The 2020 Tour de France is in huge doubt once again following the French prime minister’s announcement that there could be no mass sporting events in the country until September.
Edouard Philippe said on Tuesday 2019/20 football and rugby seasons must be brought to an early close.
Cycling events were not specifically mentioned but the announcement did state that “events that bring together more than 5,000 participants…cannot be held before September.”
The Tour is currently due to start on August 29 in Nice and conclude in Paris on September 20, having been moved from its original dates of June 27-July 19. That announcement came a day after French president Emmanuel Macron said there could be no mass gatherings in the nation until mid-July.
The Amaury Sports Organisation, which organises the Tour, said it had no comment to make following the prime minister’s address.
Although the latest announcement might leave the door open to the Tour going ahead on the planned dates but with reduced crowds, ASO has previously ruled out the idea of attempting to stage the Tour behind closed doors.
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The new uncertainty over the Tour comes as world governing body the UCI is expected to issue a revised calendar for the WorldTour for the remainder of the year.
According to reports, the UCI had been looking to resume the season in early August with at least one race – the Criterium du Dauphine – slated to take place in France prior to the Tour.