Tour de France May Still Happen This Year, French Sports Minister Says

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Right now all live sports events are banned until September by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. But The Tour de France, the world’s largest cycling race, appears to be the only exception.

French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineau made a statement on April 28th, discussing the event’s fate:

“The Tour de France is not being called into question. There will be no large-scale events before September, but the Tour starting on August 29th could have some modifications.”

Maracineau’s statement was released the same day Prime Minister Philippe cancelled football games nationwide. The French Professional Football League had previously hoped to reopen the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons on June 17th.

The event, which usually involves as many as 4,500 participants and 12 million people in the live audience, was previously set to take off on June 27th. The date was then moved to August after the COVID-19 pandemic struck. 

There has been no official statement from the Tour De France director Christian Prudhomme or any other organizers or cyclists. 

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