Tour de France could be postponed by a month, reports French media

The Tour organiser has contacted local councils about whether postponement is possible

Tour de France 2019 Grand Départ in Brussels, Belgium (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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The Tour de France could be postponed by a month, according to French media.

With uncertainty still hanging over the French Grand Tour due to the global coronavirus crisis, reports suggest the race could be delayed by a month.

French newspaper Le Parisien (opens in new tab) says that the Tour organiser ASO has approached local councils to ask if the race could be postponed by a month.

Tour director Christian Prudhomme has set a deadline of May 15 to decide if the Tour will run on its scheduled dates or if it will be postponed.

ASO has now 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.

The 2020 Tour, scheduled to start in Nice on June 27 and finish in Paris on July 19, has been in doubt after the UCI suspended the international cycling calendar.

Dozens of races have been postponed and cancelled as cycling’s governing body does what it can to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

All races is now suspended up until June 1 with the Critérium du Dauphine, run by ASO, also postponed.

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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He added that riders must be able to train by the end of April for the Tour to go ahead on its scheduled date of June 27.

The next major races still scheduled to run this year are the Tour de France for the men and the rescheduled Trofeo Alfredo Binda for the women on June 6.

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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 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.