Published on: 07/11/2022 – 11:43 All Tour de France riders, tested before the rest day, are negative for Covid-19, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Monday. An epidemic within the peloton worries the participants. One less source of anxiety for runners. While all the participants in the Tour de France 2022 took a Covid-19 detection test on Sunday July 10 at the end of the 9th stage, they all came back negative.” All the riders participating in the Tour de France were tested on the evening of July 10. All the tests were negative”, formalized, Monday morning, the UCI while the riders observe a day of rest in Haute-Savoie. But, insisted the international federation, ” the rules put in place two years ago in the interest of everyone’s health and safety continue to apply, including the obligation to wear a mask, to maintain sufficient physical distance and to frequently disinfect the hands”. In addition to the riders, the members of the management of the 22 teams must undergo a test on the occasion of this day of rest. A lightened protocol specifically for the TourThe new wave of Covid, which particularly affects France , has already caused departures in the supervision of several teams, both in terms of personnel and group management. The Quick-Step team alone has had to call on three new sports directors since the start of the Tour. Before the start in Copenhagen, half a dozen riders were replaced within their respective teams. Following the cascade of retirements recorded at the Tour de Suisse in mid-June, the anti-Covid protocol was updated before the start of the Tour by the International Cycling Union. Tests are compulsory before the start and during the two days of rest from the event in Morzine and Carcassonne, riders and team staff included. , the event’s Covid-19 doctor and the UCI’s medical director”.Guillaume Martin denounces an “artistic vagueness”Three riders, however, had to leave the race since the start in Denmark, after undergoing an anti-Covid test positive. The French Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroën) and the Norwegian Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE), a teammate of the Slovenian yellow jersey Tadej Pogacar, left Saturday morning before the start of the 8th stage. The French Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) imitated them the next morning. In an interview with the newspaper L’Équipe, Guillaume Martin, who felt in good shape, criticized this point of the UCI protocol and wondered about the definition of the criteria used to reach a decision: “It’s a great artistic vagueness and that’s where I got it wrong. I had stuck with the idea that the protocol had been arranged so that a positive but asymptomatic runner can continue. I thought I would fit into this box. “But, admitted the Norman runner, his last PCR test “revealed a fairly low ‘R rate’, so my contagiousness was quite high”.
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