On France Bleu on Wednesday, the Minister of Sports declared that “all the scenarios were under study”, namely the holding, the postponement or even the cancellation of this edition.
The Tour de France 2020 could take place this summer behind closed doors, without spectators on the side of the roads, because of the epidemic of coronavirus Covid-19, estimated the Minister for the Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, Wednesday March 25 exclusively on France Bleu. The Minister stated that “all the scenarios were under study” namely the holding, postponement or even cancellation of this edition, recognizing an uncertainty on the Great Loop. “Discussions are ongoing with ASO [the organizer, editor's note] and it's still too early to say “, assured the former swimming champion.
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Among the hypotheses raised by Roxana Maracineanu on France Bleu, the Grande Boucle could take place behind closed doors, without spectators on the side of the roads: “The economic model of the Tour de France is not based on ticketing but on TV rights and the media broadcast. In this period of confinement, everyone is aware and responsible. Everyone has understood the benefits of staying at home and therefore favoring the television show rather than the live show. Finally, it would not be so penalizing since we could follow him on television, “she said.
In the absence of a total camera which seems complicated to set up all along the 3,470km of the 21 stages that the peloton has to cross, the Tour de France could also be disputed without public at the start and finish or in the passes, meeting points popular with spectators. This was the case during the last Paris-Nice in March due to the coronavirus.
Each year, 10 to 12 million people from all over the world are expected on the roadsides of France to attend this event.