UCI updates COVID-19 protocols ahead of Tour de France

GRAND COLOMBIER FRANCE AUGUST 09 Podium Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Yellow Leader Jersey Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Social distancing Mask Covid Safety Measures Celebration during the 32nd Tour de LAin 2020 Stage 3 a 145km stage from Saint Vulbas to Grand Colombier 1501m tourdelain TOURDELAIN TDA on August 09 2020 in Grand Colombier France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
In 2020, the UCI imposed strict rules to combat COVID-19 and have refreshed those rules for 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The UCI has published an update to its COVID-19 health protocols ahead of the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia Donne, and Tour de France Femmes and in the wake of the mass outbreak which decimated the field at the recent Tour de Suisse and the recent rise of cases of the virus around Europe.

Drawn up by the UCI medical director, Professor Xavier Bigard in collaboration with representatives of riders, teams, team doctors, and race organisers, the new protocols bring back mandatory pre-race testing for races longer than seven days and rest day tests for Grand Tours.

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Dani Ostanek
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Season highlights from 2024 include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.