a very strict sanitary system

DECRYPTION – Single rooms, air disinfection system, no visits from family or loved ones… The Grande Boucle will start from Nice on Saturday in a very protected setting.

“The runners will be tested twice before the start”, according to Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour. Here, Wout van Aert (center) trains with his team on Thursday in Nice, two days before the start. MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

In Nice, where wearing a mask has been compulsory since August 20, the Tour de France has planted its marquee, hung its banners and left, this Thursday, the 176 riders to sneak around while the teams are presented around Place Massena. in front of an audience limited to 1000 spectators. Snapshot of“A different Tour, in a very special situation”, as summarized by Christian Prudhomme, the director of the event. In the Alpes-Maritimes, a department that has passed into the red zone, the start and finish of stages will be carried out in a “Quasi-in camera”, according to the prefect, Bernard Gonzalez. And the sites will be protected by “Blackout panels”.

Christian Prudhomme details the measures taken with regard to the health situation: “The first was to postpone the Tour de France by two months. I would like to thank again the communities, all the links in the chain who answered yes in mid-April. This means that it is a Tour de France with a lot less people entering.

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