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There will be no Tour of California in 2020

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Joe Robinson
30 Oct 2019

The USA's only WorldTour race will be put on hiatus for next season

Race organisers have announced that the USA's biggest cycling race, the Tour of California, will not run in 2020. AEG Sports confirmed that the men's and women's WorldTour races would be put on hiatus for next season due to mounting financial challenges, but hope to relaunch in 2022 under a new business model.

In a statement, president of the Tour of California Kristin Klein said: 'This has been a very difficult decision to make, but the business fundamentals of the Amgen Tour of California have changed since we launched the race 14 years ago.

'While professional cycling globally continues to grow and we are very proud of the work we have done to increase the relevance of professional cycling, particularly in the United States, it has become more challenging each year to mount the race.

'This new reality has forced us to re-evaluate our options, and we are actively assessing every aspect of our event to determine if there is a business model that will allow us to successfully relaunch the race in 2021.'

California's one-week stage race debuted in 2006 in its original date of February before moving in the calendar to May from 2010. Despite clashing with the Giro d'Italia it has never failed to attract some of the sport's biggest names.

Peter Sagan and Anna van der Breggen have been regular fixtures while Tour de France champions Sir Bradley Wiggins and Andy Schleck, along with America's top riders, have been in attendance too.

The enforced hiatus will now mean that the USA will not have a WorldTour event for 2020.

Klein continued to thank ASO for its assistance in running the race after it came on board in 2009 to help stem financial burdens and those involved in the race's organisation for the past 13 years.

'I would like to sincerely thank the teams, the cyclists, sponsors, volunteers, elected officials, host cities and all of the fans that helped make the Amgen Tour of California :America’s Greatest Race",' Klein said.

'Most of all, I would like to recognise the hard work and dedication of my team who have tirelessly worked alongside me, each and every year, to develop the renowned event. I also would like to thank our governing body, USA Cycling, UCI and Amaury Sport Organisation for their continued support.'

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