The Tour of Britain has been cancelled, following Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing on Thursday.
Originally one of a number of suspensions across all sports as the country mourns the death of the longest-reigning Monarch in British history, later on Thursday evening the Tour was cancelled altogether.
A statement read: "Further to the earlier statement in relation to the cancellation of stage six as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, the organisers of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain can additionally confirm that stages seven (Dorset) and eight (Isle of Wight) will not take place.
Tour of Britain
Meeus wins chaotic sprint on Stage 5 after half of peloton goes down wrong road
08/09/2022 AT 18:59
"This decision has been taken in consultation with stakeholders and partners in light of operational circumstances, including the understandable reassignment of police resource at this time.
"Therefore, the final standings will be taken following the conclusion of stage five on Thursday 8 September. The winner of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain 2022 will be Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar Team).
"Additionally, the respective classification leaders – Tom Pidcock (Dodl by AJ Bell points), Mathijs Paasschens (ŠKODA King of the Mountains) and Matthew Teggart (Sportsbreaks.com sprints) – will also be declared the winners of those competitions.
"The Tour of Britain organisation, alongside the teams, riders and officials involved in the event, send their deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time."
As confirmed in the statement, Movistar Team rider Gonzalo Serrano was awarded the winner of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain 2022. He led after the fifth stage by four seconds, with Britain's Tom Pidcock in second.
Classification leaders Pidcock, Mathijs Paasschens, and Matthew Teggart have been declared winners of their respective competitions.
Van Aert outlines 2023 plans, wants to claim a 'big fish' in classics
24/11/2022 AT 14:26
Highlights of exciting Tour de Taiwan 2022 with five stunning stages
23/11/2022 AT 13:48