It is premature to decide whether the Tour de France can go ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic, France's sports minister has suggested. 

Following the postponement of Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Tour de France - due to take place in June and July - is one of the last major global sporting events that has not yet been cancelled.

"The Tour is a sports monument. It is too soon to decide. There is a time for everything. For now, we have a more urgent battle to fight. Let us focus on this mountain in front of us and then consider what's next," French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu wrote on Twitter.

Late on Wednesday, radio station France Bleu quoted her as saying that France may consider organising the Tour without spectators, in order to minimise the risk of infection.

"In this period of confinement, everyone is aware and responsible," she told France Bleu.

"Everyone understood the benefits of staying at home and therefore favouring the television show rather than the live show."

The Giro d'Italia, which was due to take place in May, has been postponed, but no decision has been taken as yet on the Vuelta a Espana, scheduled to start on 14 August.