Nice (dpa) – Due to the significant increase in the number of infections, a team is now excluded from the Tour de France if there are two positive corona cases within seven days in the entire team, including the environment.
Tour director Christian Prudhomme announced this on Saturday shortly before the start of the 107th Tour de France. The measure was only relaxed on Friday after a decision by the UCI world association. Accordingly, a team would only have been excluded if there were two positive cases among the respective eight drivers. In the immediate team environment are about 20 other people, such as physiotherapists, bus drivers and sports directors.
According to Prudhomme, the decision was taken by the inter-ministerial crisis team. The reason for this is the increasing number of new infections in France for days. On Friday evening, the Health Ministry reported 7,379 new cases within 24 hours, speaking of an “exponential increase”. The day before it was more than 6,000, before that it was more than 5,000.
This could quickly lead to team exclusions in the next three weeks. It was only Thursday that the Belgian Lotto Soudal team reported two positive cases to the supervisory staff and sent a total of four people home.
Under strict Corona measures, the tour should roll across the country for the next three weeks. Spectators are allowed, albeit limited. The first two days have already been severely restricted. Instead of the 5,000 spectators actually allowed into the start and finish area, only a few dozen people should be allowed. The department in the Nice region is classified as a red zone, where the virus is particularly strong.