Tour organisers frustrated
Organisers of the Tour of Britain have reacted with frustration after the race did not receive the expected promotion in status.
The 10th edition of the Tour of Britain - organised by SweetSpot and director Mick Bennett - was won last Sunday by Sir Bradley Wiggins and saw Mark Cavendish claim three stage wins while attracting more than one million spectators to the road side during eight days of racing.
It was hoped the third tier - or 2.1 category - race would be promoted to 2.HC (hors categorie) status - the second division behind the World Tour.
But this week the International Cycling Union calendar for 2014 was published and the race remained at 2.1 level, without organisers receiving correspondence from the world governing body or British Cycling, who made the request for promotion on their behalf.
Some similar one-week races were promoted.
A statement read: "SweetSpot Group, the organisers and promoters of The Tour of Britain, are disappointed to learn that Britain's national Tour has not been granted an upgrade to 2.HC status for 2014.
"Thus far an adequate explanation for the decision or clarification on the criteria for an upgrade to HC status has not been provided.
"SweetSpot firmly believe that after a decade of continued growth and development, and with global live television coverage for the past two years, The Tour of Britain deserves to be elevated to HC status for 2014.
"Under 2.HC status The Tour of Britain would be afforded more UCI points and an increased prize fund, while also allowing for a greater percentage of the field to be drawn from the UCI Pro Team division."
British-registered teams and a Great Britain team would still be permitted to take part at 2.HC level.
The 2014 Tour of Britain is scheduled to take place between September 7 and 14.