Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme ruled out the possibility of holding the traditional cycling race without an audience. At the same time, he admitted that new dates for the event are being studied if the coronavirus pandemic does not allow for the 27th of June and the 19th of July.
“For now, the Tour remains on its dates. Naturally, everything will depend on the evolution of the pandemic, ”said Prudhomme to the newspaper La Montagne. The executive stressed that the main issue at the moment is the health situation in France and the rest of the world. “The most important thing about the Tour de France is France. What counts is the health situation ”, he commented. “I only wish for one thing: that the Tour happens this summer (winter in the southern hemisphere). But not because of the Tour, but because if it is not done it will be because we are in a catastrophic situation ”, he added.
Prudhomme, who a few weeks ago recalled that only the two World Wars had prevented the event, said that other hypotheses about the dates are being studied if the health crisis continues. However, he was emphatic in saying that there will be a public presence, rejecting the idea given a few days ago by the French Minister for Youth and Sports, Roxana Maracineanu.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) and other sectors of the sport decided on Wednesday to suspend all races on the calendar until June 1. A decision regarding the Tour must be made by May 15.
* With EFE