Only 5,000 spectators allowed onto Champs-Elysees for Tour de France final stage

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France - The 128-km Stage 21 from Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Elysees - July 28, 2019 - The peloton in action. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - Only 5,000 spectators will be granted access to the Champs-Elysees to watch Sunday’s finale of the Tour de France due to health protocols that have been put in place to control the spread of COVID-19, local authorities said on Thursday.

“The access to the Champs-Elysees will be forbidden once the tally of 5,000 people will be reached,” authorities said in a statement.

The Tour de France, the world’s biggest cycling race, has finished on the Champs-Elysees since 1975. The final stage is generally won by a sprinter, without any impact on the general classification.

On Thursday, France registered 10,593 new confirmed coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, setting a new daily record and pushing the cumulative number to 415,481, the health ministry reported.

Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Pritha Sarkar