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Tour de Yorkshire will be bigger event next year

It will be run over more days

Tour de Yorkshire coming through Holmfirth.(Image: Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

The Tour de Yorkshire will be longer than ever next year for today it has been revealed that it will grow from three to four days.

Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire had been seeking to extend the race after its phenomenal success over the last three years and cycling’s world governing body the UCI have today confirmed the decision with the four-day Tour de Yorkshire being included on their 2018 Europe.

The tour will run between Thursday, May 3 and Sunday, May 6.

This means there will be eight start and finish destinations for the 2018 race and these are set to be announced on Thursday, September 28. The full route will then be unveiled on Tuesday, December 5.

The Women’s Tour de Yorkshire will also double in size next year, increasing from one to two days on Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4.

The Tour de Yorkshire was launched in 2015 following the hugely successful Tour de France Grand Départ 12 months previously, and it has since grown to become one of the sport’s best-supported and most exciting races.

This year’s event was broadcast live in 180 countries and a record 2.2 million fans lined the route. The race also generated £64m for the Yorkshire economy and the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire remains one of the most lucrative events in the sport.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said: “This is absolutely tremendous news and something we have long been working to achieve. We are grateful to British Cycling for supporting our application, and to the UCI for granting us this extension.

“Seeing the Tour de Yorkshire grow into what it is today would not have been possible if the people of Yorkshire - and Great Britain - hadn’t taken the race to their hearts.

“This decision will help us attract even bigger names in the future and allow us to design a more varied and spectacular route.

“Our race is growing in stature all the time and the next two editions will hold even greater prestige given that Yorkshire is also hosting the UCI Road World Championships in 2019.

“Cycling is booming across the county and today marks an exciting new chapter for our race.”

Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and the way the race has grown over the last four years has been incredible. The size and passion of the crowds has not just impressed me, but the cyclists too. They are always blown away by the reception they receive and are already looking forward to coming back in 2018.”

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