UCI on overnight COVID-19 Controls at Tour de France: ‘All Tests Are Negative’

Jul 27, 2022

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For the cyclists in the peloton who would have been disqualified from the race, the news comes as a big wash of relief.

GENEVA (VN) – The UCI declared that throughout the whole peloton at the Tour de France, no riders had COVID-19 diagnoses in overnight controls.

The remaining riders were all examined Sunday night, and the international governing body said on Monday that no one had been found to have the coronavirus.

A statement from them said that “all tests were negative.”

The cyclists in the peloton who could have been disqualified from the race if they tested positive for COVID-19 are relieved by the news.

Riders from a few teams, including UAE Team Emirates and Cofidis, have had to withdraw from the race owing to COVID cases.

The complete UCI declaration states that:

All riders competing in the Tour de France were tested on the evening of July 10 in accordance with the “Rules for the organization of road cycling competitions in the context of the coronavirus pandemic” established by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and recently revised for the Grand Tours.

Each test came out negative.

The UCI does, however, remind all competitors that the regulations put in place over the previous two years in the benefit of everyone’s health and safety still stand. These include the need to put on a mask, keep a safe physical distance, and periodically wash and disinfect your hands.

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