Inevitable they are, the health regulations around the Tour de France. If two riders or two staff members of a cycling team test positive or have symptoms of the coronavirus during the Tour, the whole team has to go home
Rightly so, says Iwan Spekenbrink, manager of Team Sunweb. “Of course it’s sour when you have to go home, but it’s not about whether or not you agree, the bubble has to stay clean. Or as clean as possible.”
The bubble is the isolated environment in which the riders find themselves and in which they are regularly tested and also wear mouth masks. That image has been seen many times in the races that have been ridden in recent weeks. Everything is being done to allow the Tour to take place. And that also includes measures if the bubble turns out not to be completely watertight.
“You have to come up with a system, otherwise we know for sure that we won’t make it to Paris with the Tour”, Spekenbrink is convinced. “Then you know the French government is going to shut down the event.”
The Tour de France starts on August 29th. A cycling team may still make changes to the team on that day until 10.00 a.m. in the event of an infection.