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Tour de France to race on to Carcassonne despite 40°C heatwave

Tour de France to race on to Carcassonne despite 40°C heatwave

The Tour de France is set to race the full 205 kilometres from Rodez to Carcassonne on Sunday, despite forecasts of 38-40°C (100°F-104°F) temperatures for…

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The Tour de France is set to race the full 205 kilometres from Rodez to Carcassonne on Sunday, despite forecasts of 38-40°C (100°F-104°F) temperatures for the southwest of France.

While professional cycling has an Extreme Weather Protocol and races have been cut or cancelled due to extreme conditions, the Tour de France peloton seems ready to accept racing through the heat wave.

The Cyclistes Professionnels Associés (CPA) riders association and their Tour de France representative Pascal Chanteur have been in contact with their riders, Tour de France organisers, UCI judges and team managers to find several solutions to help the riders.

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Cyclingnews understands ace organisers are set to create water sprays along the stage to douse the riders and cool the roads with the help of local firefighters, while the UCI judges will turn a blind eye to littering as riders grab extra bidons and drinks during the day from the roadsides and additional race motorbikes.

As a further measure, the UCI judges announced that feeding will be allowed until the final 10km of the stage in the official communique issued on Saturday evening.

"On Sunday, the rise in temperatures continues, in particular in the South-West where values close to 40°C will often be reached," an official French weather warning said, with a third of the 101 French departments given an orange heat wave warning. No […]

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