Virus forces cancellation of 2020 Great Britain Women's tour

LONDON: this year's edition of cycling 's Women 's Tour of Britain has been canceled due to coronavirus organizers announced Monday.

The stage race, the first race in 2014, took place from June 8 to 13 and was initially postponed in March after the outbreak of the pandemic.

But SweetSpot organizers have now decided that it can't run this year and instead asked International Cycling Union (UCI), world cycling 's governing body, for permission to stage next year 's edition from June 7-12, 2021.

After discussions with stakeholders and sponsors, as well as British cycling and the UCI, we have decided to work towards June 2021 for the next edition of the Women 's Tour, and will not seek to re-arrange the race later in 2020, SweetSpot Group chairman Hugh roberts he told the BBC.

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We acknowledge the unprecedented nature of the current global situation and the challenges for the UCI calendar, and therefore wanted to make an early decision not to seek an alternative date for 2020.

The UCI will release a revised racing schedule for this season on Tuesday before announcing dates for next year in the coming months.

Britain 's Lizzie Deignan became the first cyclist to win the Women 's Tour twice when she won the 2019 edition.