Coronavirus: Tour de France rescheduled for August 29 - September 20

By Sports Desk April 15, 2020

The Tour de France has been postponed and will take place between August 29 and September 20 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the UCI has confirmed.

The status of cycling's most famous Grand Tour race had been unclear as the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc to the sporting calendar.

An extension of a ban on large-scale events in France until mid-July led to a postponement of the Tour, which was originally scheduled for between June 27 and July 19.

New dates have now been set and the original route will remain the same.

A statement on the Tour's official website read: "Following the president's address on Monday evening, where large-scale events were banned in France until mid-July as a part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19, the organisers of the Tour de France, in agreement with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), have decided to postpone the Tour de France to Saturday August 29 to Sunday September 20, 2020.

"Initially scheduled to take place from June 27 to July 19, the Tour de France will follow the same route, with no changes, from Nice to Paris. Over the last few weeks, there has been constant communication between riders, teams, the organisers as well as other relevant third parties all with the support of the UCI, who are responsible for arranging a new global cycling schedule, in which the Tour de France takes pride of place.

"The organisers of the Tour de France are in regular contact with and have reached agreement with all of the different parties involved, from the local communities to the public authorities."

The UCI posted a "broad lines of the revised 2020 UCI International Road Calendar" on its official website.

It outlined the 2020 UCI Road World Championships in Aigle-Martigny (Switzerland) are still scheduled to take place between September 20 and 27, with no changes to the programme.

The Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana will take place after the UCI Worlds, the UCI said.

The statement added: "The most prestigious one-day road races (the Monuments), ie Milano-Sanremo (Italy), the Tour des Flandres (Belgium), Paris-Roubaix (France), Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Belgium) and Il Lombardia (Italy), will all take place this season, at dates still to be defined."

UCI president David Lappartient said: "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.

"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."

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