Tour de Yorkshire to return next year

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Published: Tuesday 5th May 2015 by KCFM

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Over a million people turned out to watch the major cycle race at the weekend.

The first ever Tour de Yorkshire has been hailed a huge success after thousands of people took to the streets to witness the event.

Following its popularity at the weekend, the major cycle race looks set to return in May next year with a whole new route through our region.

Initial figures show the three day event attracted around 250,000 people for Stage 1, 450,000 for Stage 2 and 750,000 on Stage 3.

Audiences in more than 150 countries also managed to see the spectacle on their TV’s.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said:

“Once again we’ve seen staggering crowds provide a rousing welcome for these incredible riders.  I salute each of the 144 riders in the men’s race and 98 in the women’s, and the 6,000 who took on the sportive.  We thank the people of Yorkshire and the riders, the crowds, the Tour Makers, the ASO and our team at Welcome to Yorkshire should be immensely proud of the weekend’s achievements.”

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, said:

“It was an emotional return to Yorkshire, who did of course put on the grandest of all the grand Départs last year. This was again a special moment, an historic three days and a great advert for cycling and the passion and the heart that Yorkshire has for the sport.”

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Published: Tuesday 5th May 2015 by KCFM

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