Tour de France postponed to late summer due to the Corona virus


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The 107th edition of the Tour de France was postponed to late summer for the first time since its inception in 1903. This decision comes in light of the measures taken by the French authorities to deal with the outbreak of the Coronavirus, which has killed thousands of people around the world. The date of August 29 was chosen for the start of the circling rather than June 27.

In order to address the outbreak of the Corona virus, the organizers were forced Tour of France The 107th edition was postponed until late summer for the first time since its inception in 1903, but it did not impose upon it the complete abolition that would have been a very severe blow to this sport.

Tour de France can be considered an economical artery for professional cycling, and thus keeping it even though having to change its traditional date, is a source of relief for riders, their teams or fans.

Tour de France can be considered an important French landmark in the calendar of annual events in addition to being an economic artery for professional cycling.

And on Wednesday, the International Cycling Federation announced a change in the scheduled date between June 27 and July 19, to between August 29 and September 20 in an expected step, especially after French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision Monday evening to extend the closure and stone until May 11, gathering in all its forms is banned until mid-July due to the spread of “Covid 19”.

On the same track, except for some details, the same difficulties and the difference, it will not be “a less important race” than usual, according to the director of the circulation, Christian Brodome, expecting the new date “will likely reduce the number of vehicles compared to previous years”, referring to advertising vehicles. Promotions that will be less visible in version 107 due to the difficult economic conditions imposed by the “Covid-19” virus.

Certainly, setting the 2020 edition outside the traditional calendar and timing at the height of the summer will reduce the volume of the mass attendance, which is usually about 12 million people, over the three weeks of the race that starts as usual from Nice and concludes on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

“Get as far away from the epidemic as possible”

Broadum justified postponing the start of the race until late August by “moving as far as possible from the epidemic. The President of the Republic gave the date of July 14 to allow public gatherings again, so it seemed wise for us to provide as much time as possible so that the riders could prepare properly” because “The longer the stopping time, the more time it takes to regain fitness.”

Broadum revealed that he had started working to postpone the race since the stone was announced and closed in the country on the eighteenth of March, speaking of several scenarios put on the table, including “the premise of the race in the beginning of August …”, but after “events The past few days, the President’s speech, we have tried to keep the date as far as possible, until the date of the first championship on the calendar, the World Championship, scheduled for September 27.

In its meeting on Wednesday, the International Federation also announced the extension of the suspension of competitions for an additional month until the first of July in light of the continuing spread of “Covid-19” which caused chaos in the calendar of sports events around the world, and caused the postponement or cancellation of most of them, most notably the Tokyo Olympics and the Cup Europe football, who were deported to the summer of 2021, along the lines of the Copa América of South American national football.

By delaying the French tour to the new date, the Spanish “Foylta” cruise, which was scheduled between August 14 and September 6, will be affected automatically, and will move to a later date, according to race director Javier Guillen, and told the Spanish media on Wednesday, saying “Let’s be clear on this issue.” Voilta and Tor races will not take place at the same time. “

And the Corona virus has caused the postponement of the first big cruise for this season, which is the Italian “Giro” which was scheduled between 9 and 31 May, and it is assumed that this summer will take place between the rafts of France and Spain, according to what the International Cycling Federation indicated Wednesday, without specifying any dates for the two races. .

France 24 / AFP