The Tour de France is not a priority for the government, according to the French Minister for Sports.
Roxana Maracineanu, who had previously suggested that the Grand Tour de France could take place without the millions of spectators, said that public health was taking precedence over sport and that the Tour could be abandoned in 2020.
His words came as a report in the Belgian media revealed UCI’s plans for the revamped WorldTour calendar, starting with Strade Bianche on August 1.
According to a French newspaper The team, Sports Minister Maracineanu said, “What is certain is that sport will not be a priority in our society.
“It is not a priority today in decisions made by the government.”
Maracineanu said the ban on public gatherings could be extended from July to September, adding: “If [the Tour and other sporting events are] not possible, it will not be the end of the world,
“It will undoubtedly be the end of many things that have been supported by the revenues from these tournaments and the Tour de France. We will have to reinvent ourselves if a year is missing. “
The Tour de France is currently scheduled to start in Nice on August 29, after being postponed from its scheduled start date of June 28.
But the announcement that the tour would take place in August and September was met with skepticism, with many unsure whether the coronavirus crisis will be brought under control in time.
Despite concerns, the UCI has published the proposed dates for all the major men’s races that have been postponed, including Paris-Roubaix and the Giro d’Italia, reports the Belgian television channel RTBF.
According to information on the new calendar, which has been sent by the UCI to the teams, the WorldTour races would resume on August 1 with Strade Bianche, followed by Milan-San Remo on August 8.
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The Critérium du Dauphiné would take place the second week of August, while the Giro would take place from October 3 to 25.
The Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Il Lombardi will take place respectively on October 18, 25 and 31, the Vuelta a España ending the season from November 1.
The new WorldTour men’s calendar, according to RTBF:
Strade Bianche – August 1
Milan-San Remo – August 8
Critérium du Dauphiné (four days) – second week of August
National Championships – August 22-23
Tour de France – August 29 to September 20
World Championships – September 20-27
Flèche Wallonne – September 30
Liège-Bastogne-Liège – October 4
Giro d´Italia – October 3-25
Amstel Gold Race – October 10
Ghent-Wevelgem – October 11
Tour of Flanders – October 18
Paris-Roubaix – October 25
Il Lombardia – October 31
Vuelta a España – from November 1