Tour de France on coronavirus red alert as teams gather for Nice start

first_imgTour de France ‘Grand Depart’ host city Nice scrambled to impose tighter health protocols on Thursday as the region was reclassified as a COVID-19 ‘red zone’ while four members of one team were sent home after positive pre-race tests.With contenders mulling the likely sprint finish on the Mediterranean city’s celebrated seafront Promenade des Anglais, it was announced only a few dozen fans could get to see the race start on Saturday.Authorities in the chic seaside town decided Thursday’s team parade and fan park could only host 1,000 spectators, leaving the vast downtown Place Massena almost deserted for the show with thousands of fans packed outside large blacked out barriers. There was an “undeniable resurgence” of the COVID-19 epidemic throughout France, Castex told a press conference, with 39 positive tests per 100,000 population — four times the level of a month ago, and rising in all age groups.”We knew it was coming,” regional prefect Bernard Gonzalez said. “We are shifting from tight conditions, to very tight conditions,” he said, flanked by Nice mayor Christian Estrosi and Tour de France organizer Christian Prudhomme.Saturday’s Promenade des Anglais start line will allow just 100 spectators, reserved for municipality staff “who worked so hard to get this to happen” Gonzalez said.There will also be no camper vans or pop-up villages on the summits in the mountains behind Nice on stage two.”People should stay home and watch on television,” Gonzalez said, without going as far as banning people from gathering in their thousands by the roadside.Anyone involved in the Tour — riders and the rest of the caravan — have undergone nasal tests for coronavirus symptoms.”It’s unpleasant [the nasal swab] but necessary. We are all here ready to race after all,” Astana’s Colombian captain Miguel Angel Lopez told AFP.The Nice mayor went even further.”Inside the Tour is where you are most protected from the spread of the virus,” said Estrosi. Outsprinting COVID-19 The Tour de France, however, appears to be succeeding where the Tokyo Olympics and football’s Euros failed, in getting their event staged in 2020, albeit late and in reduced circumstances.The mountainous 21-day race starts Saturday with a run around the outskirts of Nice but avoids the low Alps behind it until stage two, meaning the first stage should end in a mass bunch sprint.The winner of stage one will wear the overall leader’s yellow jersey, but in the long term will be targeting the green jersey awarded to the best sprinter.Lotto-Soudal’s Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan, who stands at 1.65m, is a red hot favorite to win the opener.”I feel more pressure than last year at the start of my first Tour de France,” says Ewan who won three stages including the clincher on the Champs-Elysees in 2019.”I’ve stepped up again another level and I’m ready to take up the challenge on Saturday,” said the affable 26-year-old.”Stage one is not too hard for me.”The conditions may be rainy and lower temperatures suit me better,” said the man from New South Wales, who lives down the coast from Nice in Monaco.Temperatures Saturday are expected to be around 26C with frequent showers. Topics : Fines of 135 euros were dished out to anyone without a protective face mask in Nice’s terrace-lined squares and along the beachfront walkways.The Alpes-Maritimes region where Nice is situated was reclassified as a COVID-19 red zone, along with 18 other French departments in a decision from French Prime Minister Jean Castex.On Thursday evening, Belgian team Lotto said it had sent four of their entourage home after two of them tested ‘non-negative’ for their PCR nasal swab COVID-19 tests.Any team that has two riders test positive will be expelled from the Tour.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA HURLERS PERFORM SUPERBLY AT FÉILE

