2021 Tour de Yorkshire cancelled, organisers announce

The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire celebrations in Richmond. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire have announced the cancellation of the event in 2021 – but with plans for a ‘bigger and better’ race in 2022.

Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) say they have made the decision after discussions between race organisers and local authority partners.

This sixth edition of the race had been due to take place between April 30 and May 3, but officials say the developing situation with COVID-19 meant the event became untenable.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive James Mason said: “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.

“Cycling has become synonymous with Yorkshire and the Tour de Yorkshire has become a firm fixture on the world cycling calendar due to the reception the riders and teams receive in our county.

“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 uncertainty in front of us meant it was impossible to plan or commit the resource that the race needs. This has been a mutual decision made by Welcome to Yorkshire and the ASO and we will all now look forward to putting all our energies into bringing the race back bigger and better than ever in 2022.”

Yann Le Moenner, director general of ASO, said: “We fully understand Welcome to Yorkshire’s position and are totally associated with this joint decision.

“We have worked a lot together since the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014 to put the Tour de Yorkshire at the top of the international cycling calendar.

“This work is obviously not wasted and we will collectively do our best to relaunch the event in 2022 and give the chance to the world’s best riders to be on the Yorkshire roads in front of one of the most enthusiastic audiences the cycling world has ever seen.”