The biggest names of every Turn, tend to command a not insignificant appearance fee, and the winners of the yellow, green, polka dot and white jerseys proudly parade of these shirts in front of large, paying crowds to the town centre circuit races, where fans look for this special “selfie” or an autograph.
According to The Team on Monday, Bike Magazine the reports that only the Critostar of Choisy-le-Roi, in the southern suburbs of Paris, and the Great new Dole criterium, in the east of France, near Dijon, will take place this year among the usual dozen events in France.
The Critostar has been extended to 21 September – the day after the arrival of the Tour on the Champs-Elysées, and just an hour drive away.
“For us, there is a guarantee of success, because we are assured of having riders come to the Tour,” organizer Eric Ramos said Bike Magazine. “I didn’t want to delay the criterium, because it could then have been hard to come back, because your sponsors could forget you very quickly.
“Each year, we organize a dinner for people who pay to eat with the riders and which finances a part of the organization of our race, so this is a great opportunity. With the one and the other to the local help, we should be able to pass, ” he said.
“We do not believe that we would be able to manage the audience, given the enthusiasm we had last season,” the organiser of the Ronde d’aix criterium in Aix-en-Provence, Jean-Michel Bourgoin, said, affected by the crowd limits that may still be left in place by the French government. “The criterium is a popular festival. If we have to limit the number of people to come, which is not really in the spirit of the event, then it is not worth it. ”
The Great Dole race, during this time – set for the 23rd of September – is a brand new event, organised by the team AG2R La Mondiale mechanic Franck Boudot.
“Our 83 partners, 78 have already paid to be part of the event, so we’re not worried that we may have to cancel,” Boudot said. “In addition, many other events in Dole have been cancelled, and so everyone is especially looking forward to the race, which is great. ”
Dole, in the Jura department of the Franche-Comté region in eastern France, is also close to both Aigle and Martigny, in Switzerland, where this year the World Championships will take place, which means that the best in the world are set to close from September 20-27.
“We have two sponsors: Alexander Shepherd, from France Télévisionsand [two-time Tour de France winner] Bernard Thévenet, who will be there. And [current AG2R pro] Alexander Vuillermoz should give us a helping hand, just as Thibaut Pinot, who is a Franc-Comtois“said Boudot, with Groupama-FDJ rider, a real competitor for the Tour victory this year, and a runner who would be a very popular participant in Dole, he has been in the yellow jersey or not.
In the netherlands and Belgium, during this time where a number of well-attended post-Tour crits usually also held every summer, the organizers have had to cancel or postpone their events.
Back in April, the organizers of the two Natourcriterium Aalst and the Natourcriterium Roeselare – both in Belgium, have announced the cancellation of their 2020 events and return to 2021, the result of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus and, at the time, the Tour dates.
The Daags na de Tour crit, held in Boxmeer, in the netherlands, however, is scheduled to take place the day after the arrival of the Tour de France, on 21 September, according to the web site of the event, on the same day as the Critostar.