MP calls for four-day Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire

Published at 8:17am 8th December 2015. (Updated at 3:50pm 8th December 2015)

Calls have been made in Parliament to extend the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.

This year's full race route will be unveiled in Otley tomorrow and the town's MP Greg Mulholland has urged ministers to consider extending the race from a three to a four-day event.

He said: "Welcome to Yorkshire have shown what a boost a successful cycling tournament can be for the region.

"The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire this race in May this year attracted 1.5 million spectators across three days, and spectator spend was £50 million.

"Extending the race from three days to four days will build on that and further cement the legacy of the 2014 Tour de France.

"I was pleased that the minister agreed to consider extending the race and I have written to him setting out the strong case there is for doing so. We certainly hope he will look favourably upon the proposal."

An earlier bid to have next year's race extended to four days was blocked by British Cycling, citing the need to maintain a "balanced international racing calendar".

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "It is rare for a race to have such success in its first edition and we want to build on this in future races.

"We know from the feedback received from riders, broadcasters, local authorities, spectators and the people of Yorkshire that a four-day Tour de Yorkshire would be widely welcomed."