Update of UCI protocol for the resumption of cycling competitions regarding the Grands Tours

Aug 28, 2020, 12:36 PM

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today announces that certain regulatory provisions contained in the protocol pertaining to the Rules for the resumption of the road cycling season in the context of the coronavirus pandemic have been reevaluated regarding the Grands Tours.

At the request of the teams (AIGCP), several meetings have been held this week resulting in a partial revision of the protocol, effective from Friday 28 August, the day before the start of the Tour de France (29 August – 20 September).

The adjustments made come from the desire to optimise the interpretation of a positive viral diagnostic test and confirm that it indeed corresponds with a recent coronavirus infection.

The new measures are the following:

  • In the case of a positive test for Covid-19 during a Grand Tour, the organiser must do everything possible – but without being liable – to proceed as far as possible with a complementary test and a serological analysis before the following stage. These complementary examinations will be a very useful additional element in the global medical assessment, which will make it possible to evaluate the contagious character or not of the rider (or team member) and which will enable the regulatory measures to be applied.
  • A rider or team member confirmed positive for Covid-19 during a stage race will be isolated according to the health regulations and will leave the event in question. As a matter of precaution, this measure will also apply if it has not been possible to carry out the complementary tests and the global medical assessment, as clarified further up.
  • In the case of two or more riders from the same team testing positive for Covid-19 within a period of seven days at a Grand Tour, the UCI will give the event organiser authorisation to announce the withdrawal of the team for health reasons, on the condition however, that theglobal medical assessment carried out confirm the positive cases.

Finally, in the interests of guaranteeing the confidentiality of medical information, the UCI gives a reminder that communication linked to the health situation is its responsibility, in coordination with the team and the organiser.

UCI President David Lappartient said: “The adjustments made today to the UCI protocol have enabled us to find the right balance between the legitimate concerns of teams faced with the risk of exclusion and the vital preservation of the peloton’s health. I call on all cycling’s families, in particular the riders and teams, to continue acting with the same sense of responsibility and united spirit that they have demonstrated since racing resumed. All the protective measures respecting the rules such as wearing a mask in the hotels and buses must be scrupulously followed. We must give the Tour de France and the 2020 cycling season a chance to carry on to the end, and give our sport, heavily affected by the health crisis, a chance to move forward.”

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