Riders face anxious wait for Covid-19 test results
Riders and teams run arguably the biggest gauntlet of this Tour de France so far on today’s rest day in the west of the country, as they undergo testing for Covid-19 for the first time since the race began in Nice – a Covid “red zone” – over a week ago.
There is a sense of trepidation at what the tests
might show up. ASO, the organiser, has said any team with two positives – riders or staff – will be expelled from the race.
Teams and riders reacted with dismay at the sight of spectators, many of them unmasked, packing the climbs of the Pyrenees over the weekend, screaming the riders on, or running alongside them.
“Coronavirus is here, and we want the Tour to get to Paris,” Jumbo Visma’s Tom Dumoulin said. “There we can have people screaming without masks, and it will be fine.”
Teams have attempted to stay in a “race bubble”, with buses and team hotels out of bounds to journalists.