French Championships face cancellation due to government restrictions on public gatherings

Warren Barguil won the French men's road race in 2019.
Warren Barguil won the French men's road race in 2019 (Image credit: Getty Images)

The French government’s decision to prohibit public gatherings of 5,000 people or more until September has left the French Championships facing cancellation, but the rescheduled Tour de France remains on the calendar for the time being, from August 29 to September 20.

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe’s announcement regarding coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday brought an immediate end to the French football season and initially looked to have compelled ASO to postpone the Tour further. However, the Ministry for Sport later clarified that the decree did not mean the Tour would be cancelled but conceded that it might have “consequences for the number of spectators.”

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