Live

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

OTB Gold
Tour De France start postponed...
Other Sports

Tour De France start postponed until late August due to COVID-19

The start of this year's Tour De France has been postponed until August 29 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The original start date of June 27 had already been under threat before French president Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday that mass gatherings would be banned in the country until mid-July at the earliest.

Reports had circulated last week of a late July/early August race, with mayors of finish towns open to the proposal.

But Le Dauphiné Libéré reported on Tuesday evening that this year's Tour would run from August 29 to September 20.

The Grand Depart will still take place in Nice, with the finish remaining in Paris.

Earlier, the president of the French Cyclists Union (UNCP) Pascal Chanteur had called for clarity on cycling's calendar for the remainder of the year.

Chanteur told RMC Sport that he had asked Tour organisers ASO for a quick decision on a revised start date.

He added, "We are all, I'm talking about cycling as a sport in general, in a very delicate economic situation" before adding that they needed Le Tour as a beacon.

Chanteur said riders need an official start date so they can prepare.

The Giro D'Italia has already been postponed, as has the one-week Critérium du Dauphiné which is often used as a barometer for form in Le Tour.

"A Tour de France of three weeks is not a click of the fingers", Chanteur said.

"The more weeks you spend not on a bike, the longer it will take to regain top physical condition.

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Coronavirus Covid-19 Cycling France Tour De France

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Up next

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-03:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Friday Night Racing

LIVE: Friday Night Racing

03:00 PM-04:00 PM

Share

Team 33 Gold

Team 33 Gold

04:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:00 PM-08:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Friday Night Racing

Repeat: Friday Night Racing

08:00 PM-09:00 PM

Share

Team 33

Team 33

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-01:00 PM

Share

LIVE: OTB Weekend

LIVE: OTB Weekend

01:00 PM-01:30 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on