2018 Tour de France rescheduled to reduce clash with FIFA World Cup

Race will now start a week later on July 7

The 2018 Tour de France has been pushed back a week so as not to clash so much with the World Cup
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The 2018 Tour de France will be rescheduled to avoid too much of an overlap with the FIFA World Cup.

The race had originally been scheduled to start in Noirmoutier-en-l'Île on the west coast of France on June 30, but after a decision by the UCI's Professional Cycling Council (PCC), which includes Tour general director Chirstian Prudhomme, it will now start a week later on July 7.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the PCC said that the decision had been made to "minimise the disruption resulting from the 2018 FIFA World Cup" and would also cause some other races to be rescheduled later in the season.

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup, for which France are among the favourites, takes place in Russia, starting on June 14 and finishing on July 15.

The original scheduling of the Tour de France could have meant the race struggling for column inches during its first two weeks, but the new dates mean that only the first week, much of which will likely consist of flat stages in western France, could be overshadowed.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.