One of the UK’s biggest sporting events, the Tour de Yorkshire has been postponed until 2022, organisers have confirmed.
As part of the fight against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19), Welcome to Yorkshire, and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) previously made the joint decision to postpone this years event until 2021. However, after a detailed consultation, and the continued uncertainty caused by the ongoing pandemic the event has been postponed further until 2022.
The sixth edition of the annual cycle race was scheduled to take place between 30th April and 3rd May 2020. But the developing situation with regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) meant continuing with the event as planned simply became untenable. Redcar was due to host the finish of the first stage of the prestigious cycle race.
The event is one of the best-supported races in the cycling calendar, but the safety of everyone involved from the athletes to the spectators is the number one priority.
Welcome to Yorkshire’s Chief Executive James Mason said: “During these uncertain times Welcome to Yorkshire need to focus on the immediate needs of the industry without committing both financial and human resources towards any activity or event that we cannot be certain of.
“Cycling has become synonymous with Yorkshire, and the Tour de Yorkshire has become a firm fixture on the world cycling calendar due to the reception the riders and teams receive in our county.
“Whilst it is very disappointing that we will be bereft of this wonderful race for another year the decision we have made is the right one and perhaps the only one we could make.
“The uncertainty in front of us meant it was impossible to plan or commit the resource that the race needs.”
He added: “This has been a mutual decision made by Welcome to Yorkshire and the ASO, and we will all now look forward to putting all our energies into bringing the race back bigger and better than ever in 2022.”
Further information about Tour De Yorkshire 2022 will be announced as it becomes available. In the meantime, keep cycling!
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