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Australian cycling's upcoming summer calendar has taken another hit, with the Herald Sun Tour also cancelling.
The sport is also mourning the loss of long-time coach Heiko Salzwedel, who had a massive impact on Australian cycling.
The 64-year-old died in a Berlin hospital after a short illness.
The Herald Sun Tour confirmation comes a day after the Santos Tour Down Under and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road race put their events on hold because of COVID-19.
Like those two events, it will be the second year in a row that the Herald Sun Tour has had to cancel.
The men's and women's Herald Sun Tour were due to be raced in February.
Health and safety requirements and strict international border restrictions forced the hand of the Victorian event, Australian cycling's oldest stage race.
"The unpredictability that COVID-19 brings to our event presents too many challenges for us to proceed next year," Herald Sun Tour chairman Tom Salom said.
"In particular, the quarantine restrictions that come with COVID made it very difficult to attract the best international riders."
AusCycling confirmed on Thursday that the road nationals in Ballarat will go ahead as planned, from January 12-16.
Meanwhile, Australian cycling greats such as Pat Jonker and Kathy Watt have paid tribute to Salzwedel.
He came to Australia from East Germany in the early 1990s and was the driving force behind the creation of a professional road team that would be crucial to the careers of riders such as Robbie McEwen.
Jonker, who finished 12th at the 1996 Tour de France, said Salzwedel created a pathway for himself and many other riders.
Watt, the 1992 Olympic road race gold medallist, said the German was a major backer of women's road cycling.
"He was a person with great strength of character and good humour who fully supported the athletes he worked with," Watt said.
But Salzwedel was also a maverick figure and he had a falling out with the national federation in the late '90s.
He returned to Europe and worked with the British, Danish and Russian national programs.