The Tour de France is about to race the complete 205 kilometres from Rodez to Carcassonne on Sunday, regardless of forecasts of 38-40°C (100°F-104°F) temperatures for the southwest of France.
Whereas skilled biking has an Excessive Climate Protocol and races have been minimize or cancelled as a consequence of excessive situations, the Tour de France peloton appears prepared to simply accept racing via the warmth wave.
The Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA) riders affiliation and their Tour de France consultant Pascal Chanteur have been involved with their riders, Tour de France organisers, UCI judges and workforce managers to seek out a number of options to assist the riders.
Cyclingnews understands ace organisers are set to create water sprays alongside the stage to douse the riders and funky the roads with the assistance of native firefighters, whereas the UCI judges will flip a blind eye to littering as riders seize further bidons and drinks throughout the day from the roadsides and extra race motorbikes.
As an extra measure, the UCI judges introduced that feeding will probably be allowed till the ultimate 10km of the stage within the official communique issued on Saturday night.
“On Sunday, the rise in temperatures continues, particularly within the South-West the place values near 40°C will typically be reached,” an official French climate warning stated, with a 3rd of the 101 French departments given an orange warmth wave warning. No purple warnings [heat that causes adverse health effects] have but been issued.
“It will likely be the identical for everybody,” Tadej Pogačar stated of racing within the warmth earlier than the current Alpine phases
“You simply need to maintain your physique cool sufficient. I do not assume anybody likes to race for 5 hours within the 40-degree [heat], I do not even assume it is wholesome for us.”
Pogačar has taken to carrying an ice vest as he indicators on and features up earlier than the stage begins. He additionally places ice cubes down his socks earlier than driving to the beginning and ice packs on his neck throughout the phases.
The Tour’s ultimate transition phases from the Alps to the Pyrénées through the Occitanie area will see the peloton journey right into a warmth wave rising throughout Europe from North Africa and Spain.
The highway floor will probably be hotter than the air temperature, reflecting warmth as much as the riders and presumably damaging the highway floor. French authorities intend to have firefighters spray the roads with 10,000 litres of water to chill the floor quarter-hour forward of the riders to decrease the temperatures.
“Throughout a heatwave, such because the one we expect of over 38 levels, the highway temperature goes as much as round 60 levels,” French highway security coordinator Andre Bancala instructed the AFP information company.
“If the highway floor is 55 or 60 levels, and the cyclists are solely 20 centimetres above that, then the rider is topic to publicity to excessive temperatures,” Bancala defined.
“Absolutely the document for warmth was in 2010 with a highway temperature of 63 levels when Sylvain Chavanel received within the Jura, however this weekend we might even break that. So we’re mobilising to fight that.”
Thankfully for the riders, the worst of the heatwave might hit southwestern France throughout Monday’s third relaxation day.
Temperatures are anticipated to fall to a extra affordable 32°C for Tuesday’s 178.5km stage from Carcassonne to Foix within the foothills of the Pyrenees.
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