Tour de France might go ahead at end of August

The 107th edition will start in Nice and finish in Paris

Tour de France might go ahead at end of August

The postponed Tour de France will newly start on 29 August, following the French government's extension of a ban on mass gatherings to mid-July because of the coronavirus.

Cycling's biggest event, won by Team Ineos' Egan Bernal last year, was originally scheduled to run from 27th of June to 19th of July.

"Holding this event in the best conditions possible is judged essential given its central place in cycling's economy," advised UCI, the sport's governing body.

Many sporting events scheduled to take place this summer have been called off, such as Wimbledon, or pushed back by a year, such European Championship and the summer Olympics.

Four-time winner Chris Froome is set to return at this year's Tour, which is set to start in Nice, after he missed the 2019 race following a high-speed accident in which he broke his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs.

He posted on twitter:"The news many of us have been waiting for. Some light at the end of the tunnel."

 

Revised sporting schedule for some major sporting events

 

Geraint Thomas, the winner of Tour de France 2018, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Hopefully those dates can go ahead. I'm super excited about that.

"The Tour is the pinnacle of the sport. If you ask anyone in the UK for three words to do with cycling, they would be: Tour de France. It would be great for the riders and the teams if it can go ahead. This is why teams exist and that's why sponsorship comes into the sport."

He added: "The calendar needs to be ironed out. Once we know that we can get back racing again then talks can get under way between everyone. The Tour has to take priority. That's the main event in cycling and then hopefully we can fit other races in around it."

The Giro d'Italia - which was scheduled to take place in May - and the Vuelta a Espana, originally set for September, will be raced after September's World Championships.