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Egan Bernal unveils bizarre new barnet; All TDF riders return negative COVID-19 tests... Prudhomme test positive; "I don't mean to be a crybaby", says Bennett after 1st TDF win; Road Tax Bot's mission to correct 'road tax' myths + more on the live blog

Tuesday's live blog is brought to you courtesy of Jack Sexty, with some contributions from the other members of the road.cc team...
08 September 2020, 15:31
"I don't mean to be a crybaby": Sam Bennett super emotional in post-race interview
sam bennett itv - screenshot

Speaking to ITV, Bennett was stunned at first then the floodgates opened, in tears through his Quick-Step mask. 

He said: "I just want to thank everyone who's been involved, I want to thank my wife and everyone around me. 

"You dream of it and never think it will happen and it did. I don't know, it took a while before it hit me. Oh man. 

"Sorry, I don't mean to be a crybaby."

08 September 2020, 14:57
Another marginal gain, or a lost bet? Egan Bernal shows off strange new haircut on his Instagram account
egan bernal haircut - via instagram story.PNG

"Let's rock", says the caption on Egan Bernal's latest Instagram story... but according to some on social media, Bernal's new barnet has hit rock bottom. 

Although, is there a chance the chop could be the most marginal of marginal gains to shed a little bit of extra weight? You'd think it would be better to cut the lot off, both from a weight-saving and a not looking a bit weird perspective. 

It seems to be bringing him good luck in the crosswinds on stage 10 so far, safely being sheltered by Luke Rowe and Michał Kwiatkowski while teammate Richard Carapaz was held up in an earlier crash. 

08 September 2020, 15:18
Sam Bennett wins stage 10, his first ever Tour de France stage

The Irishman has finally added a Tour de France stage to his palmares, holding off Caleb Ewan and Peter Sagan on the line and taking back the green jersey in the process. 

You could say it's poetic justice, as the man reason Bennett left Bora–Hansgrohe for Deceuninck–Quick-Step was because he couldn't get a shot at the Tour de France ahead of Sagan - now he's beaten him on cycling's biggest stage, and pinched his green jersey. 

08 September 2020, 12:42
French Prime Minister to have COVID-19 test and self-isolate after spending Saturday with Christian Prudhomme
Jean Castex 2 - via wikimedia commons

Jean Castex also rode in a car with the Tour de France race director at the weekend and will now have to self-isolate, only returning to normal life if his cornavirus test comes back negative according to President Emmanuel Macron. 

The Prime Minister's press office told Euronews that Prudhomme and Castex wore masks for the duration of their time in contact with one another, but Castex said that he would "apply the rules that the government had decided" and get tested immediately.

08 September 2020, 12:38
Stage 10 average speed nearly 50km/h for first 40km

At this rapid rate, the 168.5km stage has less than three hours to go. 

08 September 2020, 11:55
Will the French Prime Minister regret decision to ride in the same car as Christian Prudhomme?

Prudhomme is now quarantining after a positive coronavirus test, and spent the day in a car with Jean Castex on Saturday. Ironically, the French Prime Minister told reporters that he was happy about the coronavirus situation despite teams pleading with spectators to wear masks, commenting: "We are prudent, but life goes on. The Tour is happening, the party continues."

The party is over for the race's director as it stands, but hopefully all teams will make it to Paris. 

08 September 2020, 12:05
Israel Start-Up Nation rider Patrick Schelling gets four month ban for "non-intentional anti-doping rule violation"
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The Swiss rider has been sanctioned with a four month period of ineligibility from the UCI, after returning an adverse analytical finding for Terbutaline in a sample that was collected back in February - the violation was described as "non-intentional".

The ban was started from 18th May, so Schelling will be free to compete again from next Friday, and his results from the Tour of Rwanda earlier this year were disqualified. 

08 September 2020, 11:51
And they're off!

With four teams missing a staff member each, stage 10 is away. The Tour's first island-to-island stage is summarised by the (now quarantined) race director Christian Prudhomme as this:

"Two islands linked by a stage of the Tour, that’s already a first for the peloton that will find it hard to make it bunched to Saint-Martin-de-Ré. The stage will be marked by the Vauban buildings in Royan, Rochefort or La Rochelle, but also by a course mainly set by the sea… and the crossing of marshlands swept by wind."

