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Tour de France working towards July start

Joe Robinson
7 Apr 2020

Race considering postponement by one month with same route

The Tour de France is eyeing up a start in late July as race organiser ASO works on a 'Plan B' for the race. The race is still scheduled to start on 27th June in the city of Nice however, the race organiser has been working on an alternative as it looks like the coronavirus pandemic will see the race delayed.

Currently, the UCI has postponed all racing up until at least 1st June and while this does not directly affect the Tour, the lack of racing for competitors before the Grand Departs and the likelihood of the break being extended, ASO is having to consider their options.

Previous reports have suggested a Tour de France behind closed doors although, according to Spanish news service EFEASO is keen to just push back the race by one month, sticking with the same route as originally planned.

The report suggested that race director Christian Prudhomme has been in conversation with local officials who are happy to host the new dates.

With the Tokyo Olympics now postponed until 2021, July has opened up as a viable date. The new race dates would now see the Tour start on 25th July before coming to a conclusion on 15th August in Paris.

The UCI would then look at rearranging the Giro d'Italia and the first four Monuments of the season towards October with the season now officially extended to November. 

Prudhomme has said that an official announcement will be made regarding the Tour on 15th May, less than six weeks before the start of the Tour's current dates.

The last race to take place in Europe was Stage 6 of Paris-Nice on 14th March. With no races until 1st June and the cancellation of the Tour de Suisse, the Tour de France is the first WorldTour race in the calendar yet to be cancelled or postponed.