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Yorkshire bids to host cycling's Road World Championships

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Published at 6:30am 18th August 2016. (Updated at 11:56am 18th August 2016)

Just over two years since the Tour de France circus arrived in Yorkshire, there are now hopes of hosting another world-class cycling event.

Welcome to Yorkshire has officially put forward a bid to host the Road World Championships in 2019.

The event takes place over eight days and includes individual and team time trials, as well as full road races for Under 18, Under 23 and Elite riders.

Last year's women's race was won by Otley's Lizzie Armitstead, allowing her to wear the iconic rainbow jersey for 12 months.

Welcome to Yorkshire's bid has been compiled in partnership with British Cycling and UK Sport.

The Government has also guaranteed to underwrite the full cost of the event and back it with £24 million of investment.

Lizzie Armitstead

Otley's Lizzie Armitstead wearing the iconic rainbow jersey after victory at last year's World Championships in Richmond, USA

The race programme would include starts in North, South, East and West Yorkshire, with full details made available if the bid is successful following the UCI's annual congress in Doha this October.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said: “It would be an absolute honour to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

“Yorkshire has everything a bike race could wish for.

"We can promise a gruelling but spectacular range of routes, huge crowds and the very warmest of welcomes.

"We are sure the world’s best riders will find our beautiful roads both challenging and exhilarating in equal measure."

"The Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 cemented the county's place as a world-class cycling destination and since then I have been proud to oversee the launch and growth of the Tour de Yorkshire - a race which is now regarded as one of the most dramatic and well-supported events in the sport."


Britain's Mark Cavendish becomes World Champion in 2011. Source: Eurosport

Sir Gary added: "Make no mistake, cycling is in Yorkshire's DNA and hosting the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will only reaffirm that.

"Yorkshire is ready to embrace the Championships. We've turned the county yellow once before, and now we want to see it swathed with those coveted rainbow bands."