Uncertainty over Tour de France dates impacts post-Tour criteriums

Stars Peter Sagan and Chris Froome get a lap in the pace car in Natourcriterium Aalst
Peter Sagan and Chris Froome get a lap in the pace car in Natourcriterium Aalst (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After the Tour de France, the stars of the race including the overall winner typically celebrate in front of an adoring public at several lucrative post-Tour criteriums in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and other countries. However the Tour de France is facing ever-shifting dates for postponement because of the coronavirus pandemic and the post-Tour criteriums, by definition, are also on uncertain ground.

Organisers of the Criterium Aalst in Belgium, scheduled to take place two days after the finish of the Tour de France, announced they are cancelling their 85th running of the popular event that typically attracts the maillot jaune for a few hot-laps around the town square.

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