Expert predicts a bright future for the Tour

Tour de Yorkshire
Tour de Yorkshire

One of the country’s leading cycling journalists has predicted a bright future for the sport’s newest big-name event.

Matt Slater, BBC Sport’s cycling correspondent, was in Bridlington for the start of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire race and was impressed with the atmosphere at the start line.

He said he believed the Tour could carve out a niche in the busy international cycling calendar.

“The race isn’t one of the big three-week races, it is not one of the week-long races and it is not one of the great one-day races.

“There aren’t many three-day races left, they are a dying breed, but this has the potential to be a bit different.

“The thing it has got in its favour is that cycling in this country is being recognised by sponsors and broadcasters, they know it’s a growing market.

“Cycling in Yorkshire is doing well and everybody was impressed with what they saw at the Grand Depart last year. The French were blown away with it.

“The Tour de Yorkshire has got off to a good start with a good field, although if you are going to be in the Tour de France or the Giro d’Italia, you are probably not going to be here.

“There’s a great crowd at the start. Long-standing races in France and Spain would be proud of this level of excitement.”