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Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Published at 11:45am 22nd December 2014. (Updated at 4:25pm 22nd December 2014)

There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.

The town has missed out on being a host destination for next year's inaugural Tour de Yorkshire.

Instead, Bridlington, Leeds, Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield and York will all host a stage start or finish of the new UCI-approved 2.1 race.

The race will be held on 1 to 3 May and organisers hope it will become a flagship cycling event in the UK.

Full route details are going to be revealed on 21 January, to mark 100 days until the race.

The Tour de Yorkshire is being organised by Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) and Welcome to Yorkshire, supported by British Cycling.

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France at A.S.O., said: "I am delighted we are returning to Yorkshire where we saw the grandest ever Grand Départ for the Tour de France.

"It is clear the people of Yorkshire are passionate about cycling and we can't wait to bring them this new race."

More than three million people turned out to see the Tour de France in Yorkshire and the economic impact has been put at well over £100 million.

Organisers say the new race will build on the hugely successful Grand Départ and is at the heart of Cycle Yorkshire, the legacy of the Tour de France.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "This is another huge milestone for Yorkshire as we position the county as the cycling heartland of Europe.

"This is the first ever Tour de Yorkshire, I am confident it will become a huge annual event and something that will raise Yorkshire’s profile year on year."

Gary Verity and Bob Howden

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, and Bob Howden, President of British Cycling

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