The measures announced on Tuesday by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe “do not imply a postponement or cancellation” of the Tour de France, but the first stages could be held in front of a limited number of spectators. This is what the Sports Ministry told Reuters agency.
On Tuesday, Edouard Philippe told the National Assembly that all events with more than 5,000 participants could not be held before September.
The Tour de France, originally scheduled to start on 27 June, has been postponed for two months. The grand departure is now scheduled for 29 August in Nice. Although the Prime Minister did not mention the Tour de France in his speech, these arrangements could have consequences for the Grand Boucle. “It is too early to draw any conclusions, but for the moment this does not imply either a postponement or a cancellation. This does not rule out arrangements, especially as regards the number of spectators,” said a spokesman for the sports ministry.
Between the riders, accompanying persons, journalists and security agents, the Tour already brings together several thousand people.