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Fans banned from the start, finish and key climbs during Sunday's mountain stage as Tour de France heads into coronavirus 'red zones' Rapid rises in infection rates threatening to close off the remainder of race The convoy enters three days in the so-called 'red zones' of greatest infection Soren Kragh Andersen claimed a surprise win on stage 14 on Saturday Race leader Primoz Roglic maintained his 44-second lead in the yellow jersey

By Chris Murphy For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 18:54 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 20:41 BST, 12 September 2020

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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'

Race organisers will reinforce restrictions on climbs situated in coronavirus 'red zones'

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