Luxembourg Foreign Minister begins annual tour of “Tour de France” despite virus | More sports news


BRUSSELS: Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, 71, passionate about cycling, cycled for his annual tribute to the Tour de France, despite the epidemic which forced the postponement of the professional race.
This is Asselborn’s sixth summer walk through the alleys and country roads of the Grand Duchy’s largest neighbor and comes despite a worrying acceleration of coronavirus cases in north-western Europe.
“I accept responsibility for my decision to leave. Firstly, to thank France for letting us cross its borders, and secondly to show a certain determination not to let ourselves be “caught” in a permanent fear of COVID-19, “Asselborn said on his Facebook page.
The real Tour de France, the most renowned cycling race in the world, has been postponed from its usual date of early June this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, and is now due to start from Nice on August 29 and arrive in Paris 21 stages later in September. 20.
Asselborn chose a less taxing, but still impressive path for an elderly diplomat who spent time in intensive care last year after a fall.
Departing from Neufchâteau in eastern France, just south of his native country, Asselborn will head south towards Dijon, then towards Aix-les-Bains in the French Alps before switching to the south beyond Ventoux in Provence and Béziers on the Languedoc coast.
Over 800 kilometers (500 miles) in all.
Asselborn has been Luxembourg’s foreign minister since 2004 and says he will not shy away from his duties in the saddle – he says he will have his mobile phone with him and will be “reachable at all times”.


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