Tour of Scandinavia Cancelled Due to Financial Shortfall

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig Tour of Scandinava 2022 Stage 5 Kenneth Asbjørnsen-Eventfotografene

The Tour of Scandinavia, a staple in the Women’s WorldTour cycling calendar, will not take place in 2024 due to unresolved financial issues. Originally scheduled for August 29 to September 1, the organisers have struggled to secure the necessary funds to proceed, citing a significant shortfall.

A shortfall of approximately 3 million Norwegian kroner (around €250,000) has led to the cancellation, with organisers expressing regret over the decision. “Despite intensive efforts in recent weeks to find a solution and secure enough financial resources to conduct the race, we have not been able to secure the foundational support we had hoped for,” stated the organisers in a press release.

The event, which has been a highlight for cycling enthusiasts and has seen top cyclists like Annemiek Van Vleuten grace its routes, is now looking to 2025 for a comeback. Organisers have already applied for a WorldTour licence for next year and are actively working on securing robust, long-term financial strategies through strategic partnerships.

Organisational spokespeople shared their forward-looking plans: “We are actively designing next year’s route, with just a few pieces left to place. We’re also laying down a robust, long-term financial model through strategic partnerships.”

Despite this year’s setback, the organisers remain optimistic about restructuring and strengthening the event to ensure its sustainability at the WorldTour level for 2025 and beyond.

Last year’s race was won by Annemiek van Vleuten.

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