Uncertainty hangs over France's early-season races

Tour de la Provence 2020 - 5th Edition - 4th stage Avignon - Aix-en-Provence 170,5 km - 16/02/2020 - Nairo Quintana (COL - Team Arkea Samsic) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2020
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Just days before the French road racing season is due to get underway, the organisers of the opening three races on the calendar are still awaiting official confirmation that the events will be able to go ahead against a backdrop of existing and possibly even increased COVID-related restrictions. 

The season is scheduled to start with the GP La Marseillaise this coming Sunday (January 31), followed by the Étoile de Bessèges (February 3-7) and the Tour de la Provence (February 11-14).

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).