Tour de France organisers ASO aim for ‘postponement rather than cancellation’ as the iconic race comes under threat from coronavirus
- The Tour de France peloton is scheduled to roll out of Nice on June 27th
- However, that date is now under threat from the coronavirus pandemic
- ASO, the race’s organisers, are now working on ‘postponing’ the event
- The cycling season has already been affected, with Paris-Roubaix cancelled
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Tour de France organisers are focusing on a postponement of this year’s race rather than a cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The news is according to an email seen by Reuters on Saturday which was sent to the publishers of the race’s official programme.
The Tour’s main publisher said in the email it was ‘freezing the administrative aspects of our collaboration’ ahead of the sport’s most prestigious race which is due to run from June 27-July 19.
The Tour de France’s organisers are now looking at postponing the race, rather than cancelling
Riders like Geraint Thomas are left in limbo, with the date for a season restart unknown
The publishing arm of L’Equipe newspaper, which is owned by the same family as the Tour de France organisers, wrote: ‘The unpredictable nature of the global crisis that we are all caught up in means that we will have to be patient until there’s an official announcement of (Tour organisers) ASO about the 2020 race.
‘The current focus is on a postponement until later in the summer rather than a cancellation.’
The professional cycling season has already been savaged by the crisis, with most of the Spring Classics season, including the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, cancelled.
The Tour was supposed to thunder onto the Champs Elysees on July 19th in Paris
Some of the world’s elite riders have already had their target events cancelled this season
ASO were able to stage Paris-Nice and find a winner in Maximilian Schachmann, but the original eighth and final stage into Nice had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, with riders like Tejay van Garderen leaving the race mid-way through.
Tour de France organisers declined to comment.