Tour de France to start Aug. 29

The Tour de France will take place Aug. 29 to Sept. 20, the International Cycling Union announced Wednesday.

The 23-day, 21-stage cycling event was scheduled to begin June 27 in the city of Nice, but organizers bowed to concerns for the health of riders and support crews after French president Emmanuel Macron canceled all public events with large crowds until mid-July amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Egan Bernal
Columbia’s Egan Bernal won the 2019 Tour de France. (REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

“Holding this event in the best conditions possible is judged essential given its central place in cycling’s economy and its exposure, in particular for the teams that benefit on this occasion from unparalleled visibility,” the organization said in a news release.

The Giro d’Italia and Spain’s Vuelta, cycling’s other grand tours, will take place after the Tour de France.

The Giro had been scheduled to take place in May, and the Vuelta originally was set for Aug. 14-Sept. 6.

The last day of the Tour de France, which finishes on the Champs-Elysees, is the first day of play at the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris.

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