‘Before the start in Nice we were afraid - getting to Paris was a victory’: Tour de France director reflects on unpredictable 2020 edition

Christian Prudhomme also said last year’s Tour was still better

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Christian Prudhomme says the Tour de France 2020 reaching Paris was a victory in itself, because of the constant threat of coronavirus.

The director of the Tour Prudhomme, who was forced to leave the race for a week after testing positive for Covid-19, also said the 2019 Tour was a better race, despite the surprises 2020 edition had to offer. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.