Etape du Tour de France date change creates 'logistical nightmare'

Sunday voting in France prompts organisers to bring huge challenge ride forward by a day

Tour de France 2015 stage 18
(Image credit: Getty Images / Tim De Waele)

A last-minute Etape du Tour de France date change has left riders stressed, angry and potentially out of pocket.

The 15,000 participants were informed by email last night that the event – one of the biggest of its kind in the world – will be brought forward by a day to Saturday July 6 to allow people to vote in the French elections.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.