Tour de Yorkshire organisers want to extend race to four days

Published: Friday 15th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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Welcome to Yorkshire wants to extend the Tour de Yorkshire to four days to ensure it covers more of the region.

Last year’s inaugural three-day race attracted more than 1.5million spectators and a similar number of people are expected to watch this year’s event, which begins in Beverley on April 29.

Sir Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive, said: “We need four days to give the race some balance. At the moment we have two hilly stages and one flat race. What we’d like to do is have two hilly stages and two flat stages.

“Because we are always trying to cover all parts of Yorkshire, we end up with very big linear stages at the moment rather than stages more in the shape of a horseshoe.

“So it would help us to expand the women’s race, by having more horseshoe-shaped stages, and the starts and the finishes would be a lot closer together too. So, there are many benefits to having four days.”

Peter Dodd, Welcome to Yorkshire marketing and sales director, added: “A fourth day means we’ll get even more bigger teams competing because you’ll have two sprint stages and two climb finishes, so you’ll get the top, top international riders.

“Four days is probably a perfect sporting mix for the teams and riders to compete. So we’re very optimistic in the very near future that we will grow to a four day race.”

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Published: Friday 15th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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