Grand Tours could be held from August to October, according to reports
With the Tour now likely to be postponed, a new potential calendar has emerged
A new potential schedule for Grand Tours has emerged, which suggests the Tour de France could be held in August, the Vuelta a España in September and the Giro d’Italia in October.
French President Emmanual Macron has announced the nation’s coronavirus lockdown will be extended until May with no public gatherings, including major sporting events, allowed until mid-July.
This casts further doubt over the fate of the Tour de France, scheduled for June 26 to July 19, but the organisers have yet to make an official announcement.
According to Spanish sports newspaper La Marca, the Tour could be pushed back to August, with the Vuelta and the Giro also held later in the year.
Reports suggest that the Tour would be held from August 2 to 25, with all three Grand Tours being run over their usual three weeks.
The Giro d’Italia has already been postponed from its planned start on May 9 in Hungary because of the spread of coronavirus, but no new dates have yet been confirmed.
Meanwhile the Vuelta a España, scheduled to start in the Netherlands on August 14 has not yet been moved, but could be shifted back to allow for the other two Grand Tours to run.
Tour director Christian Prudhomme had set a deadline of May 15 to decide of his race will go ahead on its scheduled date, but the Macron’s announcement is likely to bring the decision forward.
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Organiser of the Tour de France ASO reportedly contacted authorities in all departure and arrival locations for this year’s Tour to ask if the race could pass through their territories four weeks later than planned.
While France’s sports minister previously suggested the Tour could be run without the millions of fans lining the roads, Prudhomme has since shot down that idea. ASO has not yet made a decision on the fate of the Tour de France, but on April 2 Tour director Christian Prudhomme said he is working on rearranging the dates for the three-week race.
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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.
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