(Reuters) – The Professional Runners Association (CPA) on Saturday called on cycling enthusiasts to wear masks on the Tour de France course during the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday.
“To cycling fans: respect the riders, respect yourself, respect the distance and wear a mask,” the CPA said in a statement.
Race organizers decided that 26 climbs would be closed to motor vehicles in order to avoid mass gatherings, forcing spectators to walk or pedal the road to see the peloton in the passes.
Several fans were seen running by runners without face masks.
All runners and team staff will be tested for coronavirus on Sunday and on Monday’s rest day. If two members of a team – runners or staff – test positive within seven days, their entire outfit will be excluded from the race.
France recorded nearly 9,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, setting a record since the start of the pandemic.