Bardet: It will be a 'great sign' if Tour goes ahead

Bardet: It will be a 'great sign' if Tour goes ahead

25/03/2020 at 09:36Updated 26/03/2020 at 11:35

Romain Bardet hopes the Tour de France can be held this summer, saying it would be a “great sign” if it goes ahead.

The Giro d’Italia has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and it seems likely that the Tour – scheduled to start on June 27 – will be affected too.

And Bardet, who was planning to ride the Giro and then target the Olympics instead of the Tour, told L’Equipe: “It seems to me that it might be less utopian, if the pandemic has been controlled by then in France, to organise the Tour de France.

“We're all going through difficult times, but it would be a great sign if the Tour could be held in July. It would mean that the health situation had improved, and that we were on the right track… But it's probably too early to say whether that's possible.”

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"I didn't know how anyone was going to be able to take part in the Olympics while there was still so much uncertainty and the world was in the state it's in," he added.

"It would be selfish of me to only be concerned by the sporting aspect of everything that's happening.

“Instead, I'm trying to look at things as a citizen of the world, as this situation is so catastrophic. It's difficult to look at the world through the eyes of a sportsman anymore.

“I've lost the thread of my season a little, especially as we don't know when we're going to race again. Everyone's thinking beyond sport now."