The Tour of California will not be held in 2020. AEG, the sports and live entertainment company that has run the Tour of California for the last 14 years, said the week-long stage race has been put on “haitus”.
No reason for the decision has been given, but AEG did express hope that the race can be re-launched for 2021.
Kristin Klein, the president of the Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports, said:
While professional cycling globally continues to grow and we are very proud of the work we have done to increase the relevance of professional cycling, particularly in the United States, it has become more challenging each year to mount the race.
This new reality has forced us to re-evaluate our options, and we are actively assessing every aspect of our event to determine if there is a business model that will allow us to successfully re-launch the race in 2021.
Chairman of USA Cycling, Bob Stapleton, said:
On behalf of USA Cycling, I would like to thank AEG, Kristin and her team for providing and outstanding showcase for the sport in America and for our American athletes.
We stand ready to help really additional support and resources in the hope of resuming this event in 2021.
Another big blow for US road racing. Bummer.