First 2021 Pro race the Vuelta a San Juan cancelled due to Coronavirus
The Argentinian stage race was scheduled to take place from January 24-31
A number of WorldTour teams had planned to start their seasons in San Juan, Chris Froome was also due to make his debut in Israel Start-Up Nation colours. Froome will now likely have to wait until the start of the Volta ao Algarve on February 17 to begin his season.
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) were also due to take part.
Last year’s race was won by Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Remco Evenepoel, the first of a string of stage race victories for the Belgian in 2020.
The Saudi Tour is the next big stage race still scheduled to run on February 2.
The Vuelta a San Juan has been growing in prestige in recent seasons as WorldTour teams have kickstarted their seasons in South America.
Professional cycling's calendar was hard hit in 2020 by the coronavirus but authorities still managed to put on all three Grand Tours.
Already this year, though, the Australian-based Tour Down Under, Herald Sun Tour and Great Ocean Race have been cancelled.
San Juan governor Sergio Unac said: “We have made a decision to cancel the 39th and 4th International editions of the Vuelta a San Juan. San Juan will continue to work with the same passion and spirit for the growth of the sport and this Argentine classic that will seek in the coming years to maintain its international character in which the world's cyclists will continue to shine in our land, when this health situation has been overcome."
Organizers stated "We reiterate our thanks to the prestigious brands and sponsors that year after year support the Vuelta a San Juan. So too, all the teams and athletes who make the province proud of its presence. No situation can undermine sanjuanine's passion for cycling.