French cycling teams plan to organize Tour de France in August

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“Our boys must be able to train. The more we are locked out, the more they will need to get back in shape, ”said Madiot. “People think that biking outdoors is just for a ride, but we have to be on the road for work. “

Participants said holding the Tour and avoiding a cancellation was crucial to the teams’ financial survival.

“It is not too late today,” said Vincent Lavenu, manager of the AG2R-La Mondiale team. He added that he also thought the tour would be postponed until August, even until the end of the month. “What is essential is that the Tour takes place. “

He said sponsorship revenues from the world’s largest road racing event represent 60%, if not 70%, of the teams’ worldwide revenues.

“This is huge and essential to the survival of the teams,” said Lavenu.

(Report by Michel Rose; Edition by Hugh Lawson)

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