Organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire have announced that the 2022 event will not go-ahead.
In a joint statement issued this evening, Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) say that after lengthy discussions “over many months” it has been decided by mutual consent that next year’s event will not take place.
Organisers have blamed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, combined with “escalating financial challenges and uncertainties” for the decision that the event would be unviable in 2022.
The statement said: “Last year, planning for the 2020 race was in the final stages with all the host towns and cities having detailed plans in place.
“However, due to the pandemic the race was postponed in late March 2020.
“Following discussions with ASO and an assessment of the impact of lockdown and the likelihood of being able to hold the race, the 2021 race was also postponed.
“During this subsequent period Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO have continued to discuss bringing the race back to Yorkshire as soon as it was to be deemed safe and viable to do so.”
Welcome to Yorkshire said it would like to acknowledge the “incredibly important and much appreciated ongoing support from their local authority partners” , as well as the support of the Mayor of South Yorkshire, Dan Jarvis, and the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, together with A.S.O. and British Cycling.
The statement added: “Welcome to Yorkshire’s partnership with A.S.O. to bring world-class cycling to Yorkshire has been hugely successful and incredibly beneficial to the county.
“Welcome to Yorkshire can confirm that their ambition to continue hosting international events is as strong as ever and this is the beginning of a whole new positive plan to showcase Yorkshire globally through dedicating time to varied and exciting opportunities.
“Many events are back and following the success of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York Racecourse in August, there are lots more in the near future to look forward to in the county, including the Scarborough Cricket Festival 5th-8th September, then the Welcome to Yorkshire Ian Woosnam Senior Invitational at Ilkley Golf Club on the 16th and 17th September, with lots more on the Yorkshire calendar and further event announcements pending.”