Tour Down Under 2021 cancelled due to COVID-19

Australia's Tour Down Under scheduled to take place in January 2021, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic causing logistical problems, organisers said on Sunday.

Traditionally the Tour Down Under is the first World Tour race on the cycling calendar. The race was due to take place in Adelaide from Jan. 14-24 but the country's quarantine measures proved to be a major hurdle in bringing teams to Australia.

"With over 400 people that make up the international teams, that proved to be the most difficult to overcome," Events South Australia's executive director Hitaf Rasheed said in a statement.

"The complexities and risks involved with quarantining and international border closures have ultimately proved too much to ask of some of the teams, who have endured a stressful, challenging and compressed 2020 season that will run later than normal."

Rasheed added that they would be hosting a domestic cycling festival instead.

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, one-day races for both men and women which were scheduled to be held at the end of January, will not be staged either.