2021 Tour de France moved forward to avoid Tokyo Olympics clash

  • Cycling
  • Wednesday, 29 Jul 2020

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France - The 128-km Stage 21 from Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Elysees - July 28, 2019 - Deceuninck-Quick Step riders Dries Devenyns of Belgium and Kasper Asgreen of Denmark and Lotto Soudal rider Jens Keukeleire of Belgium in the peloton. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

(Reuters) - 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) has 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.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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