Tour de France 2020

Tadej Pogacar seals Tour de France to become the youngest winner since 1904
Tadej Pogacar (on the right)
Tadej Pogacar (on the right) Credit: A.S.O./Alex Broadway

The Slovenian Tadej Pogacar won the 2020 Tour de France after he retained the overall leader's yellow jersey in the 21st stage won by Sam Bennett. The 21-year-old cyclist is the youngest man to win the race since Henri Cornet in 1904.

Pogacar, who will turn 22 on Monday, became the first to claim three of the event's simultaneous competitions in the same year: the yellow jersey for the general classification, the polka dot one as the race's top climber, and the white jersey awarded to the Tour's best young rider.

Tour de France director tests positive for Covid-19
Christian Prudhomme - 2012 Tour de France
Christian Prudhomme - 2012 Tour de France Credit: Josh Hallett from Winter Haven, FL, USA / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Christian Prudhomme, the director of the Tour de France, has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating in a hotel room for a week of quarantine.

All 165 cyclists have tested negative for Covid-19.

Tour de France: Julian Alaphilippe wins second stage
Julian Alaphilippe, Tour de France 2019
Julian Alaphilippe, Tour de France 2019 Credit: Malmont2012 (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

French rider Julian Alaphilippe has won the second stage of the Tour de France.

British rider Adam Yates came in second, Swiss rider Marc Hirschi in third.

Overall, Alaphilippe has a four-second lead over Yates, with Hirschi in third place three seconds further back ahead of Monday’s hilly Stage 3 from Nice to Sisteron.

No professional sports in France until September

No professional sport will be occurring in France until September. The 2019-2020 seasons for all domestic professional sports leagues, including professional soccer in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, will not be completed either in public or behind closed doors.

The Tour de France had been rescheduled by the International Cycling Union for August 29th to September 20th, 2020. The statement leaves a degree of uncertainty about the status of the Tour de France, which was not specifically mentioned by Edouard Philippe in ruling out sport before the start of September.