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Tour de France postponed to Aug 29-Sep 20

By AFP

Added 15th April 2020 01:47 PM

The new dates are the latest ever for the Tour founded in 1903.

Tour de France postponed to Aug 29-Sep 20

Unless the lockdown continues well into the summer, it would be hard to imagine the Tour being cancelled. (AFP)

The new dates are the latest ever for the Tour founded in 1903.

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The Tour de France will take place from August 29 to September 20, organisers announced on Wednesday, postponing the race originally slated to start on June 27 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new dates, the latest ever for the Tour founded in 1903, follow French President Emmanuel Macron's extension on Monday of a ban on public gatherings until mid-July.

While the news comes as a relief to professional cycling teams and fans, it moves the three-week race out of its traditional slot during the summer holidays where festive roadside crowds of around 12 million would be expected.


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