— Published 1 October 2021

Tour Down Under removed from the calendar

History is repeating itself in Australia. For the second year in a row, the Tour Down Under has been removed from the calendar. The opening event of the 2022 cycling season, which was part of the men’s WorldTour and the women’s UCI ProTour, has been cancelled by the organisers because of the sanitary crisis and the very strict constraints imposed by the Australian authorities. As the organising committee explained on Thursday, September 30th, the closure of international borders and quarantine requirements made it too difficult, if not almost impossible, to keep the event on the calendar. “We have explored all options, but unfortunately the border closures and quarantine requirements for over 400 people have proved too difficult to overcome,” admitted Hitaf Rasheed, the executive director of the company in charge of organising the Tour Down Under, Events South Australia. Local riders will still be able to comfort themselves with the Santos Festival of Cycling, an Australians-only event, still scheduled for January 21-29th, 2022, after the success of its 2021 edition.