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Women's Tour 2021 postponed

Will Strickson
16 Feb 2021

The organiser is hoping the race, last won by Lizzie Deignan in 2019, will be approved to take place in October

The Women's Tour 2021 has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic with the race's organiser hopeful that provisional dates of 4th to 9th October will be approved by the UCI.

The race, last won by Lizzie Deignan in 2019, is due to start at Bicester, Oxfordshire and finish in Suffolk and will have live TV coverage for the first time on Eurosport.

Race director Mick Bennett said: 'We are obviously disappointed to be postponing the Women's Tour from June but hope that by aiming to stage the race in October we can give the teams and public something to look forward to at the tail end of the summer.'

Jonathan Day, head of sport and major events at British Cycling, said: 'We know just how important the Women's Tour is for our teams and riders, and it's been fantastic to see the race go from strength to strength over recent years, becoming a mainstay of the British sporting calendar.

'We are working closely with SweetSpot and the UCI to confirm the proposed date change and look forward to welcoming the world's best riders to the opening stage in Oxfordshire later this year.'

The decision has been supported by Suffolk County Council, with councillor Letitia Smith, cabinet member for Communities, Tourism and Leisure saying: 'We completely support the decision to postpone the Women's Tour until later in the year. This continues to be a challenging time, and it goes without saying that the health and wellbeing of participants, spectators and - of course - people in general remains the number one priority.

'This will give us something to look forward to, and no doubt all our local communities and businesses will be as supportive and celebratory as ever, if not more.'

For more information on The Women's Tour visit womenstour.co.uk