White: We’re heading for the most competitive Tour de France field ever

Mitchelton-Scott head sports director Matt White talks to the media at the 2019 Tour de France pre-race press conference
Mitchelton-Scott head sports director Matt White talks before the 2019 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Although the dates are only pencilled in and much will rely on how effective national and global strategies are in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus, the world of professional cycling now has a glimmer of hope after ASO announced their plans to hold the Tour de France later in the year.

The previous June Grand Départ has been moved to August 29, and with cycling’s other two Grand Tours set to be held in quick succession teams and riders can now potentially plan for the second half of the year.

For Matt White, senior directeur sportif at Mitchelton-Scott, that means plotting schedules for his roster of riders, the majority of which are still under lockdown. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.