Despite the coronavirus epidemic, the Tour de France remains for the moment maintained on its initial dates, from June 27 to July 19. Marc Madiot, general manager of Groupama-FDJ training, however, does not imagine the event to start before August.
He continues to resist. While the Euro football tournament and the Tokyo Olympics have already been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Tour de France remains the last major sporting event planned for this summer that has not been postponed. It has so far been maintained on its initial dates, from June 27 to July 19. But for Marc Madiot, general manager of Groupama-FDJ training, to see this 107th edition disputing before August seems unlikely.
“We should rather hope for a regulation of the sanitary state to envisage a Tour de France in the best possible conditions in a fairly close time, but I do not believe in it for the end of June and July. I think that it will be later in the summer. We must first get out of the period we know and consider a calendar that could allow athletes to train and get back into condition to participate in a possible Tour de France “, he reminded this Sunday on Franceinfo. Last month, Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu raised the possibility of a closed Tour de France.
A “difficult to envisage” camera
A hypothesis since swept by Christian Prudhomme, director of the event, and which does not really frankly Marc Madiot either. “A total closed session in relation to the public seems to me difficult to envisage in particular in the technical part of this installation. It seems to me difficult, and delicate over 4,000 km of race, to prevent the presence of the public at a time or to another, “he said. Pending the resumption of the races, all suspended until June 1 by the International Cycling Union, the boss of the team led by Thibaut Pinot hopes that his riders may in the future be allowed to go out to train as part of of their profession.
“We must remove the ambiguities. There is no question of going for a walk to cycle. We are talking about work for professionals whose job it is,” he explained. Their program so far boils down to physical work and home trainer sessions.