Tour de France postponed as large-scale events are banned in France until mid-July

The organisers of the Tour de France have postponed the event until later in the year.

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 1:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 1:18 pm

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 in agreement with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), have decided to postpone the Tour de France to Saturday August 29 to Sunday September 20.

Initially scheduled to take place from the June 27 to July 19, the Tour de France will follow the same route, with no changes, from Nice to Paris.

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Colombian Egan Bernal of Team Ineos wearing the yellow jersey pictured in action during the final stage of the 106th edition of the Tour de France cycling race, from Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Elysees (128km), France, Sunday 28 July 2019. (Photo credit:DAVID STOCKMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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 women’s event, La Course by le Tour de France avec FDJ, which was initially scheduled to take place on the 19th July on the Champs Elysées, will also be postponed to a date that is still to be determined, but it will take place during the Tour de France 2020.

Equally, the 30th edition of the Etape du Tour cyclosportive, originally schedule to take place on the 5th July, will be postponed to a date yet to be determined.