THIS year’s Tour de Yorkshire cycle race has been postponed in a bid to protect athletes and spectators from coronavirus.

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

The prestigious cycling race, which features some of the world’s best racers, has been running since 2015 and the sixth event was due to take place between April 30 and May 3.

In a statement issued by Welcome to Yorkshire, it said 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, at a time when their priorities are rightly elsewhere.’

Peter Box CBE, chairman 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.”