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L’Étape Australia event cancelled due to rain

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L’Étape Australia by Tour de France has made a reluctant call on Saturday's cycling event.

Due to the expected weather conditions, organisers have decided to cancel the event, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting bwtween 80 and 150mm on Saturday alone.

From the organiser's press release - 

Lateral Events have announced the cancellation of this weekend’s L’Étape Australia by Tour de France cycling event due to the inclement weather forecast across NSW.

The decision was made today following consultation with the relevant NSW Government Agencies and in agreement with Kiama Municipal Council, the Shoalhaven City Council and the Wingecarribee Shire Council,

Florent Malézieux, Head of Sport for Lateral Events said: “The safety of the participants, our staff and the local community is paramount to us. It appears very clear that it will be impossible to stage L’Étape Australia safely this weekend.

“Cancelling the only Tour de France event in Australia is a very difficult decision to make, but safety always comes first. I would like to thank all the NSW Government Agencies involved, and in particular the NSW Police Force and Transport for NSW, for their professional advice. I would also like to thank the Kiama Municipal Council, the Shoalhaven City Council and the Wingecarribee Shire Council for their support”.

Image Credit: L’Étape Australia by Tour de France Facebook