Cancelling Grand Tours would be ‘disaster’ for cycling, says UCI’s Lappartient

David Lappartient, UCI president (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

David Lappartient, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), has said that enforced cancellations of the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France due to the coronavirus outbreak would be a “disaster” for the sport. 

The Giro d’Italia is scheduled to begin on May 9 in Budapest, Hungary and end in Milan, Italy three weeks later on May 31. All sporting events in Italy are currently under suspension until at least April 3, as the country attempts to limit the spread of the disease. The Tour de France does not begin until 27 June, though could still be affected as the number of cases in France continues to rise, reaching over 1,400 as of yesterday (March 10). The third of the cycling season’s Grand Tours, the Vuelta a España, scheduled for August and September, is thought to be less at risk.

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