Tour of Britain stage cancelled


Tour of Britain

Poor weather conditions have led to Monday’s stage being cancelled

The second stage of the Tour of Britain has been cancelled because of high winds in the north-west of England.

Organisers said the poor weather meant they were left with little choice but to axe Monday’s Kendal to Blackpool leg for rider safety.

The cyclists will perform an exhibition lap of Kendal before heading to Stoke for the third stage on Tuesday.

British rider Mark Cavendish won the first stage on Sunday after a sprint finish in Dumfries.

Debris on the tarmac in the mountain stretches is believed to be the main cause for the cancellation of the stage, despite Kendal being largely unaffected.

Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas tweeted: “Disappointed but safety is the main issue guys. Got to respect the police decision. Not worth breaking ourselves.”

Alastair Grant, the tour’s commercial director, said: “We’ve had to take the decision based on the advice we’ve had from the police and Highways that it is unsafe to run today’s stage so it is being cancelled.

“We’re going to do a lap around Kendal with the riders because Kendal is the least affected part of the route. There are thousands of people here in Kendal and we want to give them something to see.

“The high points of the stage and particularly Blackpool on the sea front is unsafe, unfortunately.”

Conditions are forecast to be significantly better on Tuesday.

Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/14879182.stm

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