"We have to get to Paris"

Today the results of the squad's PCR tests will be known. Two positives will lead to expulsion from the team. Roglic, confident before the second week.

In the midst of a global pandemic, the first day of rest of the 2020 Tour was not going to be normal. The runners passed their PCR tests before or after they went out to race. Like Movistar, who first let go of his legs, then got on his bus, went to the press room and complied with the health protocol in the hope that the results that will be communicated today will not lead them to abandon the race: “We have the assurance that we are following all the measures required by the organization and the French Government ”. As internal sources assured AS (without official confirmation), there was some positive and several teams without blemish.

The French Ministry of Solidarity and Health recommended that ASO, the company responsible for the Tour, retain its original provisions: two cases of COVID-19, belonging to cyclists or the technical team, will mean the immediate expulsion of the entire structure. The tension in the Pyrenees stages grew as the analyzes were carried out among the auxiliaries. The pressure of COVID-19 in the country was also increasing, since on Friday, September 4, the maximum peak of infected was registered, 8,975 people in one day (including the first wave of March), and the red zones with restrictions were expanded to 28 departments. Faced with this scenario, the desire and motivation of the squad is common: “We must get to Paris” .

Under normal conditions within all the anomalies caused by the virus and that can occur on the Tour, such as the fans that caught Mikel Landa and Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic should not suffer to defend the lead in this second block. This is how the Slovenian recognized it: “We will have to be vigilant during the Atlantic day, so that the wind does not cause problems between Oléron and Ré, and to control the goals at the top of Puy Mary and the Grand Colombier. I trust my Jumbo guys. " His compatriot Pogacar, whom he points to as the strongest rival, did not hesitate when talking about his plans: "I will attack whenever my legs allow me to." The defending champion, Egan Bernal, believes that the yellow will be decided in the last week: "Then it will be time to perform at the best." Meanwhile, to cross out stages. And that there is health and the PCR tests do not cross out anybody.

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