Tour de France facing postponement as country extends coronavirus lockdown

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
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After weeks of speculation over whether it will go forward, the Tour de France is facing official postponement as French President Emmanuel Macron declared on Monday that there will be no large public gatherings before mid-July to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tour de France was originally scheduled for June 27 to July 19 but plans were already underway for a postponement until later in July. Last week reports emerged with speculation of a July 25 start in Nice and a finish in Paris on August 16.

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