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COVID-19 unlikely to stop Tour, says French minister – Reuters

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FILE Photo: French Education and learning, Youth and Athletics Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer speaks in the course of a information convention on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) predicament in France, at the Resort Matignon in Paris, France August 27, 2020.Christophe Archambault/Pool through REUTERS

Wonderful, France (Reuters) – The likelihood of the Tour de France not staying concluded since of the COVID-19 disaster are incredibly trim, French sports activities minister Jean-Michel Blanquer explained on Saturday.

“On every single topic, whether or not it is the Tour or anything else we have to be able to adapt, to be able to make choices based on the problem,” Blanquer informed reporters forward of the first phase.

“That sort of point could take place but of training course I hope that it will not and I think that it won’t because the Tour organisers have completed an amazing career.

“The odds (of the Tour not achieving Paris) are very slim.”

The number of day-to-day circumstances in France has been mounting steadily in current months, casting a menacing shadow around the 3-week occasion which is beginning nine weeks later than initially scheduled.

French wellbeing authorities on Saturday introduced stricter rules for exclusions from the Tour in the occasion of coronavirus conditions.

They dominated that a crew should be withdrawn if two or much more of its users — which include riders and help staff — examined favourable within seven days, race organisers mentioned on Saturday.

Until now this year’s race experienced been working under Intercontinental Biking Union (UCI) guidelines which mentioned groups need to be excluded if two or much more riders have been to check constructive more than the exact time period.

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