Sheffield to host Tour de Yorkshire 2017

Sheffield has been announced as a host city for the Tour de Yorkshire 2017.
Sheffield has been announced as a host city for the Tour de Yorkshire 2017.

Sheffield has been announced as host city for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire.

Sheffield has been announced as host city for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire.

Racing for the third edition, which runs from April 28-30, could begin and end in Fox Valley, Sheffield, organisers have announced.

Other host towns and cities are Bradford, Bridlington, Harrogate, Scarborough and Tadcaster, which could also be the start and finishing points.

Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) have confirmed today all the venues for the race:

A women’s race will be held on Saturday, April 29.

The second edition took place earlier this year when the number of roadside spectators increased from 1.5 million to two million and the race attracted 11.4 million global television viewers, up from six million in 2015.

The organisers say the event also boosted the local economy by £60m.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “In just two years the Tour de Yorkshire has become one of the biggest and best races on the professional cycling calendar.

“Riders are overwhelmed by the support they receive on the roadside and the racing is among the most exciting you will see all season.

“The third edition will continue that progression and the attention it receives will be greater than ever given that we have just succeeded in bringing the UCI Road World Championships to the county in 2019.

“The world’s best cyclists will be using the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire as a first dress rehearsal for that and we’re planning a course that will challenge and impress them in equal measure.

“I’m delighted the race will visit all four corners of the county and all six host towns will put on a brilliant show.”

Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France at the ASO said: “The Tour de Yorkshire has done itself proud in building a lasting and hugely successful legacy on the back of the 2014 Grand Départ.

“The race is a true success story and we are thrilled to be working in partnership with such a great team at Welcome to Yorkshire. “We’re looking forward to another fantastic edition in 2017.”

Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation will release the full 2017 race route in December.

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