Superstar Peter Sagan (BORA-Hansgrohe) has an important message for Tour de France fans. Sagan appealed to viewers to watch the races from television in their homes.
This year’s Tour de France was held under abnormal conditions. The Covid-19 pandemic is the main threat. Even the City of Nice, the starting place for the world’s greatest racing, has been designated a red zone by French health authorities.
Tour de France organizers have announced four rules for spectators. Spectators must be two meters away from the racer. Viewers are not allowed to ask for autographs and may not take selfies . Finally, the audience must wear masks and hand sanitizers .
Additionally, organizers are trying to limit the number of fans along uphill trails, ban overnight camping and prohibit the use of camper vans on inclines. Even the team presentation on Thursday (27/8) was only witnessed by 1,000 people.
“We have to be two meters away from the people. There are no selfies with the riders. Therefore I don’t see the point where someone can enjoy the Tour de France watching it on the road,” said Sagan.
“So, it’s much better to watch the races on television,” added the three-time world champion, as reported by Velonews.
On the one hand, the limitation on the number of spectators is sad for the drivers. But all must be done for the sake of mutual health and safety. After all, strict rules also apply to teams and drivers. They do a nasal swap before the race.
“It’s important for the Tour de France that people can watch it live on television. Then, I don’t see a big difference. For sure, there will be more security for everyone,” said Sagan.
The Tour de France will start on Saturday (29/8) today. Start and finish in the same city, Nice. On paper this is a hilly route . This means that the path will flow up and down continuously. But because there are no long inclines, this ending is a flat stage.
“My wish is to try on stage one later. We’ll see if I can get past the incline. But why not?” said Sagan.