UAE medical director recognises Tour de France COVID-19 battle is 'difficult'

LAUSANNE SWITZERLAND JULY 09 Fans cheer prior to the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 8 a 1863km stage from Dole to Lausanne Cte du Stade olympique 602m TDF2022 WorldTour on July 09 2022 in Lausanne Switzerland Photo by Alex BroadwayGetty Images
Huge crowds of fans are back at the 2022 Tour de France (Image credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

UAE Team Emirates medical staff have recognised that the battle to keep COVID-19 at bay in the 2022 Tour de France is proving to be a tough one, despite the squad being extra-meticulous about their precautions.

However, UAE Team head doctor Adriano Rotunno was critical, too, of the way the Tour de France public has been allowed to draw closer to the team buses than in the previous two pandemic years.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.