La Vuelta closes its bubble

The teams undergo a PCR test before the race starts tomorrow with a strict sanitary protocol to avoid COVID-19 infections.


Everything prepared for tomorrow to start a Vuelta 2020 in Irún marked by restrictions and with a strict health protocol that minimizes the risks of the pandemic. Measures that will try to close the bubble of cyclists as much as possible, of which they try to have as little contact as possible with outsiders: there will be no presentation of classic teams (instead a ceremony will be held before the start of the first stage ), the bus parks, a common point of contact between cyclists and fans, will be completely closed to spectators and contact with the media and the rest of the race staff is being limited as much as possible. In addition, the capacity restrictions or, as will happen in the first goal of the top of Arrate, the total prohibition of spectators in the race, will be the keynote of a date that will try to avoid the dangers of the pandemic as much as possible.

The teams are already in Irún and surroundings. The runners came yesterday to undergo the first PCR tests, which will be key both in this start and in the rest days, to evaluate the health of the bubble. The different equipment was dropped by the laboratory set up by the organization in the Irundarra town. It was the case of the Movistar of Enric Mas and Alejandro Valverde or the formation that has the two top favorites in the general, the Jumbo of the defending champion, Primoz Roglic, and Tom Dumoulin. The Slovenian, second classified on the Tour, came in good spirits with his teammates to undergo the corresponding medical examination.

Checks that can be carried out at any stage if necessary, since the organization also presented the mobile laboratory that will follow the peloton throughout the race (mounted on a 14-meter trailer) and that will be used to test the players at any time. members of the bubble, both the runners and the staff members who will be most in contact with them. In addition, there will also be a multidisciplinary team made up of doctors, specialists in clinical analysis, chemists, biologists, biochemists, laboratory technicians, technical health personnel ...

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