Report: No riders positive for coronavirus on the Tour’s first rest day
All riders in the Tour de France are free to continue the race on Tuesday after all were cleared of coronavirus.
A total of roughly 650 riders and team staff were tested on the race’s first rest day and the day prior. As reported by L’Equipe all riders tested negative. It’s not yet clear whether any team staffers tested positive.
According to media reports, one staff member at Deceuninck-QuickStep was retested on Tuesday morning following an apparent error with their first test. That staffer reportedly tested negative.
This from DQS: ‘An error was made in the laboratory with the sample that the individual gave yesterday, meaning they were taken for restesting this morning. The result of this second test has been returned as negative and we will continue to race as normal.’
— Jeremy Whittle (@jeremycwhittle) September 8, 2020
Any rider or team staffer that tests positive to coronavirus during the Tour will be sent home. Two confirmed positives from within a single team will see the whole team ejected.
After a rest day yesterday, the Tour de France continues today with a largely flat stage from Île d’Oléron to Île de Ré along France’s west coast. Crosswinds could feature.
Riders and team staff will be tested for coronavirus again on the race’s second rest day, scheduled for next Monday after the completion of stage 15.
More to come …
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