Adding a fourth day to Tour de Yorkshire schedule is ‘no-brainer’

The rain finally stopped in time for the start of the race, and crowds came out to line the streets in Beverley. Picture by Richard Ponter
The rain finally stopped in time for the start of the race, and crowds came out to line the streets in Beverley. Picture by Richard Ponter

The addition of an extra day to the Tour de Yorkshire in the future is a “no-brainer” but the decision lies with British Cycling, Sir Gary Verity said, after the second running of the race began in Beverley.

The Welcome to Yorkshire chief said he wanted the 2017 race to run over four days, saying that all parties involved in the event wanted the extension which he claimed would add another £10m to the economic benefits of the Tour to the region’s economy.

“An extra day wouldn’t cost any money,” Sir Gary said.

“UCI (the International Cycling Union) want it to be over four days, the teams want four days, women’s cycling want it four days, the public of Yorkshire wants four days.

“It’s a no-brainer.

“It’s been a huge success with bigger crowds than we had last year.

“The quality of the field was fantastic and I’m really pleased we have a fantastic champion in Thomas Voeckler.

“We built on last year’s event and have some thoughts that we will debate in the office this week.

Some of our ideas depend on if we get an extra day which will mean we can do a lot more for women’s cycling.

“Having a fourth day will have a massive impact.

“There is a lot more we can do, such as maybe having a time trial as part of the event.”