French governments have made it tougher to Tour de France teams to make it to the finish line in Paris by determining they’ll be expelled out of the race if two or more of the members, such as employees, test positive for COVID-19 in a week.
The move was announced on Saturday by Tour organizers only a couple of hours before the beginning of the three-week race opening period from the Riviera city of Nice. It overruled a determination in the entire world biking body, the UCI, it had eased the Tour’s exception principles.
Beneath the UCI protocol declared on Friday might happen to organizers to determine whether to throw out a team after two positive tests, together with staff members never counted.
You will find 22 squads of eight riders competing at the Tour, but a total of 30 members each group when staff is comprised.
“In the positive instances in a group of 30, there’s a threat of removal of a group,” Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme told France Info radio.
The UCI’s revised protocol had reprinted staff members by the calculations after complaints from groups that feared their riders could be excluded from the race.
This week, four staff members of the Belgian team Lotto-Soudal were shipped home following”non-negative” coronavirus evaluations. The group said that a mechanic and a part of this rider support team returned”one favorable and one questionable outcome.” Both abandoned the race bubble together with their roommates.
In the event of a positive outcome through the race, the UCI has advocated organizers to”do everything possible to execute a retest and also a blood evaluation before the next phase.
The step is aimed at preventing false-positive evaluations that may rule out healthful riders.
Tour organizers have put up a portable coronavirus laboratory that may produce results in just two hours and manage 50 tests every day on race times. But, Prudhomme stated he can not guarantee that a rider is going to receive the extra tests before he’s taken out of the race after an initial positive outcome.
But this year the race will also no longer comprise the custom of the winning cyclists adopting girls – also called”podium women” – that has drawn criticism that it is sexist and quite unnecessary.