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Tour de France: Primož Roglič leaves race, heatwave sees UCI Extreme Weather Protocol invoked

Tour de France: Primož Roglič leaves race, heatwave sees UCI Extreme Weather Protocol invoked

Primoz Roglic at 2022 Tour de France – Copyright A.S.O. Pauline Ballet Thousands of litres of water to be spread on stage route amid concerns…

Sunday, Jul 17

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Primoz Roglic at 2022 Tour de France – Copyright A.S.O. Pauline Ballet Thousands of litres of water to be spread on stage route amid concerns that record surface temperature of 63 degrees Celsius may be broken

Team Jumbo Visma’s Primož Roglič has not started today’s Stage 15 of the race due to the continuing impact of an injury he picked up after crashing during the opening week of the race. Meanwhile organisers of the Tour de France have invoked the UCI’s Extreme Weather Protocol ahead of the 202.5km stage from Rodez to Carcassonne, with temperatures forecast to hit 40 degrees in Occitanie this afternoon.

Introduced in 2016, the Extreme Weather Protocol, contained in UCI regulation 2.2.029 bis, requires that when extreme conditions are forecast, the organisers and chief medical officer of the race as well as representatives of teams and riders, hold a meeting to determine what measures should be adopted.

Specific measures that will apply today are:

Riders will be allowed to take on foot and drink from the very start of racing at kilometre zero, which marks the end of the neutral zone, until 10km from the finish

They will be allowed to toss their bidons towards fans instead of only being allowed to dispose of them in dedicated zones, and

The time limit today will be calculated at the time of the stage winner plus 20 per cent.In some cases, invocation of the Extreme Weather Protocol can result in races or individual stages being cancelled altogether, or re-routed or shortened, […]

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