Tour continues with increased security following Nice attack


Stage 13 of the Tour de France began with increased security following Thursday's suspected terrorist attack in Nice.

At least 84 people were killed in the southern French city when a lorry was driven through a crowd that had gathered for Bastille Day celebrations.

The following morning, a minute's silence preceded the Tour's 37.5km time-trial from Bourg-Saint-Andeol to La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, while the local prefecture revealed enhanced security was in place.

Organisers also confirmed the race's publicity caravan would remain silent on Friday, along with start area and finish line operations. A minute's silence will also follow the conclusion of the stage.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme was quoted as saying by BBC Sport: "We want this day to be a day of dignity as a tribute to the victims.

"We had a crisis meeting with the prefect of the Ardeche department and the gendarmerie. The stage is on.

"We asked ourselves [whether the stage should be cancelled] but we think, after agreeing with authorities, that the race must continue."