No selfies, no autographs: Tour de France to implement strict Covid-19 protocol

'Do not get too close to the spectators,' race organisers tell riders

Tour de France 2022
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The organisers of the Tour de France are set to implement a new Covid-19 protocol at the race this July, which will see interaction between fans and riders reduced. 

During last year’s edition, 17 riders left the race with Covid-19 before the final day in Paris. The virus also heavily impacted this year’s Giro d’Italia, where Soudal Quick-Step finished with just two riders, having lost five to Covid positives, including the race leader Remco Evenepoel

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.