Major cycle race comes to this area

Coun Stephen Parnaby, leader of the East Riding Council.

Coun Stephen Parnaby, leader of the East Riding Council.

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Scarborough and Bridlington have been selected to take part in the first ever Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race to be held on May 1 to 3.

Full details of the route will be revealed on January 21, but the race is expected to become a flagship cycling event with an outstanding place in the international calendar including international teams.

The event is being held by Welcome to Yorkshire supported by British Cycling and in conjunction with Amaury Sport Organisation. Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, said: “I am delighted we are returning to Yorkshire where we saw the grandest ever Grand Depart for the Tour de France.”

More than three million people turned out to the see the race in Yorkshire.

Cllr Tom Fox, Scarborough Councillor Leader, said: “We are extremely proud that Scarborough has been chosen to hold the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, and we look forward to working with all partners to deliver a truly world class event here on the Yorkshire coast.”

Coun Stephen Parnaby, Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The East Riding is an area with a great passion for cycling and hosting a major sporting event will have untold benefits for the whole county.”