The French sports activities minister Roxana Maracineanu has delivered a stark warning to biking, declaring that there’s “no assure” that the Tour de France will go forward this 12 months.
The Tour has already been rescheduled from June to a 29 August begin due to the Covid-19 disaster, however the minister might supply little assurance that the race can be given the inexperienced gentle. With crowd-drawing occasions banned in France till the top of August, particular preparations may need to be made for the beginning of the Tour in Good, the sports activities ministry stated final month.
“Many individuals are begging me to maintain the Tour even behind closed doorways,” Maracineanu advised France Tv. “I hope it is going to happen however I’m not certain. We have no idea what the epidemic might be like after lockdown.”
France’s lockdown, in place since 17 March, might be partially lifted on Monday, though the seasons of a number of sports activities championships, including football’s Ligue 1 and rugby’s High 14, have been deserted. Maracineanu added that the Tour and tennis’s rescheduled French Open, which is able to now begin on 27 September, might be held behind closed doorways ought to the ban be prolonged. The information got here on the day biking’s world governing physique confirmed the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España will overlap in October because the UCI unveiled its revised calendar. The Giro is scheduled to happen from 3-25 October, with a shortened 18-stage Vuelta slated for 20 October to eight November.
The Giro Rosa, among the many highlights of the ladies’s calendar, will conflict with the ultimate week of the Tour de France as it’s scheduled for 11-19 September, the week earlier than the UCI’s Street World Championships in Aigle-Martigny, Switzerland.
Included within the revamped calendar is a primary ladies’s Paris-Roubaix in October. Reacting to the addition, the previous world champion Lizzie Deignan stated: “Clearly that is an incredible shock, I’m actually delighted!
“I feel Paris-Roubaix is an iconic race, one of many races that pulls most followers in biking and if we will entice those self same followers to ladies’s biking, I feel it’s a very constructive factor. The race will occur on the finish of an intensive racing interval and within the aftermath of such a difficult 12 months with the coronavirus pandemic however to have a Paris-Roubaix to stay up for makes the motivation simple.”
— to www.theguardian.com