French government considers possibility of Tour de France 'behind closed doors'
Mar 26 2020 07:47 am CET

French government considers possibility of Tour de France 'behind closed doors'
French government considers possibility of Tour de France 'behind closed doors'
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The Minister of Sports of France Roxana Maracineanu has stated that the country is considering the possibility of holding the Tour de France behind 'closed doors'.

The coronavirus pandemic has had deep impact in several aspects of the world, including sports. The cycling calendar is suspended for now and the future is uncertain for all the race, but in France they are already thinking of plans to hold the second grant tour of the year: the Tour -which is supposed to take place between June 27 and July 19 of 2020.

In an interview with French radio broadcaster France Bleu, the Sports Minister said that the race can even be hold behind closed doors, without spectators on the side of the roads. "All scenarios are under study," she commented. "Discussions are underway with the ASO (organiser of the race) and it is still too early to say.

"The economic model of the Tour de France is not based on ticket sales but on TV rights and media broadcasting. In this period of confinement, everyone is aware and responsible. Everyone understands the benefits of staying at home and therefore watching television is more prevalent than watching the live spectacle. Finally, it wouldn't be too terrible because we can still follow it on television."

The Tour de France was first held in 1903 and since then it has only stopped during the two world wars.
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