Noise, screams, atmosphere. This is the image we retain of this start of Critérium du Dauphiné who set off from Clermont Ferrand on Wednesday August 12, under special conditions this year in the face of the coronavirus epidemic. Despite the constraints, the compulsory masks, the filtering to avoid too large a crowd or contact with the runners, the public responded in an atmosphere of fair found with the traditional camping chairs.
“The masks are fine, too bad, it’s worth it “, congratulates Hervé for example. “It was beautiful, in the bend they leaned. To lean in a bend, you need speed!” he adds. Next to him, Bruno confirms: “Of course it’s very important because sport is life. It allows us to forget the coronavirus, we forget everything”, he continues with a smile.
More people than usual for a departure
Paradoxically, with the holidays, there have never been so many people on the roadsides for the start of the Critérium. The spectators also integrated that they would now see the runners from a distance. “We did 170 km to come and see the runners, from afar, behind the barriers… to see the atmosphere!” (…)