French Sports Minister Evokes Tour De France Spectator Ban

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French sports minister Roxana Maracineanusays this year's Tour de France could be staged without spectators in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The French government is in talks with Tour organizers about the future of the June 27-July 19 edition of world cycling's top event which draws more than 10 millions fans annually to the roads of France.

All options are being considered including postponement or cancellation of the event which has been raced every year in peacetime since 1903, the minister said.

"Everything is imaginable. We have(imposed spectator bans) for other competitions before, even though it won't have the same impact because the business model of the Tour doesn't depend on ticket sales like football or rugby," she told France Bleu radio station on Wednesday.

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and the Euro 2020 football championships has focused attention on the Tour which winds its way for thousands of miles through the towns and villages of France in a wide loop for three weeks ending on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

"I think that today everybody is aware and responsible about the period of isolation we are going through and everyone knows the reasons and the benefits that it can bring to all," she said.

"So finally it wouldn't be so bad because you could still watch it on TV."


'The Timing Couldn't Be Better' - Woods Ahead Breaking Femur

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If Michael Woods had to break his femur then this was the perfect time while the world stops due to COVID-19.

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17 Coaches, Athletes And Cyclists Who Are Infected With Coronavirus

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High-level sports was one of the first social activities shut down by the coronavirus pandemic and many athletes, who play in front of crowds and train with team-mates, have been among the high-profile victims.

How To Watch Gent-Wevelgem In 2020

The 2020 edition of Gent-Wevelgem has been canceled by event organizers, but that doesn't mean there won't be racing to watch! FloBikes will be rebroadcasting the 2019 edition of Gent-Wevelgem, along with plenty of other 2019 races, on their originally scheduled 2020 dates, live and on demand for FloBikes subscribers. Check out the schedule below for more details on how to watch Gent-Wevelgem during the Coronavirus.

Tokyo Olympics Postponed

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The IOC announced on Tuesday that the Tokyo Olympics will be postponed to 2021 as the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ben King's 6 Stages Of Covid: 'I Wish I'd Known It Would Get This Serious'

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Ben King is a WorldTour racer for NTT Pro Cycling, and a multi-time grand tour stage winner. 

How To Watch Bike Racing During Coronavirus This Week (3/23-3/29)

If you're as sick of COVID-19 cancelations as we are, you're in luck, because FloBikes has a plan.

FloBikes Reschedules The 2020 Giro & Monuments

The Coronavirus is causing cyclists to squeeze the brakes, but what will the 2020 calendar look like when the races resume? FloBikes replans the calendar, giving priority to the grand tours and monuments, and cutting some others.

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Nibali's Secret To Winning Milano-Sanremo

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Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) explains what it takes to win Milano-Sanremo, which will not be held tomorrow due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Letter From The Editor: Finding Escape In Cycling During Coronavirus

Last Thursday, the mood at Austin’s renowned weekly bike race, the Driveway Series, was jovial and upbeat. The first race of the season is always that way, and I was in the midst of it.