The French Ministry of Sports cannot guarantee that the Tour de France will take place in the context of a global health pandemic.
French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu said there was “no guarantee” that the Tour de France would take place this year.
The world’s most famous cycling event has already been postponed from June to August due to the coronavirus crisis, but the minister could hardly guarantee that the race would get the green light. Due to social isolation, major events were banned in France until the end of August and the Sports Ministry said special arrangements could be made for the start of the Tour in Nice.
The foreclosure of France, in place since March 17, should calm down on Monday, although the seasons of several sports championships, including Ligue 1 football and Top 14 rugby, have been suspended. Maracineanu added that the Roland Garros tournament and the rescheduled tennis tournament, which will now start on September 27, could be held behind closed doors if the ban is extended. The news came on the day that the governing body of the cycling world confirmed that the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España would overlap in October as the UCI released its revised schedule.