Tour de France to start a week early next year as UCI release 2020 WorldTour calendar

The date change means there will be only 26 days between the end of the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France next year

Stage eight of the Giro d'Italia 2019 (Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The UCI have released their 2020 WorldTour calendar with the major news being the Tour de France is set to start a week earlier than normal.

This is to avoid a clash with the Tokyo Olympic Games and allow more riders to be able to ride the Tour de France and then make it to Japan for the Olympics.

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