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Faced with the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, the Tour de France 2020 will start on Saturday from Nice, in a “near closed door”, announced the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes on Thursday. Two days before departure, two “non-negative” cases of Covid-19 were detected.
The Tour de France 2020 will set off on Saturday, August 29, from Nice in front of only a few dozen people, announced the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, Thursday, August 27, referring to a “near closed session for the departure”, because of the health crisis.
Two members of the Lotto team were sent home after a “non-negative” Covid-19 test, the Belgian training announced. These two cases are the first to be announced by the Tour de France. Two other people from the team, who shared a room with them, also returned. According to Belgian media, the four people who left the Tour are two assistant trainers and two mechanics.
“A first test was carried out six days ago on the whole team, said the team. This was negative for everyone. This Wednesday August 26, a second test was carried out on the staff and runners. Unfortunately, one test was positive and another was suspicious. “
They were to participate in the competition within this formation, whose leaders are the Australian Caleb Ewan and the Belgian Philippe Gilbert.
From 1,750 to 1,000 people
For the first two stages, which are run in the Nice region, Saturday and Sunday, spectators along the route must be masked and no vehicle will be able to park in the passes, added Bernard Gonzalez during a press briefing.
In addition, the number of spectators was reduced from 1,750 to 1,000 people for the presentation of the teams on Thursday, in the center of Nice.
A few hours earlier, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced, “faced with the indisputable upsurge in the epidemic”, that 19 new departments, including the Alpes-Maritimes, were placed “in the red zone”.