‘Extreme weather’ sees first stage of Women’s Tour of Scotland cancelled midway through

The sodden Women's Tour peloton

The first stage of the inaugural event was abandoned after heavy rain

The first stage of the maiden Women’s Tour of Scotland was abandoned because of “extreme weather conditions”.

The decision was taken two hours into the race following heavy rain on the Dundee to Dunfermline route.

Stage two is due to commence on Saturday, with the 16 teams riding from Glasgow to Perth, while the event concludes in Edinburgh on Sunday.

A statement from the organisers said the course was no longer safe, with “heavy sections of standing water”.

“Due to extreme weather conditions we have taken the unfortunate decision – together with Police Scotland and the other relevant authorities – to abandon today’s stage,” it continued.

“Rider safety is paramount and conditions were no longer safe to continue.”

Sprint classifications and Queen of the Mountains points winners will still be presented in Dunfermline.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/49294390

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