Tour de France Too Early For Decision On 2020 Race Sports Minister

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Tour de France Too Early For Decision On 2020 Race Sports Minister

It is too early to decide whether this summer’s Tour de France will go ahead, says France’s sports minister.

Most major sporting events have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, including the Olympic Games and football’s European Championships.

Roxana Maracineanu has said France could host the Tour, which she called “a monument of sport” and due to run from 27 June to 19 July, without fans.

“But there’s a time for everything. We have a more urgent fight,” she said.

“It’s still too early to decide. Let’s put all our effort into climbing that mountain before tackling the next one.”

Speaking to French media, Maracineanu said the Tour relies on television revenue rather than ticket sales, meaning a ‘behind closed doors’ event would “not be so penalising”.

“In this period of confinement, everyone is aware and responsible,” she told France Bleu.

“Everyone understood the benefits of staying at home and therefore favouring the television show rather than the live show.”

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The French Minister of Youth and Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, has told the French press that the staging of this year’s Tour de France could potentially take place behind closed doors, without any fans in attendance.

However, according to L’Equipe, Maracineanu warned that although different scenarios are being discussed with Tour organisers ASO, it’s still too early to make any firm decisions for the race – set to run from June 27-July 19 – while the coronavirus pandemic remains everyone’s first concern.

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“The economic model of the Tour de France is not based on ticketing but on TV rights,” Maracineanu told French radio network France Bleu on Wednesday.

The Giro d’Italia – set for 9-31 May – has been postponed, while a decision is still to be made on the final Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana, which is due to start on 14 August.

Tour de France Too Early For Decision On 2020 Race Sports Minister

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