Tour de Yorkshire postponed due to coronavirus

Buttertubs during the the Tour de Yorkshire. Photo: Mick Garratt.

Organisers of the Tour de Yorkshrie have announced the event will be postponed.

Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) say they have made a joint decision to postpone both the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire and Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race.

The event was due to take place between April 30 and May 3, with Leyburn set to hold a stage finish and the riders due to pass through Wensleydale and Swaledale.

Organisers say the developing situation with regards to coronavirus means continuing with the event as planned “simply became untenable”.

They added that a key factor in the decision-making process was the consideration of the additional burden that such a large-scale event places on the emergency services and local authority partners.

Peter Box CBE, chair of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “The race is a great spectacle, but we all know that the health and well-being of everyone across the region, and the country, is frankly more important than a sporting event.

“Our attention now turns to supporting those tourism businesses across the region, many still reeling from the floods, during this unprecedented crisis.”

Welcome to Yorkshire, ASO and British Cycling sad they were working with the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) to find alternative dates in the international cycling calendar for the race to take place.

Welcome to Yorkshire said it understood the impact that postponing the race would have on the tourism industry across the region.

They added that the early decision gives them the opportunity to focus their efforts on how they could support businesses at this time and continue to promote the region as a destination to visit going forward.