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LE PECQ (France): The four Tour de France teams that have lost staff members following positive COVID-19 tests this week will not automatically be sent home if another staff member tests positive, confirmed Thursday the organizer of the race.
Health rules for the race state that teams can be sent home if they have two or more positive tests in a seven-day period.
But race organizer ASO confirmed on Thursday that the daily counter will be reset when the teams are tested again on the Tour’s second and last day of rest next Monday.
This clarification lifts a weight on Cofidis, AG2R La Mondiale, Ineos Grenadiers and Mitchelton Scott, the teams who each saw a staff member test positive on the first day of rest.
Because they’ll all essentially start over on the next round of testing, a single positive test on Monday won’t automatically trigger their exclusion, ASO said.
But any team that registers two or more positives can still be sent home. The battery of tests will be the last before the end of the Tour on September 20 in Paris.
No runner tested positive in the first set of rest tests. Tour director Christian Prudhomme tested positive and was forced to leave the race for what he hopes will be just a week of self-isolation.

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