Prudhomme 'reasonably optimistic' for cycling calendar despite COVID-19 restrictions

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme wearing a face mask arrives for a press conference to present sanitary measures over the COVID19 novel coronavirus pandemic put in place for the start of the 107th edition of the Tour De France cycling race in the French Riviera city of Nice on August 19 2020 The 2020 edition of the Tour de France kicks off in Nice on August 29 and runs to September 20 postponed from June 27 to July 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic Photo by Valery HACHE AFP Photo by VALERY HACHEAFP via Getty Images
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has expressed optimism that the bulk of the cycling calendar will go ahead as planned despite the spate of early-season postponements and cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Races including the Tour Down Under, Vuelta a San Juan, Challenge Mallorca and Ruta del Sol have fallen victim to coronavirus restrictions so far in 2021, while ASO itself has cancelled the Tour of Oman and Saudi Tour. The French cycling season has since begun on schedule, however, with the Grand Prix de la Marseillaise and Étoile de Bessèges both taking place last week, while the Tour de la Provence gets underway on Thursday.

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