The spectre of COVID-19 looms large over the teams preparing for the Tour de France, with team staff confirming that organizers will rule out any teams with two or more positive cases of coronavirus.
The news that teams with two positive cases would be removed from the field was first reported by cycling news site Velonews, and their story was subsequently confirmed to news outlet Reuters by two team directors ahead of the race.
“The measure was announced to us at the Criterium du Dauphine,” one unnamed sports director told Reuters.
The Criterium event is run by the same team that organizes the Tour de France, and it has been confirmed that the teams, including riders and staffers, will have to be contained within a bubble upon their arrival in Nice for the Grand Depart on Saturday. (RT)