Extra air ambulance for Tour de Yorkshire

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Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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As Yorkshire prepares for a landmark weekend, reinforcements have been added.

A third air ambulance has been enlisted to assist the ‘s first-ever bike race with as many as 1 million spectators expected.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s decision was made following analysis of its workload at last July’s Tour de France Grand Depart. The charity attended upwards of 30 incidents over the three days.

This weekend’s three-day 500km-plus (310 mile) race, which runs from Friday May 1 to Sunday May 3, starts at Bridlington with that stage finishing in Scarborough.

Friday sees cyclists travel between Selby and York before finishing off in stage three between Wakefield and Leeds on Sunday.

The charity’s third aircraft will fly out of RAF Topcliffe outside Thirsk.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s Captain Andy Lister claimed that, from last year’s experience, he knows that this year’s bike race may result in additional “operational pressure”.

Sir Bradley Wiggins will be among the competitors.

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Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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