The Women’s Tour is the latest event to be impacted by the coronavirus as organisers announce it has been postponed.
The organisers of the multi-stage cycling event, which was won last year by British cyclist Lizzie Deignan, hope to rearrange the race for later in the year. It was due to take place in June.
In a statement, they wrote: “Following consultation with stakeholders, sponsors and partners, organisers of the Women’s Tour have decided to postpone the upcoming seventh edition of the annual professional cycle race due to the current international uncertainty surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“The decision has been taken early in light of the worsening global situation, following discussions with event stakeholders and partners, in order to provide certainty to the many parties involved in the planning and organisation of the event, including local authorities, police and health services in the UK.
“As a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, the Women’s Tour attracts a significant international presence from teams, riders, officials, staff, media and spectators, and it is felt that the risk of increased restrictions on international travel would be detrimental to the future of the race should an early, and conclusive, decision not be made.”
The Tour Series has also been postponed for the same reasons. The event would have seen cyclists race around circuits in different UK cities in May.
The sporting calendar is being increasingly impacted as more and more events are cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. The announcement follows hot on the heels of the postponement of the FA Women’s Super League until April.
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