After weeks of speculation, the world’s largest annual sporting event has finally announced that they will reschedule from their traditional July date.
The Tour de France is now scheduled to start on 29th August and finish on 20th September.
When the French government announced that no major events would be allowed until mid-July at the earliest, the rescheduling was inevitable.
If all goes to plan, then there will be a much shorter, but tightly packed pro road season going right into the start of winter 2020.
At this stage the UCI is planning to run the World Road Championships in Switzerland, immediately after the Tour de France. Then the Giro d’Italia in October and the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) in November.
The UCI is still looking for new dates for the five biggest one-day races in the sport: Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro di Lombardia.
But with France, Italy and Spain being three of the hardest hit nations in the world in terms of Covid-19 infections and deaths, even this abbreviated season is no certainty.