by Steve Martindale
Following the government’s extension of a ban on mass gatherings due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic until mid-July, this year’s Tour de France has now officially been postponed. This year’s edition of Le Tour had been due to run from 27 June to 19 July, but will now take place between 29 August and 20 September according to sources close to race organisers, who have yet to comment officially.
No announcements have been made by the major teams, but Britain’s Chris Froome had been due to join the peloton, one year after breaking his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs in a crash, as had previous winner Geraint Thomas who was pipped to the title last year by teammate Egan Bernal. “It’s the pinnacle of cycling,” said the Welsh rider following news of the postponement. “It represents the sport and certainly it’s the thing that’s keeping me going at the minute. You’ve just got that target down the line.”