BREAKING NEWS: Beverley chosen as Tour de Yorkshire host town

The start of the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire in Bridlington
The start of the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire in Bridlington

Beverley will be one of the focal points of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire, after it was named as one of the race’s host venue.

That means one of the three days will start or finish in the town next May, although the exact route will not be revealed until December.

Sir Gary Verity (left) made the announcement this morning.

Sir Gary Verity (left) made the announcement this morning.

The inaugural race began in Bridlington earlier this year, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council confirmed it was keen to bring the event back to the area.

Race organisers unveiled the six host towns this morning, and Beverley was named alongside Doncaster, Middlesbrough, Otley, Scarborough and Settle.

A small number of 2017 start and finish locations have also been confirmed today, with Fox Valley (Sheffield), Halifax, Harrogate and Selby announced as hosts.

The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire was held in May this year and attracted one and a half million spectators and over six million global television viewers.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “From the first moments of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, everyone who was there knew it was something special.

“I’m delighted that we are able to bring the 2016 race to all four corners of Yorkshire. It is testament to how much the county has taken the race to its heart that we have been oversubscribed for next year’s starts and finishes.

“The Tour de Yorkshire is an event in the cycling calendar that riders want to race in and we look forward to welcoming some of the world’s best riders back to Yorkshire next year.”

Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France at the ASO, said: ““Yorkshire is so perfectly suited to international racing and the landscapes create wonderful chances for riders to shine. Many of the teams and riders said that the Tour de Yorkshire reminds them of the Tour de France’s Grand Départ, with the routes, crowds and atmosphere once again combining to create a very special race.”