The sports minister in an interview with France Bleu hinted that the scenario of a spectator-less Great Loop was under consideration.
The Tour de France, scheduled for June 27 to July 19, is one of the last questions of the summer in the world of sport. Asked by France Blue regarding the Tour de France, Roxana Maracineanu indicated that "all the scenarios were under study" (an organized, postponed, canceled Tour). Regarding a Tour (scheduled from June 27 to July 19) which would depart from Nice, the Minister of Sports mentioned the possibility of a closed session: "The economic model of the Tour de France is not based on ticket office but on TV rights and media broadcasting. In this period of confinement, everyone is aware and responsible. Everyone understood the benefits of staying at home and therefore favoring the television show rather than the live show. In the end, it would not be so penalizing since we could follow him on television. ”
"The conditions seem totally different for the Tour de France compared to the Olympic Games"
The Tour behind closed doors, the peloton is thinking about it from Paris-Nice (March 8-15) disputed without spectators but cut off from its final stage due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A test also organized by Amaury Sport Organization which did not wish to speak about the Great Loop. Invited during a videoconference to speak on the Tour de France, Romain Bardet, the leader of the AG2R-LaMondiale team summed up: "Will the Tour be able to stand? This question, we actors first, we will ask it daily. It is the only thread that will be able to hang on to a season and at the same time from my point of view even if I do not have quality to speak about that the conditions seem to me completely different for the Tour de France compared to the Games Olympic. For the Tour, we will have an identified population with athletes who will be of less disparate provenance. I think there are possibilities, not to confine people but to reduce certain aspects, taking care not to distort the event. It seems less utopian to think that the Tour de France could be organized if the pandemic has been controlled by then on French territory (…) It would mean that the health situation has greatly improved, that we would be on the right path and that we would have brought a somewhat unifying event for all to meet around an event that is part of the heritage of the French. But it’s still far too early to say, strong measures have been taken in France and are being revisited, updated with even more vigor in recent hours, in recent days. ”
Regarding a closed loop, the leader of the AG2R-La Mondiale team said: "I don't know … It also seems complicated to me to think that the Tour can hold up completely normally."