PARIS (AFP) — The Tour of the Mediterranean, initially scheduled for February 12-15, will not take place due to an ongoing financial dispute with the French National Cycling League (LNC).
The French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) convened on Wednesday to try to reach an agreement, but it could not, and the race has been cancelled for 2015. The issue stems from unpaid prize money due from last season’s race. If it is paid by June the race may be able to return in 2016
“The race, however, may take place next year if the situation is resolved by June for inclusion on the calendar,” said LNC president Marc Madiot.
Created in 1974 by former Tour de France winner Lucien Aimar, the Tour of the Mediterranean occupies a strategic position in the calendar of events organized early season in the south of France, between the Etoile de Bessèges and Tour du Haut-Var.
Last year’s race was won by Briton Stephen Cummings, who now rides for MTN-Qhubeka.