Tour de France 2020: What impact Covid-19?

Romain Bardet, pictured here leading riders at the 2017 Tour de France, is optimistic that the 2020 race could still go ahead

The Tour de France 2020 may take place without any spectators this year due to Covid-19, the French sports minister has said, and the event could still be postponed or even cancelled completely.

Sports minister Roxana Maracineanu told news source France Inter this week that “all scenarios were being studied”, including holding the event without spectators, postponing it, or cancelling it altogether.

“Discussions are still ongoing with [organiser Amaury Sport Organisation] ASO,” Ms Maracineanu said, “and it is still too early to say for sure” what will happen.

She explained: “The economic model of the Tour de France is not based on ticket sales but on television rights and media re-broadcasting. Everyone has understood the ...

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