Ben Hermans warns of psychological impact of social isolation during Tour de France

Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) en route to winning stage 2 of the 2019 Tour of Utah
Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) en route to winning stage 2 of the 2019 Tour of Utah (Image credit: Getty Images)

Ben Hermans was originally slated to make his Tour de France debut in 2020 but the Israel Start-Up Nation rider has opted out of the rescheduled event, warning of the psychological impact of the social isolation required of participants both before and during the race.

The Tour was postponed from July to its new dates of August 29 to September 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the suspension of the international cycling season in March. 

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