It’s official: UCI sets new dates for Tour de France
The UCI has announced key points from its revised 2020 UCI International Road Calendar after a meeting with the representatives of race organizers and stakeholders.
The announcement stated that the Tour de France will take place from August 29 to September 20, 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.
With the Tokyo Olympic Games and football’s Euro 2020 showpiece both delayed by a year, the Tour is the last major event remaining on the summer sports calendar.
As a result of the date switch, the Vuelta a España – initially planned for August 14 to September 6 – is also likely to be rescheduled.
The event is owned by the Tour de France organizers and it appears that a clash of dates will not be permitted.
“Let’s be clear on this, the Vuelta and the Tour will not be run concurrently,” Vuelta director Javier Guillén told Spanish media on Wednesday.
Other race calendar dates that the UCI announced today are:
- The period of suspension of competitions on the UCI International Road Calendar was extended by one month, until 1st July, and until 1st August for UCI WorldTour events.
- The 2020 UCI Road World Championships in Switzerland are maintained at the scheduled dates, 20-27 September. The competition program does not change.
- The Giro d’Italia will take place after the UCI Worlds and will be followed by the Vuelta Ciclista a España.
- The National Championships, organised by the National Federations, will take place on the weekend of 22-23 August.
- The UEC European Road Championships are maintained.
- The Monuments, i.e. Milano-Sanremo, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and Il Lombardia, are said to be set to take place this season with dates still to be determined.
- As many events as possible on the UCI International Calendar, and notably the UCI WorldTour, will be rescheduled later in the season.
The UCI and stakeholders continues its work to announce on May 15, a revised version of the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar and a new version of the entire UCI International Calendar (men’s and women’s races across all cycling disciplines). This calendar will remain dependent on the pandemic situation in individual countries and the world.