Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme has left the three-week professional bicycling race after he tested positive for coronavirus. At the weekend Prudhomme sat next to French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, in the race’s lead car during the stage to Loudenvielle in the Pyrenees.

“They were both wearing masks and respecting social distancing,” said a spokesman for Castex.

Prudhomme will now quarantine for seven days.

Yesterday was a “rest” day on the Tour and riders and race officials were tested for coronavirus. The agreed protocol from tour organizing company A.S.O. was that if two from the same team—either riders or support staff—tested positive for the virus they would be expelled from the race.

No riders tested positive after yesterday’s rest day. However, four teams risk suspension after support staff were found to be positive. The teams are Ineos Grenadiers, Mitchelton Scott, Cofidis and AG2R.

Today is the race’s tenth stage—it runs through the Charente-Maritime region.



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