Rid­ers face anx­ious wait for Covid-19 test re­sults

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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.

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