Start on August 29th in Nice and finish on September 20th in Paris: the new dates of the Tour de France were made official on Wednesday by the International Cycling Union (UCI).
Due to the coronavirus crisis, instead of June 27 to July 19, Tour de France will finally start on Saturday, August 29 in Nice and finish on Sunday, September 20 on the Champs Elysées in Paris. The organizer ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) and the International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed on Wednesday the postponement of the 107th edition.
The Grande Boucle will scrupulously follow the route initially planned, without any changes, during the three weeks of the race. The women’s event, the Race by the Tour de France, which was scheduled for July 19 on the Champs Elysées, has also been postponed to a date that has yet to be defined, but which will take place during the 2020 Tour de France.
The Giro and Vuelta after the Tour and the Worlds
The postponement of Tour de France had become inevitable since French President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement on Monday that he would ban rallies with large crowds until at least mid-July. “For several weeks now, regular contacts have been taking place between the various cycling stakeholders, riders, teams and organizers under the aegis of the International Cycling Union, which is responsible for setting up a new calendar in which the Tour de France will play an essential role,” the organization said.
The world cycling calendar is in a state of upheaval. The Vuelta, also organized by ASO, scheduled from 14 August (from Utrecht) to 6 September, must find other dates. The Giro, originally scheduled from 9 May (from Budapest) to 31 May, must also be rescheduled.
The UCI has provided some clarity on this matter. The Road World Championships, organized in Aigle and Martigny (Switzerland) from 20 to 27 September, are maintained on the dates set. The competition program remains unchanged. The Giro will take place after the World Championships and will be followed by the Vuelta.
The UCI assured that the period of suspension of competitions was extended by one month, until 1 July, and until 1 August for races on the WorldTour calendar. The UCI has of course discussed the fate of the Monuments, the five most prestigious one-day races on the calendar. “Milan-Sanremo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Lombardy will all take place this season, on dates yet to be defined,” assured the UCI.