LONDON (AFP) — The Tour of Britain second stage was canceled Monday for safety reasons due to high winds in the north west of the country.
Many parts of Britain have been hit by blustery conditions and organizers, based on guidance from the police and Highways Agency, have had to scrap the stage from Kendal to Blackpool altogether.
Riders were participating in an exhibition lap around the Cumbrian town of Kendal before reconvening Tuesday for the third stage in Stoke-on-Trent.
“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 canceled, unfortunately,” a Tour spokesman told Press Association Sport.
“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 Tuesday.