The Hammer Series will not be held in Limburg in 2020. The organization of the cycling race announced this on Friday in a statement.
The organizers cite the changes in the calendar as the reason for the decision. The Hammer Series are traditionally held in June, but due to the presence of the Tokyo Olympic Games, the dates of the Giro d'Italia and the Critérium du Dauphiné overlap with those of the Hammer Series.
"Different options were considered when finding a new date that is feasible for all parties, but unfortunately it was not possible to find suitable alternatives in 2020," the organization writes.
The Hammer Series are a relatively new event that started in 2017 as a test. During the season a climbing race, sprint stage and team pursuit will be held at three locations. The other locations were Stavanger (Norway) and Hong Kong.
The organization of the Hammer Series is organizing a youth competition in 2020, in which talented riders from the Netherlands and the rest of Europe will compete. The intention is to have the professional competition return to the calendar in 2021.
Jumbo-Visma won the Hammer Series this year. The Dutch formation triumphed in the climbing competition in Stavanger and limited the damage in Limburg. Due to political unrest, the last course in Hong Kong was canceled. The organization then proclaimed Jumbo-Visma as the overall winner.
See also: The cycling calendar of 2020