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Tour team staff and race director test positive

Four teams at the Tour de France face a nervous week after each learning yesterday that a staff member had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, as one more positive within a week would see the whole team excluded from the race.

All 22 teams set off on the 10th stage after the riders themselves tested negative, with deputy race director Francois Lemarchand waving the flag for racing to commence in place of his boss Christian Prudhomme — who it emerged had also tested positive. French health authorities and organizer Amaury Sport Organization have said that should two members of a team, riders or staff, test positive for the coronavirus the whole outfit will be kicked out of the race. The International Cycling Union and the organizers said in a joint statement that one staff member each from French outfits Cofidis and AG2R-La Mondiale, Britain’s Team Ineos and Australia’s Mitchelton-Scott had contracted the virus. A fourth round of testing for all teams is scheduled to take place on the next rest day in Isere on September 14. The organizers added that race director Prudhomme would leave the race for a week.


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