After first rescheduling the event for September 6th, organisers of the Tour de France finally decided to cancel the 2020 edition.
It comes as a new bend in the road for this stage of the Tour, which brings together more than 15,000 applicants every year. After first postponing the date, organisers have now decided to cancel the event entirely, which was supposed to be held in the Riviera’s capital. COVID-19 and “the difficulties for many participants to make themselves available on this date”, particularly those from foreign countries, came as the reasoning behind their decision. In 2019, riders from abroad represented 31% of registered participants.
Postponed to 2021
Somewhat fortunately, the 2020 edition of the Tour de France is only postponed, now taking place in July 2021. “The city of Nice and the organisers, faced with a renewed enthusiasm and a record number of registrations, made a point of keeping the event organised in the superb surroundings of Nice,” stated an official press release issued on 28th July.
Participants will therefore have to wait until next year to tackle the 175km and 3,600m of elevation gain on the race, which will cross the Colmiane Pass, the Col de Turini Pass and the Col d’Èze Pass.