21,000 people want to make ‘Le Tour’ a great event

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AROUND 21,000 people want to become “Le Tour makers” when the world’s biggest cycling event arrives in Yorkshire next year.

The potential scale of the volunteer army emerged at an event to highlight the economic benefits of the Tour de France, which is coming to Yorkshire next year.

It’s hoped that more global investors will decide to create jobs in rural Yorkshire after watching the Tour wind through stunning locations in the Yorkshire Dales. Small businesses heard how they could do their bit to support the Tour at an event organised by Skipton and Ripon Enterprise Group, which was addressed by Peter Dodd, Welcome to Yorkshire’s commercial director,

A year ago, Yorkshire pulled off the stunning coup of delivering a successful bid to host the opening two stages of next year’s Tour de France.

The race is expected to attract two million spectators and 2,000 journalists, bringing an estimated £100m boost to the region. The route will set off from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5, before starting in York and finishing in Sheffield the following day.

“It’s a massive opportunity,’’ Mr Dodd told the meeting at Skipton Building Society. “It’s our Olympic moment for Yorkshire plc.”

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