The Tour continues without its director, positive for COVID-19

Christian Prudhomme is isolated and his duties are assumed by Lemarchand. At least four other team assistants are also infected.

Despite the tension generated by the consequences of the PCR tests (two positives in the same team lead to immediate expulsion according to the health protocol recommended by the Government to the French round), the Tour continues without cases among cyclists, although it does not occur the same with its director, Christian Prudhomme, and four members of four different sports groups, Ineos, Cofidis, Ag2r and Mitchelton.

Prudhomme is infected (a second test certified the result) and therefore will remain in quarantine and absent for a week. He is asymptomatic and isolated and, as the organizers (ASO) themselves pointed out through an official note, "he does not belong to the race bubble and he did not mix with the runners or the squads." In the morning, he did not show up at the Oléron starting point and canceled an interview with an Italian medium, Spazio Ciclismo. François Lemarchand replaced him in car number one and inherited his responsibilities. Prudhomme's long-term contacts will have to carry out a monitoring process (dealing with countless people from the village to the podium ceremony, or dinners and receptions). For example, the Prime Minister of France, Jean Castex, who announced that he would pass "a comprehensive check-up as quickly as possible." Both shared the day on Saturday in the Pyrenees.

333 333 Of the 841 tests carried out, at least four positives were detected among the technical staff, Ineos, Cofidis, Ag2r and Mitchelton assistants (who left the Tour bubble heading to their respective homes), as well as that of a worker from the organization . False positives were also recorded, such as that of a member of the Deceuninck who was transferred by ambulance before leaving for the mobile laboratory for a complementary rapid test, which confirmed the negative.

Regarding Ineos, Cofidis, Ag2r and Mitchelton, a second case in Isère's analysis, on the second day of rest on Monday, September 14, will imply their exclusion from the Tour, as detailed by the Government's health regulations and those involved assured AS . The four formations have cyclists within the top-ten: Egan Bernal, second; Guillaume Martin, third; Romain Bardet, fourth; and Adam Yates, eighth. And, as the protocol dictates, anyone who maintains a close relationship with positives will be followed up.

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