The 2021 Tour de France has been brought forward by one week by the International Cycling Union (UCI), with a kick-off set for June 26, which involves moving the site of the Grand Départ initially planned to Copenhagen.

“To avoid an overlap of the Olympic road cycling races (July 24, 25 and 28) with the Tour de France (initially scheduled for July 2 to 25), the French stage race will end on July 18, the weekend before the first weekend of the Olympics “, confirmed the UCI.

The UCI’s decision is due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics for one year and the announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to keep the program unchanged between the start of the events fixed on July 23 and the end of the 8 August 2021. If the Tour was not advanced, the best riders in the world would have been forced to choose and would have risked being forced to ignore the Olympics.

An alternative solution to the departure from Copenhagen, since the Danish capital cannot host the matches of Euro football and the Tour at the same time, is represented by the candidature of the Brittany region, revealed last week. The mayor of Copenhagen, who considered the hypothesis of a change of site, mentioned 2022 for a departure in his city

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As for the Tour of Spain, the Vuelta, it will also be held a week earlier than its usual dates, to allow a better transition between the Vuelta, the European Championships (announced for the weekend of September 11-12 ) and the world championships, ”added the international federation.

The World with AFP