April 29th, 2020

Is the Tour Under Jeopardy?

Tour de France, rescheduled to August 29th, may still go on despite the ban of sporting events in the country until September.

The event has already been postponed once due to the coronavirus pandemic, moving from the initial start date of June 27. The announcement of the new ban led concerns as the weather conditions later in the year had left the event with a limited window to take place in 2020. However, the French Ministry of Sports clarified that the ban might not affect the Tour “but it can have consequences for the number of spectators." The Race Director, who had ruled out holding the race without crowds in an earlier interview, would need to reconsider his decision in that case.

The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1903, except when it was stopped for the two World Wars. If the 2020 Tour takes place on the new dates, it will start in Nice on 29 August and finish in Paris on 20 September.