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2020 Tour de France to go ahead at end of August

Cycling's biggest event has been postponed due the coronavirus pandemic
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The 2020 Tour de France will start on 29 August. The move comes after the French government extended a ban on mass gatherings to mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cycling's biggest event was originally scheduled to run from 27 June to 19 July.

"Holding this event in the best conditions possible is judged essential given its central place in cycling's economy," said the UCI, the sport's governing body.

Cycling's two remaining Grand Tour races have also been rescheduled as part of a plan by the UCI to hold all major cycling races in 2020.

The Giro d'Italia was scheduled to take place in May and the Vuelta a Espana was scheduled to be held in September. They will both be raced after September's World Championships which will be held in Switzerland from 20-27 September.

The postponed Milan-San Remo, Liege-Bastonge-Liege, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix one-day races will all take place later this season with the dates to be confirmed.

The UCI warned that the cycling calendar remains dependent on the "world health situation". UCI president David Lappartient said "we still have work to do to finalise the establishment of an entirely revised calendar".

On 10 April, the UCI furloughed staff and cut the salaries of senior employees as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The women's La Course by le Tour de France was originally scheduled to take place on 19 July on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Tour organiser ASO said it will also be postponed and be be held "during the Tour de France 2020".

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