This year’s Tour de France climbs will have to be fanless if the organizers organize a 2020 edition, a task that Chris Froome is skeptical of as possible.
The coronavirus ransacked the cycling calendar with Paris-Roubaix in April and the Giro d’Italia in May postponed, leaving riders in great shape but without their target events.
The race’s “Grand Départ” was scheduled to take place on July 27 but was postponed to August 29 in a truncated season, where some of the biggest events of the season will have to overlap.
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The French government has banned mass rallies until September, but has said the three-week race could start in Nice on the new date if the crowd size is contained.
“Would the organizers be able to stop people from coming and gathering in large crowds? Froome told cricket icon Kevin Pietersen on Instagram live.
“In theory, we can start the race and it can be broadcast on television.
“You would not get the same scenes as you would go through these tunnels of people everywhere and everything else.
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“This may be the version of the race we need to see this year. I do not know.’
The Briton is on the brink of history, with the ambition to become the fifth member of an emblematic club to have won five Tours de France.
He is expected to face the toughest competition of his own team, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal winning the 2018 and 2019 editions of Team Ineos after Froome missed last year’s event due to an accident threatening his career at Criterium du Dauphine.
Froome and colleagues from countries completely locked out have been forced into trainers
The delayed start benefited Froome compared to his rivals, which gave him more time to complete his injury comeback and prepare for the event.
“Some days I sit up to six hours on the stationary trainer – big days,” added Froome.
“Sometimes it gets pretty boring. I’ve been through each playlist I own about 10 times each, but I’m just going through it and doing my best.
“Much of the training I did was done indoors, so it almost prepared me for the whole lockdown period, and mentally, I am able to get through a little more easily. “