Tour de France “rest” includes virus tests


LA ROCHELLE, France – It was a day of rest like no other for the Tour de France group. Runners would normally have taken a Monday time off with friends and family, but this year is different. In addition to their recovery routine, the remaining 166 runners have remained in their own “bubble” as they underwent coronavirus tests that will decide if they can continue running.

“It’s disturbing, but you have to be patient,” said Frenchman Warren Barguil. “We will see our families in Paris on September 20. “

Football: Lionel Messi resumed training with Barcelona on Monday, nearly two weeks after telling the club he wanted to leave. … Nicolo Barella led the only goal as Italy beat the Netherlands 1-0 in their Nations League game. … Champions League winners Bayern Munich will face Europa League winners Sevilla in the Super Cup on September 24, and UEFA hopes that around 20,000 fans will be present at the Puskas Arena, with a capacity of with 67,000 places in Budapest, Hungary. … striker from France Kylian Mbappe has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Tuesday’s Nations League game against Croatia. … England players Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood are dropped for Tuesday’s game against Denmark after breaking coronavirus rules in Iceland. Tennis: Spectators will be allowed at Roland Garros which will begin on September 27, despite more than 30,000 deaths from COVID-19 as the number of new daily cases exceeded 8,000 last Friday. The French Tennis Federation wanted to welcome around 20,000 fans per day. Instead, Roland Garros will be divided into three zones, with 5,000 people each for the Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen courts. The area surrounding the third largest court will accommodate a maximum of 1,500 spectators per day.

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