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Disappointment for Haverhill as The Women's Tour is postponed due to coronavirus concerns

The Women's Tour, which was due to see the final leg start in Haverhill and end in Felixstowe on June 13, has been postponed.

In a statement issued a short while ago, the race organisers Sweetspot said: "Following consultation with stakeholders, sponsors and partners, organisers of the Women’s Tour have decided to postpone the upcoming seventh edition of the annual professional cycle race (June 8-13) due to the current international uncertainty surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

"The decision has been taken early in light of the worsening global situation, following discussions with event stakeholders and partners, in order to provide certainty to the many parties involved in the planning and organisation of the event, including local authorities, police and health services in the UK.

Action from Stage 1 of the 2019 OVO Energy Women's Tour of Britain from Beccles to Stowmarket
Action from Stage 1 of the 2019 OVO Energy Women's Tour of Britain from Beccles to Stowmarket

"As a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, the Women’s Tour attracts a significant international presence from teams, riders, officials, staff, media and spectators, and it is felt that the risk of increased restrictions on international travel would be detrimental to the future of the race should an early, and conclusive, decision not be made.

"Organisers hope to work with the UCI and British Cycling to find an alternative date in the international cycling calendar for the race to take place should conditions permit."

Cllr James Reeder, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, gave his reaction, saying: “Whilst it is disappointing to hear that the race won’t happen on the planned date, I can completely understand why this considered decision has been taken by the race organiser SweetSpot.

"The council fully supports their decision given the ever evolving situation with coronavirus in the UK at present. I fully understand the need to consider the health and safety of all communities, competitors and partners involved in a such well-attended public event.

“I look forward to working with the organisers when they are in a position to announce the new date.”