The Tour de France entered its final week on Tuesday, with more than 500 miles of racing to go and just 40 seconds separating the leader from his closest pursuer.
The peloton has already completed 15 stages, covered nearly 1,650 miles and lost 20 cyclists, none of them to the coronavirus, despite early concerns that the race could trigger new waves of infections in a country that has experienced an upsurge in cases in recent weeks. On Tuesday, the Tour announced that another 785 tests – conducted on Sunday and Monday on riders, 22 team staff and race officials – all came back negative.
However, it was not quite as usual. Tour fans have been rarer on the sides of the road, and selfies and autographs are prohibited. The runners put on masks as soon as they cross the finish line and operate in a restricted environment, although this has not been foolproof: last week, Christian Prudhomme, the race director, tested positive at coronavirus, as well as a few members of the team. .