Cycling

Riders given go-ahead to sleep alone at TDF

TDF logo (File)
TDF logo (File)

Paris - Tour de France riders will be allowed to have their own single rooms in certain hotels at this year's race, organisers ASO said on Friday.

Previously, Tour rules stated that all bar one rider per nine-man team had to share a room with a team-mate.

"We've taken into account a request from the International Riders' Association (CPA) and we've done our best to acquiesce as much as possible to their expectations," Tour director Thierry Gouvenou told AFP.

Last year, many riders complained about the level of comfort offered in certain hotels.

There will be around 50 hotels - distributed equally - that offer the possibility to the 22 teams to have single rooms.

The previous rule took into account the high demand for accommodation in host towns on the Tour route, not only from the teams but organisers, media, sponsors and even fans.

This year's Tour begins on July 2 at Mont-Saint-Michel and finishes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on July 24.

Briton Chris Froome is the reigning champion having reclaimed the title he'd lost to Italian Vincenzo Nibali in 2014.

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