Tour de France boss Christian Prudhomme still assumes that the upcoming edition of the Tour de France will be held with a public. The Frenchman does ask the spectators to wear a face mask along the entire course.

"It is inevitable that there will be spectators along the course," Prudhomme told the French newspaper Nice-Matin on Tuesday . "That is why I am calling for masks to be worn."

“If you love the Tour and its champions and stand along the course, then you wear a face mask. And not just in places where it will be mandatory, such as the start and the finish, where we will make sure it is respected. "

Prudhomme emphasizes that it is not allowed to ask the riders for selfies and autographs. "This is not the year for that. The riders will say hello from a distance."

'Federer and Messi also do not give signatures for the match'

"Ultimately, that's the same as with Wimbledon or the Champions League final. Federer and Messi will not sign the game in the morning either. But once the pandemic is over, the Tour will return to its original form."

The advertising caravan in the Tour will also be shortened a lot. The organization of 'La Grande Boucle' is also preparing a so-called health bubble around the riders.

The 107th edition of the Tour starts on Saturday, August 29 in Nice and traditionally ends on Sunday, September 20 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

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