Tour de France will have male and female podium hosts for first time, as battle to save race revealed

As podium kisses are banned, the post-coronavirus Tour de France begins to take shape

Julian Alaphilippe on the podium at the 2019 Tour de France (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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The Tour de France will have male and female podium hosts for the first time at this year's race, as organisers also bring in numerous safety measures in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme recently announced steps that will be taken to protect both fans and the peloton, as well as shedding light on the fight to save the race in the spring as the coronavirus outbreak swept through Europe.

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