During the test round on the rest day in the Tour de France, not a single rider still in race tested positive for the coronavirus. So all teams can start in the tenth stage from Île d’Oleron to Île de Ré.
However, four staff members of four different teams tested positive. These are staff members of Cofidis, Ineos, AG2R and Mitchelton-Scott. However, this has no consequences for the race because the rule is that a team will only be taken out of the Tour in case of two contaminations. The four infected staff members have now left the race.
According to the predetermined protocol, all riders and staff members of the 22 teams in the race underwent a coronavirus test on Sunday after the stage or Monday. The rule is that in case of two infections within a team, the whole team has to go home.
Unrest at Deceuninck-QuickStep
Within the Deceuninck-QuickStep team one staff member was tested again this morning. According to team leader Patrick Lefevere, it was the bus driver and he was picked up by ambulance at the team hotel, which led to speculation about a possible coronabinfection.
However, it turned out to be a false alarm. With the first test taken earlier, an error had been made in the laboratory. According to Deceuninck-QuickStep, the second test gave a negative result, which means that the employee is allowed to stay with the team.
The cycling teams in the Tour have been living in a ‘bubble’ since the start of the Tour. Before and after the race riders are protected as well as possible, but once on the road they are vulnerable.
Especially in the mountains, where the pace is low enough for fans to run a few meters. Last weekend there were thousands of supporters on the flanks of the Peyresourde who shouted the riders up. A lot of fans did this without the obligatory mask.