Prudhomme back on the race after testing negative for coronavirus

  • Prudhomme back on the race after testing negative for coronavirus

Prudhomme back on the race after testing negative for coronavirus

After coming close to a first Tour de France stage win last week, Lennard Kaemna did not miss his second chance.

This is the fourth screening campaign carried out after riders and staff in the race bubble were tested within the six days before the start of the event in Nice, upon their arrival on the Tour and testing on the first rest day during the 6th and 7th September.

It was a day to forget for Ineos-Grenadiers, whose attention has shifted to stage wins after Bernal's collapse, as Carapaz had to settle for second after two brutal attacks from the breakaway group in the decisive climb had left his rivals in the red.

Swiss Sebastien Reichenbach took third place, 1:56 off the pace.

Rigoberto Uran is third, 1min 34sec behind, while Lopez and Briton Adam Yates round out the top five.

Thursday's 17th "Queen" stage is a brutal mountain trek in the Alps, over 170km and ending in Meribel at the top of the Col de la Loze, 2,304 metres above sea level.

"There will be gaps and a mix-up on the GC [general classification]", Pogacar continued.

The victory was just reward for the 24-year-old who was pipped to the line on the Puy Mary mountain last week.

"It's big for me and a relief for the team". I can nearly not imagine it. "The step I've made this year is so huge and I'm blessed to win today".

After losing more than seven minutes in the Jura mountains Sunday, defending champion Egan Bernal went through another day of hardship at the back of the race, getting dropped by the main contenders in the 11.1-km steep climb where Kaemna built his success.

Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France director also tested positive but is back in the red Škoda race vehicle today after seven days away from the event.

No rider has tested positive for the coronavirus so far, with the world's greatest cycling race on schedule to parade up the Champs Elysees in Paris on Sunday.