Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has tested positive for coronavirus along with non-riding staff members from four different teams.
Prudhomme will now enter a seven-day period of quarantine, though organisers were keen to stress that the 59-year-old – director of the Tour since 2007 – was not part of the “race bubble” or in direct contact with riders or their respective entourages.
His place in the lead car for stages 10-16 will now be occupied by Francois Lemarchand.
One member of staff from each of Team Cofidis, AG2R La Mondiale, Ineos Grenadiers and Mitchelton-Scott have also tested positive for Covid-19 following a total of 841 tests taken by those within the race bubble on Monday (September 7) and Tuesday (September 8).
Organisers additionally confirmed that a technical service provider had also left the race following a positive test, though revealed that no rider had tested positive or been considered as a contact case requiring quarantine.
News of those five positive tests was revealed shortly before the Tour de France resumed with stage 10 from Oleron to IIe de Re on Tuesday.