ASO set May 15 deadline for Tour de France decision

PARIS FRANCE JULY 28 Maxime Monfort of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal Enric Mas of Spain and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Tim Wellens of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal Jens Keukeleire of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal Kasper Asgreen of Denmark and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Most Combative Rider Yves Lampaert of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Jasper De Buyst of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal Peloton Sunset Arc De Triomphe during the 106th Tour de France 2019 Stage 21 a 128km stage from Rambouillet to Paris Champslyses TDF TDF2019 LeTour on July 28 2019 in Paris France Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images
A scene from the final stage of the 2019 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tour de France organisers ASO has reportedly set a deadline of May 15 for a final decision on whether the race will go ahead this summer. With the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic still raging and sports events, including the Olympic Games, being postponed or cancelled, the Tour is among the last major summer events which has an undecided fate.

 The news comes as mayors of various host towns worry about the possibility of a 'closed' Tour, run without fans, a prospect mooted by French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu on Wednesday.

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