Tour de France director positive for Covid-19 but peloton negative | Inquirer Sports

Tour de France director positive for Covid-19 but peloton negative

/ 07:57 PM September 08, 2020

Christian Prudhomme Tour de France

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 19, 2020 Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme gives a press conference to present sanitary measures over the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic put in place for the start of the 107th edition of the Tour De France cycling race in the French Riviera city of Nice. – Tour de France director Prudhomme is positive for Covid-19, the peloton is negative, according to the organizers, AFP reports on September 8, 2020. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has tested positive for COVID-19 but all the riders in the peloton were negative, organizers said on Tuesday.

Prudhomme must now leave the race for a week to go into quarantine.

Prudhomme, who is asymptomatic, said he had tested negative for coronavirus three times before the start of this year’s race on “the 6, 20 and 27 of August”.


His role as chief organizer means he attends a large number of social events during the race. On Saturday he accompanied French Prime Minister Jean Castex when the premier visited the race.

“I leave the Tour now for a week, I’m going to do what any French employee would in this kind of case,” he confirmed to AFP.

“I’ll be watching the Tour on television, something I haven’t done for 15 years,” added Prudhomme who has been in charge of the Tour since 2007.

He said he was not surprised that the peloton was all negative, saying “the riders live like monks or soldiers”.


Intense interest had surrounded the results of the 652 swab tests as the riders were arriving by bus at the stage 10 start line on the Atlantic Island of Oleron.

Under the strict coronavirus protocol in place any team that returned two or more positive PCR tests, be they riders, managers, doctors, masseurs or mechanics, risk expulsion.


The test results were announced ahead of Tuesday’s spectacular run between the two Atlantic Islands of Oleron and Re, both of which are now connected to the French mainland by road bridges.

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