Virus worries eased for Tour de France teams after positives

LE PECQ, France (AP) — The four Tour de France teams that lost employees members to certain COVID-19 assessments this week won’t mechanically be despatched dwelling if one other employees member assessments certain, the trudge organizer confirmed on Thursday.

Wisely being principles for the trudge insist teams could well presumably be despatched dwelling in the occasion that they’ve two or more certain assessments in a seven-day span.

Nonetheless trudge organizer ASO confirmed on Thursday that the day-counter will be reset to zero when teams are tested again on the Tour’s 2d and closing relaxation day subsequent Monday.

That clarification lifts a weight off Cofidis, AG2R La Mondiale, Ineos Grenadiers, and Mitchelton Scott, the teams that each saw a employees member test certain on the first relaxation day.

Because they’re going to all undoubtedly be initiating afresh in the following round of checking out, a single certain test on Monday is never any longer going to mechanically discipline off their exclusion, ASO mentioned.

Nonetheless any group that registers two or more positives could well per chance mute be despatched dwelling. The battery of assessments could well per chance be the closing sooner than the Tour finishes on Sept. 20 in Paris.

No rider became as soon as certain in the first round of relaxation-day assessments.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme did test certain and became as soon as forced to quit the trudge for what he hopes will be trusty one week of self-isolation.

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