Tour de France postponed until August 29
The 107th edition of the Tour was due to begin in Nice on June 27 and conclude in Paris on July 19, but the opening stage will now take place on August 29 with the finale on September 20.
Tour de France has been officially postponed to 29 August owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Le Tour de France will take place on the planned route, with no changes, from Nice to Paris, from Saturday 29th August to Sunday 20th September.
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The Tour de France will be hurried from August 29 to September 20, organisers announced on Wednesday, postponing biking’s flagship event initially slated to begin on June 27 because of this coronavirus lockdown. The newest dates follow French President Emmanuel Macron’s expansion of a ban on big public gatherings until mid-July.
While the information is as a relief to professional cycling teams and lovers, in addition, it moves the three-week race from its original slot at the summer vacations where roadside audiences of about 12 million will be expected to collect in joyous soul.
“After the president’s speech on Monday evening, in which large-scale events were banned in France before mid-July for part of the struggle against the spread of COVID-19, the organisers of the Tour de France, according to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), have opted to postpone the Tour de France into Saturday 29th August to Sunday 20th September 2020,” a statement by the organisers said.
The official release in the UCI reported that both the Giro and the Vuelta would happen after the world championships; first signs are that the Giro might be transferred to October, together with all the Vuelta in November.
National road race championships were scheduled for the weekend of 20-21 June, and will — presumably based upon the situation in respective nations — be held on the weekend of 22-23 August. The UCI is still searching for new dates to its five largest one-day races at the game, the”Monuments”: Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Giro di Lombardia.