The French government hopes that a successful Tour de France will prove that life goes on despite the coronavirus pandemic.
French President Emmanuel Macron is heading to the Alps on Wednesday as cyclists taking part in the Tour de France climb the region’s mountains.
As coronavirus infection rates keep rising, it is being seen as an attempt to reassure the public.
The famous cycle race was postponed from July and is taking place under a strict sanitary protocol.
Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports from Villard-de-Lans, France.