No cycling at least until June 1. The International Cycling Union and the different cycling families (associations of runners, teams and race organizers) met on Wednesday for a long conference call.
The verdict has been reached: the suspension of all races has been extended, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, until early June. The date of the end of the season, currently scheduled for October 15, will also be postponed even if, this time, no date has been set.
First consequence for France, the Critérium du Dauphiné, traditional prelude to the Tour de France with rehearsals notably of alpine stages, is postponed to a later date. He was scheduled to fight from May 31 to June 7.
The big maneuvers are just beginning
“The organizers of the Critérium, wrote in an ASO press release, the organizer of the event and of the Tour de France, in agreement with the UCI, the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region and the communities, therefore decided to work on postponing the test which was to start for the first time from Clermont-Ferrand. The Critérium could be argued later, in a smaller format. The Tour de France is, for the moment, maintained on its initial dates, from June 27 to July 19.
A few hours earlier, Renato Di Rocco, the president of the Italian Federation and vice-president of the UCI, spoke on the microphone of the Rai about a plan so that the three Grand Tours can be disputed by the end of the season. “The best solution would be to have one Grand Tour per month,” he said. If it is not possible to do the Tour de France in July, it is possible to pass the Grande Boucle in August. If it is possible to do the Tour in July, there would be room for the Giro (Editor’s note: already postponed when it was to run in May) in August. This means that the Vuelta (August 14-September 6) will have to be postponed. “
The great maneuvers to reconstruct the cycling calendar have only just begun.