2020 Tour de France set to be postponed
- Cycling's biggest race was set to run from 27 June to 19 July
- Coronavirus pandemic places restrictions on public events
The 2020 Tour de France is likely to be postponed following the French government's decision to extend of a ban on mass gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that restrictions on public events would continue until July.
Cycling's biggest race is scheduled to start in Nice and run from 27 June to 19 July. The Tour de France runs over the course of 23 days, is widely regarded as the world’s most difficult bicycle race and finished at the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
On 10 April the International Cycling Union (UCI), cycling's governing body, furloughed staff and cut leaders' salaries in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. UCI president David Lappartient said: "Our international federation is going through a crisis without precedent since the Second World War. We have taken drastic action to enable it to weather the storm."
Colombian Egan Bernal won the 2019 Tour de France ahead of 2018 winner Geraint Thomas and Steven Kruijswijk. The 2019 Tour de France was the 106th edition of the race that started in Brussels before moving throughout France. A total of 176 riders from 22 teams participated in the race.
The Giro d'Italia has already been called off alongside three 'monument' one-day races: Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
The Road World Championships is scheduled to take place from 20-27 September in Switzerland.