The 2021 Tour de France moved forward to avoid the shock of the Tokyo Olympics


FILE PHOTO: Cycling – Tour de France – 128km stage 21 from Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Elysées – July 28, 2019 – Deceuninck-Quick Step riders Dries Devenyns from Belgium and Kasper Asgreen from Denmark and Lotto Soudal rider Jens Keukeleire from Belgium in the peloton. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes / File Photo

(Reuters) – The start of next year’s Tour de France has been brought forward a week to avoid colliding with the men’s road race at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said .

The 2021 Tour will start on June 26 and end on July 18, six days before the start of the Mount Fuji road race. It was originally scheduled to begin July 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Tokyo Games were scheduled to take place from July 24 to August. 9 this year but have been postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Tokyo Olympic Games taking place from July 23 to August 8, 2021, the dates of several events have been adapted,” said the UCI in a statement unveiling its calendar for the season.

“It should be noted that to avoid an overlap of the Olympic road cycling races (July 24, 25 and 28) with the Tour de France (initially scheduled for July 2 to 25), the French stage race will end on July 18. weekend before the first weekend of the Olympics. ”

The UCI has also said that the Tour of California and the RideLondon-Surrey Classic will not be part of its new schedule, which includes 35 events.

Report by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Edited by Peter Rutherford

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