The 107th edition of the Tour de France is facing a possible cancellation as the country is tackling a fresh surge in coronavirus infections.
The Tour was due to run from June 27-July 19, but it was postponed for August 27-September 20.
Four staff members of the Lotto-Soudal team were sent away from the race after two of them tested positive for the virus.
“After a PCR test, specific to SARS-Cov-2, revealed two non-negative cases, Team Lotto-Soudal decided to send home two staff people, as well as their room mates. Safety remains priority number one”, Lotto-Soudal said in a statement.
Organisers had reportedly said that, should two members of a team test positive for the virus, the outfit would be excluded from the race.
The Tokyo Olympics, Wimbledon and French Open tennis, and golf’s British Open are among the major sporting events this year which have been postponed or cancelled.