THE Tour de Yorkshire will not take place next year, it has been announced.

Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) have confirmed that the 2021 event will now be postponed until 2022.

This year's race was due to take place between April 30 and May 3, but the Covid-19 pandemic meant the event, which has often featured well-known routes in the Bradford district, became untenable.

As the ongoing situation surrounding the virus remains unclear, Welcome to Yorkshire said it was impossible to plan or commit resources to the 2021 event.

James Mason, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said the organisation needs 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".

He added: "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, the Director General of ASO, added: “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.”

The Tour de Yorkshire began after the success of the 2014 Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire, which attracted four million roadside spectators.