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2021 Tour de France moved forward to avoid Tokyo Olympics clash

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The start of next year's Tour de France has been brought forward by a week to avoid clashing with the men's road race at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said.

The 2021 Tour will begin on June 26 and end on July 18, six days before the start of the Mount Fuji road race. It was originally scheduled to begin on July 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Tokyo Games were scheduled to take place from July 24-Aug 9 this year but have been postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"With the Tokyo Olympic Games being held from July 23 to Aug 8 2021, the dates of several events have been adapted," the UCI said in a statement unveiling its calendar for the season.

"It is of note that to avoid an overlapping of the Olympic road cycling races (July 24, 25 and 28) with the Tour de France (initially envisaged for July 2-25), the French stage race will finish on July 18, the weekend before the first weekend of the Olympics."

The UCI also said the Tour of California and the RideLondon-Surrey Classic would not be a part of its new calendar, which consists of 35 events.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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Its kind of cute that one event which is likely going to be cancelled is going to some effort to avoid conflicting with another event that is likely going to be cancelled.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Well, I think Tour de France should be Tour around the France not tour around the world. What Mount Fiji has to do with race?

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Well, I think Tour de France should be Tour around the France not tour around the world. What Mount Fiji has to do with race?

The reference to the Mount Fujii race was a reference to the Olympic event, not the Tour de France.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Tour de France is not interesting anymore.

Too many drivers take doping.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Well, I think Tour de France should be Tour around the France not tour around the world. What Mount Fiji has to do with race?

You just didn't write this... don't you.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The original dates of the TdF this year were also moved forward. It normally starts in July, not June. The course for the 2020 Olympics is super hilly, so a climber will win. Maybe someone who isn't racing the TdF and is instead targeting the Giro or Vuelta.

You can see footage of the road race in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in the famous Kon Ichikawa film you can see here. The road race part starts at 1hr28m. It was on a flatter course, hence the bunch sprint finish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHt0eAdCCns

The whole movie has classic cinematography and is well worth watching.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Tour de France is not interesting anymore.

Too many drivers take doping.

Many are watching for the landscapes :)

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Maybe they should insist that all riders dope, then it would be on a level playing field. Joking. I used to really look forward to The Tour. My friends and I would meet up at a Parisian bakery in Portland at the crack of dawn and eat fresh warm crispy croissants and watch the tour.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Both of these events will run for sure next year safely without a doubt

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