By Chris Murphy For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 18:54 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 20:41 BST, 12 September 2020
The Tour de France was heading 'behind closed doors' as Covid-19 infection rates rose across France, after local officials stepped in to ban fans from the key climbs on Sunday's mountain stage, to the summit of the Grand Colombier.
Rapid rises in infection rates of Covid-19 are now threatening to ensure that the race will enter its final week, heavily closed off.
Spectators have also been banned from all starts and finishes, as the convoy enters three days in the so-called 'red zones' of greatest infection.
Race organisers will reinforce restrictions on climbs situated in coronavirus 'red zones'