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

The decision has been made after discussion with race organisers ASO, as well as consultation with all the tourism agency’s local authority partners.

This sixth edition of the race had been due to take place between April 30 and May 3, 2020, but has been put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive James Mason said: “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.

“While 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.

“We all now look forward to putting all our energies into bringing the race back bigger and better than ever in 2022.”

l Picture: Sir Bradley Wiggins passes through Micklegate Bar in the 2015 edition of the race (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)