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Tour de Yorkshire returning to Craven

Tour de Yorkshire

Published at 3:40pm 2nd December 2016. (Updated at 3:45pm 2nd December 2016)

Craven is gearing up for the Tour de Yorkshire once again.

Stage 3 of next year's cycle race, on Sunday 30 April, will travel through Bolton Abbey, Barden, Burnsall, Linton, Cracoe, Rylstone, down Skipton High Street and on to Farnhill, Kildwick and Silsden before heading off through Haworth and Leeming into South Yorkshire.

Named 'The Yorkshire Terrier', it will be the toughest stage in the history of the Tour de Yorkshire, covering 194.5 kilometres with eight categorised climbs.

This year, Stage 1 of the race finished in Settle, where huge crowds greeted some of the world's top cyclists.

Paul Shevlin, Chief Executive of Craven District Council, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to show the world again the very best of Craven. I'm delighted that we've been chosen again to be a part of this great event - it's a tribute to the investment we've put into the Tour de Yorkshire and cycling in the district.

"The Tour de France in 2014, the Tour de Yorkshire in Settle this year and Skipton Cycle Races in 2015 and 2016 have made Craven famous for cycling across the world.

"It's brilliant that once again our local economy will benefit from worldwide television coverage and an influx of spectators from far and wide."

Councillor Chris Harbron, Leader of Skipton Town Council, added: "News of the Tour coming through the heart of Skipton will bring back some great memories of the Tour de France and, as the race coincides with our traditional Waterway Festival event, we can look forward to what will now be an extra special bank holiday weekend for the town."