L’Étape Australia postponement
L’Étape Australia by Tour de France organisers have announced today the postponement of the fifth edition of the event from 27-28 November 2020 to 19-20 March 2021.
The current escalation of the COVID-19 situation in Australia and ongoing restrictions on public gatherings to limit the spread of the virus has led organisers to postpone L’Étape Australia by Tour de France. The restrictions are there to protect riders, supporters and the local community, which is of paramount importance to all of us.
In consultation with key stakeholders including the NSW Government, the decision has been made to postpone the fifth edition of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France to Friday 19 and Saturday 20 March 2021.
The event location, the routes and timings are intended to remain the same. Riders already registered for the event are automatically transferred to the new date and don’t need to take any further action. Riders unavailable at the new date can request transfer their registration to L’Étape Australia in December 2021 or November 2022, or a refund via the online form available on the event website.
Florent Malézieux, L’Étape Australia Race Director, says: “It is never an easy decision to make to postpone an event, but safety has always been paramount to us. As event organisers, we are also community members and we would like to thank all the front-line workers and the Government agencies who are working tirelessly to bring the pandemic under control. We are looking forward to bringing a taste of the Tour de France to Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands on 19-20 March 2021”.
L’Étape Australia by Tour de France is the only Tour de France event in Australia and provides amateur riders with the closest experience to riding in the Tour de France an amateur cyclist can get. The event also generates a significant economic boost for its host regions, and riders are invited to visit Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands on an individual basis to support local businesses in their recovery from the bushfires and the Covid-19 crisis.
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