Tour of Britain scraps 2020 edition and maintains same route for 2021
May 14 2020 11:32 pm CET

Tour of Britain scraps 2020 edition and maintains same route for 2021
Tour of Britain scraps 2020 edition and maintains same route for 2021
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The Tour of Britain has scrapped its plans for the 2020 edition of the race and will return in 2021.

The organisers of the British race have decided to postpone the next edition of the race -which was set to take place between the sixth and the 13th of September- after consulting with British Cycling, regional stakeholders, sponsors and partners of the race.

The 2021 Tour of Britain will maintain the same route planned for 2020, featuring a first ever visit to Cornwall and an overall finish in the city of Aberdeen. This decision was made after seeing the situation in the United Kingdom due to the coronavirus pandemic and the impossibility of maintaining social distancing in such conditions and without a vaccine available.

"We pride ourselves on the Tour of Britain being the biggest and most prestigious cycle race in the UK, attracting over 1.5 million spectators to the roadside and inspiring many thousands of people of all ages to get on their bikes and to cycle more," said the organisation of the race through a statement.

"Holding the Tour of Britain behind closed doors or with extensive social distancing rules would not only be immensely impractical, but would rob our venues and spectators of these opportunities and go against everything that cycling, as a free-to-spectate and accessible event, stands for.

"By moving this year’s planned route to September 2021 our venues and partners will be able to enjoy a full 12-month build up to the race and once conditions allow we look forward to engaging communities across all eight stages, from Penzance to Aberdeen, which we are sure will make the 2021 Tour of Britain a wonderful occasion for all and part of our continued pledge to make Britain a great cycling nation."
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