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UCI says Grand Tours will be given priority when rescheduling the 2020 race calendar

Road season could be extended until November 1

Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has said that no events on the road racing calendar will be held until further notice. It said that upon the resumption of the season, priority would be given to events that could still take place on their original dates, the three Grands Tours and the five Monuments.

In a later statement, it clarified, “the Grands Tours will have priority – after events already existing on the calendar at the date of resumption – in the revision of the calendar. At this stage, no decision has been made regarding the reallocation of dates and the format of the events concerned.”

It said these decisions would hopefully, “guarantee the visibility of our sport, which will find itself in competition with other major international sports events, while ensuring the best possible exposure for the most-viewed races.”

It added that, “The principle of flexibility could also be envisaged when it comes to the number of cyclists entered by teams at events.”

Giro d’Italia organisers RCS Sport postponed the race on March 13 after the Hungarian government declared a state of emergency prohibiting mass events in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, the situation has deteriorated markedly in Italy, where the death toll has now passed China’s with the healthcare system overwhelmed in many areas.

The Tour de France is scheduled to start in Nice on Saturday, June 27.

Speaking last week, race director Christian Prudhomme pointed out that, "only two world wars have stopped the Tour de France," but France too is struggling to contain the outbreak.

The nation reported a major spike in deaths yesterday and has tightened rules on leaving the house – including for cycling.

"We are at the start of this crisis,” said President Emmanuel Macron earlier today.

While the Vuelta a Espana is not due to begin until August 14, Spain is also badly affected and has become the fourth nation to record over 1,000 deaths.

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