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France postpones Tour de France, Le Mans events

The coronavirus has hit France hard, but not hard enough for it to cancel two of the largest premier sporting events in the world — the Tour de France and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Tour de France has been postponed from from June 27-July 19 to August 29- September 20, the International Cycling Union said this week. 

While the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race has been rescheduled to September 18-19 from June 13-14, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced.

French president Emmanuel Macron said that no public event would take place in the country until mid-July as part of measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, reported. 

The race’s director Christian Prudhomme said staging the Tour de France this year despite the pandemic was vital for road cycling. 

“Everyone in the world of cycling supported the idea, even those who usually don’t like us. Some teams said they would have to close down without the Tour in 2020.”

Sponsors usually invest in cycling teams for the broad TV exposure and the Tour de France is one of the world’s most watched events, after the Summer Olympics and the football World Cup, the report said. 

With no racing before July, cycling teams and sponsors have been dramatically hit financially by the coronavirus, which has infected over 2 million people worldwide and brought the world of sport to a standstill. 

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