The Women's Tour becomes the latest event to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will now next take place in June 2021.
The multi-stage cycle race is one of the leading events in the women's cycling calendar and although the seventh edition was planned to be moved to a later date in 2020, organisers have now opted to postpone for a year.
The stages of the race will remain as planned, with the Women's Tour starting in Bicester and finishing with the sixth stage in Suffolk between Haverhill and Felixstowe.
Organisers are looking to schedule the event for Monday 7 until Saturday 12 June 2021, subject to UCI approval.
Regarding the decision to postpone the race, Hugh Roberts of SweetSpot Group who organise the Women's Tour said in a statement: "Following discussions with stakeholders and sponsors, as well as British Cycling and the UCI, we have decided to work towards June 2021 for the next edition of the Women’s Tour, and will not seek to re-arrange the race later in 2020.
“We recognise the unprecedented nature of the current global situation and the challenges for the UCI calendar and so wanted to take an early decision not to look for an alternative 2020 date.
“With the extra time now available we look forward to making next year’s Women’s Tour even bigger and better than before and a fantastic celebration of cycling and Britain.
“We are now working with partners on our plans for the Women’s Tour to be live-streamed for the first time in 2021 and are also exploring opportunities to bring the race closer to our fans than ever before in these challenging times, such as the opportunity to race and ride past stages on their home trainer.”
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