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New dates for Tour de France have been confirmed

Joe Robinson
15 Apr 2020

UCI confirms updated calendar and plans to hold Monuments and Grand Tours this autumn

The 2020 Tour de France will now take place from Saturday 29th August to Sunday 20th September as the UCI revealed details of its amended race calendar.

Due to the ongoing worldwide coronavirus pandemic, over 700 races have been either cancelled or postponed until further notice with no races having been held since Stage 7 of Paris-Nice on 14th March.

On Wednesday, the UCI released a statement underlining its revisions to the race calendar which will see the Tour now take place during August and September.

The UCI then confirmed that the Road World Championships in Aigle-Martigny, Switzerland will maintain their original dates of 20th to 27th September.

'Holding this event in the best conditions possible is judged essential given its central place in cycling’s economy and its exposure, in particular for the teams that benefit on this occasion from unparalleled visibility,' the UCI explained.

The Giro d'Italia will then take place after the World Championships in October with the Vuelta a Espana following, the Spanish race being moved in order to facilitate its French sibiling.

The UCI has stated that all five Monuments (Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Il Lombardia) will also take place this year, although dates are yet to be confirmed.

Not all races will be rescheduled, however the UCI has pledged to find space for as many as possible to be held at these later dates.

All national championships, including the UK's, will be now held on the weekend of 22nd August, pushed back from their original dates in June.

Women's races

In terms of the women's calendar, the UCI has promised to announce its revised schedule on 15th May although did not confirm whether all postponed races would be reorganised. However, ASO has confirmed that La Course will take place during the updated Tour de France.

Furthermore, the UCI added that it is 'pleased with the agreement signed yesterday by the UCI, the CPA and the AIGCP, all three represented in the ad hoc working group established by our Federation, concerning the framework that will enable teams that find themselves in serious financial difficulty to take measures necessary for their survival, while preserving the rights of their riders and staff in this uncertain context.'

The obvious caveat is that while the UCI has confirmed these new race dates - including the Tour's, they are still, in essence, provisional as they rely on governments lifting lockdowns and travel bans before such time.

Either way, UCI president David Lappartient believes this a big step forward for professional cycling and the necessary rebuilding of the sport post-coronavirus.

'I would like to pay tribute to the representatives of the organisers, teams and riders for their collaboration and their commitment in these difficult times. We still have work to do to finalise the establishment of an entirely revised 2020 UCI International Calendar given the coronavirus pandemic that has shaken the world, but a first very important step has been taken today,' said Lappartient.

'Likewise, we have established a framework that will allow the fundamental rights of teams’ riders and staff to be preserved, while enabling the measures necessary for the survival of these teams to be taken. Together, we will manage to get through this crisis and rebuild cycling post-Covid-19.'