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More on Christian Prudhomme’s positive covid-19 test: While the race director is obliged under French law to self-isolate for seven days, so is anyone who has come into contact with him in recent days.
While Prudhomme wasn’t in the official Tour bubble, despite his duties as official daily starter, he is a great PR man who is never slow when it comes to shaking hands and chatting to people. One of those who has definitely been in contact with him in recent days is the French prime minister, Jean Castex, who spent all day Saturday in a car with Prudhomme.
An early attack: Two Swiss riders, Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ) and Michael Schar (CCC) have peeled off the front of the bunch and opened a gap of 1min 02sec as they cross the Oleron Bridge, which is nearly three kilometres long.