The Tour de France is experiencing record audience figures on French television after five stages of the delayed 2020 edition.
Before the start of today’s sixth stage, won by Alexey Lutsenko from Kazakhstan, sports director at Televisions France Laurent Eric Le Lay tweeted that the race had seen record audiences on their channel.
“After five stages, 24.5 million French people have already watched the Tour de France on France Televisions, » Le Lay tweeted.
“It’s a record and it’s eight million more than in 2019.”
🚴♂️ After 5 stages, 24.5 million French people have already watched the Tour de France on France Télévisions.
A record and it’s 8 million more than in 2019. # TDF2020
– Laurent Eric Le Lay (@LaurentEric) September 3, 2020
The record audience for French television may be due to the fact that protocols are in place to limit spectator attendance.
Spectators were told to stay two meters from the runners, and were asked to wear masks and use hand sanitizer if they are on the side of the road.
A total of 700,000 masks are available, half of which are designed to be worn by the crowd.
After the sixth stage, Briton Adam Yates holds the yellow jersey, three seconds ahead of Slovenian Primož Roglič, countryman Roglic Tadej Pogacar, seven seconds from the lead.
The race is due to end on September 20 on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.