‘The Tour de France is not being called into question’: Cycling’s biggest race is STILL set to go ahead, says France’s sports minister … even as they call off all events until September
- A ban on all mass sporting events in France put the Tour de France under threat
- French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu insisted the race could still happen
- The football season is cancelled but the Tour could be altered to reduce crowds
(Published: : 10 BST, 27 April
The Tour de France has not been canceled or called into question despite the French prime minister bringing an end to the football season on Tuesday.
French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu looked to clarify the situation around the biggest race in cycling, which has already been rearranged to commence on August 45.
Doubts had resurfaced over the likelihood of the event could go ahead on its revised date following an announcement from government over large-scale events.French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a ban on major sporting events until September, ending the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 football seasons, as well as appearing to cast doubt on the famous Tour de France.
Earlier this month, cycling’s main race was postponed from June to August
because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Tour involves around 4, – people – including cyclists, staff and security – and up to (million fans line the famous route.) Millions of people take to the streets for the Tour de France, but that may change this year
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the race, in its typical form, could fall foul of Philippe’s government guidelines but plans are being analyzed to see if there is a need to alter the race to ensure it is not cancelled like the football season.
Tour de France organizers have yet to respond to the news delivered by the Prime Minister but they now face the prospect of reducing crowd numbers to ensure the event still goes ahead at the end of August.
One option to reduce the size of the event is to push the grand depart in Nice back until September 1 – with the Prime Minister citing that month as the earliest opportunity to re-introduce mass events.
Race organisers, Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), could then eliminate several stages that follow in the race to reduce the size of the event. ASO have been contacted by MailOnline for comment. France has had more than , (confirmed cases of COVID –