Will the Tour return to East Yorkshire?

The start of this year's Tour de Yorkshire

The start of this year's Tour de Yorkshire

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The East Riding could again be in line to host a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, after council leaders confirmed they want to the cycle race to return to the region.

The first stage of the inaugural Tour set off from Bridlington Spa on May 1, and passed through Sewerby and Flamborough, before heading towards Scarborough.

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Day two’s route from Selby to York saw the peloton pass through Beverley, Wetwang, Market Weighton and Stamford Bridge.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has told race organisers it wants to be involved in the 2016, when the race will again be held on the first weekend in May.

Council leader Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, said: “The council can confirm that it has submitted an expression of interest to sponsor a start or finish of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, with a decision from the Amaury Sport Organisation and Welcome to Yorkshire expected later in the summer.

“This year’s inaugural event saw thousands of people line the route to watch the race, including 30,000 for the start of the event outside The Spa Bridlington and around 15,000 in Beverley.

“Communities across the area embraced the Tour de Yorkshire by hosting events and decorating their towns and villages.

“The economic benefit the event had for Yorkshire and the exposure it gave the county on the national and international stage was outstanding and was certainly worth the investment by this council.

“The East Riding has shown itself to be an ideal location for large sporting events and we are hopeful of being part of the Tour de Yorkshire again in 2016.”

Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggigs was among the 144 riders who took part in this year’s race, which was won by Norwegian Lars Petter Nordhaug.