08 September 2020, 10:55
Confirmed: four team staff members return positive COVID-19 tests

Despite what Sir Dave Brailsford said earlier, one of his staff members plus one each from Confidis, AG2R La Mondiale and Mitchelton-Scott have returned positive tests. The joint announcement also says that a "technical service provider" has also left the race because of a positive test, which is a strange way of referring to the race's director if they mean Christian Prudhomme. 

The long and short of it is, the race will continue and no teams have been expelled. 

08 September 2020, 10:51
New reports that four team members actually tested positive

Earlier it was thought that all riders and staff tested negative, but now RTL claim that four team staffers actually returned positive tests. We're still awaiting official confirmation from ASO and/or the UCI. 

08 September 2020, 10:36
More breaking news: Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme tests positive for coronavirus

A 'you couldn't make it up' scenario, as all riders and teams are clear according to early reports, but the event's director has tested positive according to French radio. Here he is in a car with Prime Minister Jean Castex at the weekend. Oops... 

08 September 2020, 09:58
Breaking: All riders and staff at Tour de France reportedly test negative for COVID-19
Caleb Ewan wins 2020 Tour de France Stage 3 © CorVos/SWpix.com_

Quite remarkably that is the case according to L'Equipe, who are reporting that the Tour de France chief medical officer Florence Pommery has cleared all 22 teams to start stage 10. The first test was carried out in Pau before the ninth stage, then another in La Rochelle during Monday's rest day. 

It looks like the show will go on... will the race make it to Paris? 

08 September 2020, 09:51
Deceuninck–Quick-Step team staff member reportedly returns negative second test after 'lab error' led to initial positive

Again nothing officially announced by Quick-Step yet in the form of a press release/statement, but Gregor Brown of Flo Bikes is reporting that the team say a staff member who was collected this morning to undergo a second test has now returned a negative, following an error made in the lab with the first test. Still no reports of any positive tests, and it's looking more like stage 10 will go ahead with all riders who finished stage 9 at the moment. 

08 September 2020, 09:09
Know anyone who believes in 'road tax'? Refer them to the Road Tax Bot

It's come to our attention that the Road Tax Bot Twitter account, created some time in August, has taken the liberty of seeking out people spouting nonsense about the mythical 'road tax' and correcting them. Here are a few more examples...

08 September 2020, 08:55
The Tour de France mask-ot

We'll take that as Jumbo-Visma definitely have nothing serious to report. Bora-Hansgrohe have also announced they are gearing up for stage 10, which we 'think' suggests they're all clear. 

08 September 2020, 08:39
Tour de France: unofficial reports that around half of teams returned no positive tests

Still nothing official from Le Tour or the UCI, but journalists on the ground are reporting that no positives have been announced yet. Primoz Roglic was spotted boarding a bus to the start of stage 10, which suggests Jumbo-Visma are all clear. 

08 September 2020, 07:45
Tour de France: will anyone have tested positive?

In 2020 'testing positive' has taken on a whole new meaning, as we're talking about COVID-19 and not performance-enhancers of course. 

No news has landed officially from the Tour de France organisers or any teams yet, but Sir Dave Brailsford has said that while he expects his team to be all clear, he thinks staff and/or riders on other teams will have some positives. 

“It’s likely there will be issues but I wouldn’t expect our team to have any", he told The Guardian

“We figured that the high-risk area is when everybody sits down to eat. They take their mask off and sit together for longer than 15 minutes and that’s one of the riskiest scenarios. That’s why we brought a second chef.

“We have our kitchen truck, so we have one chef cooking for the riders as normal and the second chef cooking for all of the staff. All of the staff have eaten outside (the hotel) since we got here. Once you buy into it, it’s OK really.”

Results are being analysed by team doctors before stage 10 begins, and if two members of any team test positive, they will be forced to leave the Tour.

08 September 2020, 15:41
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Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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