TOUR de Yorkshire will not return to Barnsley this year as the event is postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

The cycling event was due to start on April 30 this year but was forced to cancel during the pandemic.

The race would see cyclists set off from Barnsley Town Hall on May 2.

The Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation announced their decision this week but are keen for the event to return in 2022.

James Mason, Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive said: “During these uncertain times Welcome to Yorkshire need to focus on the immediate needs of the industry without committing both financial and human resources towards any activity or event that we cannot be certain of.

“Cycling has become synonymous with Yorkshire and the Tour de Yorkshire has become a firm fixture on the world cycling calendar due to the reception the riders and teams receive in our county.

“Whilst it is very disappointing that we will be bereft of this wonderful race for another year the decision we have made is the right one and perhaps the only one we could make.

“The uncertainty in front of us meant it was impossible to plan or commit the resource that the race needs.”