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Tour de Yorkshire cancelled for 2021

Joe Robinson
11 Nov 2020

Race will not return until 2022 due to continuing uncertainty surrounding Covid crisis

The Tour de Yorkshire will not take place in 2021 with the race's organiser having decided to postpone its return until 2022.

'Unfortunately, the 2021 Tour de Yorkshire will be postponed until 2022,' a short message on the race's Twitter page reads.

'It was a difficult decision to make but given the developing Covid-19 situation, @welcome2yorks and @amaurysport will instead focus on bringing the #TDY race back bigger and better than ever in 2022.'

The short men's and women's stage race was among a raft of events to be cancelled in 2020 from its original May dates due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

When racing returned in late July, both Tour of Yorkshire races were unable to be rearranged due to limited space within the rescheduled racing calendar and restricting guidelines within the UK.

In a wider press release, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire James Mason explained that uncertainty surrounding events in 2021 made planning for next year's race implausible.

'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,' said Mason.

'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 ASO, organiser of the race, supported Welcome to Yorkshire's decision with director general Yann Le Moenner stating that it was 'totally associated with this joint decision' and that it would collectively do its best to 're-launch the event in 2022'.