Tour de France organizers plan to postpone rather than cancel

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The postponement of the Tour de France would be considered © Getty Images

The organizers of the Tour de France would examine the possible postponement of this year’s Grand Tour in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.

The Tour de France is one of the few major sporting events still scheduled for the northern hemisphere summer, with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the European Football Championship both postponed to 2021.

The Wimbledon tennis championships were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, while the French Open moved later in the season.

Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) is considering postponing the Tour de France rather than canceling it.

According to Reuters, an email from the main editor of the Tour de France said it “froze the administrative aspects of our collaboration” before the race.

“The unpredictable nature of the global crisis in which we are all trapped means that we will have to be patient until ASO’s official announcement regarding the 2020 race, keeping in mind that the focus is currently put on a postponement until later in the summer rather than a cancellation, “said an email from the editorial department of The team newspaper, which belongs to the same family as the organizers of the Tour de France.

Reuters said the Tour de France organizers declined to comment.

A decision should be made by May 15 whether the race will run as scheduled or whether it will be postponed.

Currently, the race is scheduled from June 27 to July 12.

The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games suggested that the Tour de France could be postponed by several weeks, thus filling the gap in the calendar left vacant by the Games.

The Tour de France is the next event on the UCI WorldTour calendar after the cancellation of the Tour de Suisse earlier this month.

A total of 18 UCI WorldTour races have been canceled or postponed, which increases doubts about the status of the Tour de France.

The International Cycling Union said last month that it had agreed in principle to the postponed events.

Priority in the men’s calendar will also be given, depending on the space available and the possibility of overlapping, in the three Grand Tour events and the cycling monument races.

The first Grand Tour of the year, the Giro d’Italia, has already been postponed from its scheduled start date of May 9 in the Hungarian capital Budapest.

The race is currently scheduled from June 27 to July 12 © Getty Images
The race is currently scheduled from June 27 to July 12 © Getty Images

The UCI said it hoped that this decision would help ensure the visibility of the sport and provide the best exposure for the most watched races.

The cycling teams were impacted by the postponement of the races, many of which announced measures to manage their finances.

The teams expressed their fears as to the consequences if the Tour de France could not take place this year.

Doug Ryder, director of NTT Pro Cycling, said BBC the Tour de France which is taking place this year has been “critical” for teams seeking to ensure the return of their sponsors during the disrupted season.

Deceuninck-QuickStep chief executive Patrick Lefevere warned last month that a cancellation of this year’s race could lead to the collapse of the road cycling model.

Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme said this year’s edition will not be “behind closed doors”.

“I only want one thing, and it’s the Tour de France this summer,” said Prudhomme earlier this month.

“It is not for the Tour de France – more than that if it does not happen, it will mean that the country is in a catastrophic situation, which we really hope is not. “

France has the fourth highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with more than 129,000 of the 1.8 million reported in total.

More than 13,000 people have died in France from the virus.

At least 109,000 people worldwide have died from coronaviruses.



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