Tour de France will not be raced behind closed doors, says French sport minister

The coronavirus pandemic's development will be monitored closely before a decision is made on whether the race will run

Tour de France 2018 (Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

If the Tour de France is raced in September it will not be behind closed doors, according to the French minister for sport.

Roxana Maracineanu originally suggested the idea of keeping fans away from the French Grand Tour, as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in March. However, with the race now postponed and set to take place between August 29 - September 20, she says spectators should be allowed at the roadside.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.