Is the Tour de France in a race for survival? That is the question uppermost in many fans’ minds after the latest doping scandals to hit the event. Having lost its leader, and its pre-race favourite, the Tour is once again in crisis. Calls are mounting for drastic action. “The tour musn’t disappear. But maybe it should be made shorter,” said one fan watching the latest stage. “It’s always existed, why stop it?” asked another. The Tour has been dogged by drugs-scandals for years and some French media are calling for it to be suspended for the sake of cycling. But the organiser of this year’s competition, Patrice Clerc, said that would be to hand victory to the cheats. While the debate rages in France, London, where the 2007 race began, said it would be happy to host a stage again in the future.
Tour de France crisis casts doubts over its future