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The tour director positive for covid-19

Christian Prudhomme underwent a test, which turned out to be positive for covid-19 and must deviate from the test for a week, we learned on Tuesday from the race organization. However, all runners are negative and can continue the race.

Christian Prudhomme underwent a test, which turned out to be positive for covid-19 and must deviate from the test for a week, we learned on Tuesday from the race organization. However, all runners are negative and can continue the race.

(AFP) – The director of the Tour, who will be replaced on the event by François Lemarchand, will resume his place after the second day of rest, next Monday, in Isère. French Prime Minister Jean Castex, who took a seat in the Tour management car on Saturday, alongside Christian Prudhomme, to follow the 8th stage, will also undergo a covid-19 screening test.

“I’m leaving the Tour for eight days,” said Christian Prudhomme, who is asymptomatic. “I will do like any French employee in this kind of case.” Several members of the team management have also tested positive during the examinations carried out on the occasion of the first day of rest in Charente-Maritime. But no training has presented more than one positive case, which does not lead to any collective exclusion.

“I will watch the Tour on television”

According to the health protocol decided by the authorities before the start of the Tour, on August 29 in Nice, positive people must leave the event. A team is excluded if it presents two cases in its workforce of about thirty people. “The riders live like monk-soldiers, which is not my case,” said the director of the Tour, who obviously did not come to the starting village of the Tour on the island of Oléron.

By virtue of his functions, Christian Prudhomme multiplies the meetings with the guests or the elected officials, as well as the protocol obligations. “It is for this reason that I do not belong to the ‘racing bubble’ and have no contact with the runners,” he explained.

The Tour director said he had been tested three times before the start, “on August 6, 20 and 27,” each time with a negative result. “According to the information given to me, it just happened,” he added. “I’m going to watch the Tour on television, which hasn’t happened to me for fifteen years,” commented Christian Prudhomme, alone at the helm of the biggest race in the world since 2007.


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