Tour de France Won’t be Held Behind Closed Doors

Tour de France

A variety of sports have returned around the globe with many of the events being held behind closed doors. Restrictions are lifting in certain countries allowing sports fans to return to watch in the stadium. The Tour de France is one of those sports events hoping to be held in front of live fans. However, the race’s organizers have stated there will be restrictions as they continue to outline plans for the August and September race. Fans of racing can get the latest odds for the upcoming Indianapolis 500. The historic motorsport race will take place on August 23 and fans are debating which driver will in the event.

Organizers of the Tour de France have outlined two potential scenarios to hold the race in the COVID-19-era. The first scenario outlined by organizers is to add increased social distancing measures to the event. However, the Tour de France will still resemble most of the races in the event’s history. Fans would still be able to attend and enjoy the race as in previous years. Yet, additional measures would (hope to) ensure fans are socially distanced.

The second scenario for the Tour de France is stricter. If organizers decide to use the second plan, it would restrict the number of fans and media members able to attend the race’s stages. French authorities and race organizers will test the second scenario during the Critérium du Dauphiné on August 12th through the 16th to determine how well the plan can be carried out.

One of the areas that must be addressed during the Tour de France is how well can the event’s owners, ASO, implement rules and procedures if a coronavirus outbreak occurs. ASO and the French government are working together to create a strong plan that will be flexible throughout the Tour de France.

The Tour de France is expected to have the same rules used at the Vuelta a Burgos in which physical contact will be limited. Unlike in previous Tour de France events, media and fans will not be able to move freely around the team coach parking area. In addition, only team staff members will be able to access the finish line areas. Fans won’t be able to drive up the Tour de France’s most popular hills and climbs. Rather, they will need to walk or cycle up the climbs to gain vantage points to watch the race.

Teams will create bubbles within their teams that will be COVID-19-free areas. The individuals in the bubble will be tasked with staying together and adhering to health control rules. According to organizers, team hotels will be under strict control. Fewer people will be allowed to enter the hotels and teams will have separate dining room areas. Riders will travel via a team bus rather than flying to the various stages.

The 2020 Tour de France starts on Saturday, August 29 and runs until Sunday, September 20. Twenty-three-year-old Bernal will hope to win his second straight Tour de France. The Team Ineos rider is the favorite, according to sportsbooks, and should be near the front of the pack at the end of the race.

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