Fresh details have been revealed about the cycling race that will form a key element of Yorkshire’s Tour de France legacy.
The provisionally-titled Tour de Yorkshire will take place from May 1 to 3 next year, it was announced today.
It will be staged by the Welcome to Yorkshire tourism agency and Amaury Sport Organisation, which runs the Tour de France.
The race will comprise three full stages over its three days and will be an official part of the world cycling calendar for 2015.
Its exact route is being kept under wraps until early next year but it is hoped it could take in areas of Yorkshire that were not visited by the Tour de France’s hugely-successful Grand Départ at the start of July.
Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive, Gary Verity, said: “This new official international cycle race heralds the start of a world-class event for Yorkshire that we want to see grow over the coming years to become known the world over.
“We already have a huge amount of interest thanks to the Yorkshire Grand Départ, which captured the imagination of millions of people globally – and the Tour de Yorkshire will be a fitting legacy. We’re confident that come May, we’ll deliver something very special.”
Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, said: “We knew Yorkshire was gorgeous and there was a real passion for the Tour, but now we know after the unforgettable Grand Départ that people love the sport of cycling.
“It is now time to work together to bring a new race that will see some amazing riders and passionate crowds once again line the streets.”
The race is being backed by British Cycling and has been approved by the sport’s world governing body, the UCI.
British Cycling’s president, Bob Howden, said: “To secure the approval of the UCI is terrific news and building on the huge success of the Grand Départ here in Yorkshire, we can drive up participation and work towards more people cycling more often.
“A new world-class race helps underline a commitment to cycling in all its forms.”