As with most events this year, the 2020 Tour de France, unfortunately, had to be postponed. The three-week event was initially scheduled for 27 June to 19 July, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the dates had to be pushed back a month.
Keeping with the same route, the 107th edition of the Tour will instead commence in Nice on 29 August 2020 and finish in Paris on 20 September. It’s the first time since World War II that the dates of the Tour de France have been changed, and where spectators will be limited due to COVID-19 regulations restricting travel.
While Australians will still be able to watch all the cycling action from down under, the prospect of being in France for this year’s Tour is sadly impossible. As a result, many cycling enthusiasts have got their sights set on attending the 2021 race.
To help turn this wish into reality, Atout France, the French tourism agency, will be giving away a trip to the Tour de France in 2021. The winner will receive the trip of a lifetime for two to Paris, including flights and accommodation, and a coveted spot at the final stage of the race on the Champs-Élysées.
The Tour de France is the world’s biggest annual sporting event, and an average of four million Australian viewers tune in to watch it each year – a level of popularity that isn’t lost on the organisers of the event.
In a personalised message to Australia, Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France director, said, “I am staggered by the tremendous impact of the Tour in Australia, which reflects the Aussie passion for sports and for France. We miss you!”
Travel in 2021
France re-opened its borders on 1 July and, while the future of international travel is still uncertain for Australians, there’s optimism this will resume in 2021, and hopefully in time for Europe’s summer season.
The country has always been a popular destination for Australians, in fact, it’s been recorded that one million Aussies head to France every year. And after being one of Europe’s most hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus, it’s no surprise to see France wanting to entice travellers back in 2021.
According to research by the Lowy Institute, it might not be too hard to entice Australians to travel again after a study found that 65 per cent of Australians are as likely or more likely to travel overseas as they were before the pandemic.
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