The captain who abandons the ship during the crossing. The misadventure experienced at the start of the week on the Tour de France by Christian Prudhomme will be a milestone. Never before the former journalist of the sports department of France Television, a boss of the Grande Boucle had not left her along the way. The Parisian had no choice. Tested positive for Covid-19 along with five other members of the race bubble including four staff members from four different teams (a second by the end and the team in question will be excluded from the Tour), Cofidis, Mitchelton-Scott , Ineos Grenadiers and AG2R-La Mondiale – Prudhomme was forced, health protocol obliges, to give up his managerial costume to his deputy François Lemarchand. In the best case, he will get it back next Tuesday the day after the second day of rest. In the worst case, he will drive this Tour de France 2020 remotely until the end. And to think that the person, who swore Tuesday night on RTL not having “shaken any hands or kissed since last March”, should not even have undergone a test originally. Only runners and staff members were in fact supposed to take the PCR test.
It was Prudhomme himself who wished to be tested
But Prudhomme, whose function involves speaking with everyone, and first and foremost the guests (Prime Minister Jean Castex, invited in his car during the 8th stage, was tested – negative – in the wake), also wanted to know. “I wanted to be tested. “ With the result that we know then that none of the 165 runners then still in the race, on the other hand, was infected. Result: back to square one for the boss of the race, who returned to his home in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine) on Wednesday. Previously, at the microphone of France 3, he had wanted to relativize about it. “I am doing very well, I have no symptoms. We did not want me to be in the race bubble, because I am in contact with elected officials and partners. I will be away from the Tour for seven days. We have to put things in perspective. There were thirty thousand deaths in France, I’m fine. The race continues. “Already in August, Prudhomme had taken three tests, all negative. This time it was not. A shame for those who feared cases of coronavirus within the peloton. In this regard, he can rest easy.