Tour de France postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak, no starting date set
PARIS — After weeks of holding out hope the Tour de France would be able to go ahead as planned despite the coronavirus outbreak, the world’s most famous cycling race was finally added to the list of sporting events called off.
It may still happen this year, but it’s clear the three-week race won’t be starting June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled.
French President Emmanuel Macron effectively made that decision in his speech to the nation on Monday when he announced that all public events with large crowds have been canceled until at least mid-July.
“Given that it’s now impossible that the Tour starts at its planned date, we are consulting with the [International Cycling Union] to try and find new dates,” race organizers said Tuesday.