first_imgBUNCRANA CLG NOTES (26.06.2016)Féile Hurling Report It was that time of year again for the Buncrana hurlers, Féile time. The bags were packed the grips were tightened and their new Féile gear was presented, so we were ready for our trip to TIPP. We decided to make the long trip on the Thursday so as the lads would be well rested for our 1st game on Friday against a local Tipperary side Clonoulty/ RossmoreGame 1 Vs Clonoulty/Rossmore, TipperaryDespite the planning and preparation the lads were not themselves and were very sluggish. Clonoulty/Rossmore wanted to make a mark on their home pitch in front of their home support and was very much up for the game, and while the lads battled throughout. The final score was 5-3 to0-3 to Clonoulty/RossmoreGame 2 Vs Dour Roads Roscommon After a disappointment of the 1st game the lads 1st competitive defeat of the year the lads were determined to get back to winning ways. However, despite their determination, Four Roads Roscommon also saw this chance to get a win after their 1st game lost. The game ebbed and flowed and finally the Buncrana boys got their noses in front and were not for the stress level amongst the parents and support the boys. The boys held on for the win with the final score 3-1 to 2-3 to BuncranaGame 3 Vs Templederry/Ballinahinch, TipperaryAfter a “good night’s sleep” our next match was with our host Templederry/Ballinahinch from Tipperary. The hosts were a very good side with a few exceptional players down the middle of the team. The BUncrana boys wanted to put up a good performance, and indeed they never gave up, but out host were very clinical around our goal and took their chances when they came. The final score was 2-11 to 0-2 to Templederry/Balinahinch. This now meant that our hosts had won the group and were heading to play a cup quarter final while Buncrana were of to a shield quarter finalGame 4 Quarter Finals Vs O’Neills Crotta, KerryThe quarter Final paired probably the furthest clubs in the competition, Buncrana ,Donegal and O’Neills Crotta, Kerry, Which why the Féile is such a special competition. Buncrana now were in no mood to lose this match while they may have lost to better teams that morning. They had started to get their game going while the game was exciting. Buncrana were always in control and finished with the victory they deserved. The final score was 2-6 to 1-3 to Buncrana this meant Buncrana was through to the Semi FinalsGame 5 Semi-Finals Vs Sallins of Kildare We now had another trip to South Tipperary on the Waterford border to play Sallins Of Kildare we all felt for the boys as the last match finished at 3pm while their Semi-Finals won’t start until 6.45pm which was a long down time to get sorted for their next game. This again was going to a close game and Buncrana took a good lead, However just on half time Sallins drew level. This seemed to inspire Sallins as they then added 2 quick goals to take a 6 point lead. Again Buncrana were not going to go down without a fight and battled to the end but just as they were getting on top the final whistle blew and we’d ran out of time. Final score was 3-4 to 3-1 to SallinsThe Buncrana team gave their all and represented Buncrana and Donegal with great pride.The management of Tommy O’Neill, John O’Doherty and Francis Craig must be given great praise for looking after the boys all year. Also great thanks must be given to Catherine O’Neill for all her work behind the scenes and Thanks given to Deehan Family for their Sponsorship of the Team GearAlso a big thanks to Templderry/Ballinahinch clubs for their hospitality throughout the weekend and for looking after the Buncrana BoysNEED YOUR HELP Folks…. Here is a great opportunity for us to received much need gear for our underage…..and it’s you that can help….Here’s how it worksWith every €40 you spend with your real rewards card over the next 8 weeks you will received a voucher for the club of your choice (preferably Buncrana Gaa Club Og) drop this voucher into the box at the entrance to the toilets, if we manage to get 2000 vouchers we will all the mentioned gear FREE courtesy of our local Supervalu…..Please Start Collecting FolkRecycling BinBuncrana GAA has a recycle bin at The Scarvey. Anyone who wishes to place old clothes, shoes, curtains, towels etc… can do so. This helps raise funds for the club. Open for anyone to use.Bord Na nOgGaelic footballBoys & GirlsU6 Fundamentals Fridays at 6.30pmBoysU8 Boys Friday from 6.30pm – 7.30pmU10 Boys Friday from 6.45pm – 8.00pmU12 Boys Friday from 6.30pm – 8.00pmU14 Boys Friday from 7.00pm – 8.30pmU16 Boys Monday 7.00pmGirls:Reminder to everyone that our underage girls training has moved outdoors!U10s girls on Friday from 3:30 to 4:30pmU8s girls on Friday from 4:30 to 5:30pmU12, & U16 Girls on Monday 6.30pmU14 Girls Wednesday 4.00pmTraining in The Scarvey, Bring gum shield and water and €2 for training contribution.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA HURLERS PERFORM SUPERBLY AT FÉILE was last modified: June 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaGAASportlast_img read more

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