Tour de France moved ahead to keep away from conflict with Tokyo Olympics

Bengaluru, July 29

The begin of subsequent 12 months’s Tour de France has been introduced ahead by per week to keep away from clashing with the boys’s street race on the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, the International Cycling Union (UCI) has mentioned.

The 2021 Tour will start on June 26 and finish on July 18, six days earlier than the beginning of the Mount Fuji street race. It was initially scheduled to start on July 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Tokyo Games had been scheduled to happen from July 24-August 9 this 12 months however have been postponed by a 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the Tokyo Olympic Games being held from July 23 to August 8 2021, the dates of several events have been adapted,” the UCI mentioned in a press release unveiling its calendar for the season.

“It is of note that to avoid an overlapping of the Olympic road cycling races (July 24, 25 and 28) with the Tour de France (initially envisaged for July 2-25), the French stage race will finish on July 18, the weekend before the first weekend of the Olympics.” The UCI additionally mentioned the Tour of California and the RideLondon-Surrey Classic wouldn’t be part of its new calendar, which consists of 35 occasions. REuters

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