Fan-less Tour de France 'nothing new' after racing in UAE, says Buchmann

Emanuel Buchmann won race 2 at the 2020 Mallorca Challenge
Buchmann at the 2020 Mallorca Challenge (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

With plans afoot to hold a scaled-down version of the Tour de France with restrictions on crowd sizes, last year's fourth-place finisher Emanuel Buchmann has argued that racing without spectators will be "nothing new", given he and most of his colleagues have competed in the Middle East in recent years. 

On Sunday evening, French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu revealed she had held meetings with Tour de France bosses over limiting the number of people at the race, which has been pushed back to August 29. 

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