Launch Of The Tour De Yorkshire
Graham Clark, Features Writer
After the success of this year's Tour de Yorkshire the event is going to be held over 4 days in 2018 between 3rd and 6th May with the tour starting or finishing in the following 6 towns and cities: Barnsley, Beverley, Doncaster, Halifax, Ilkley, Leeds, Richmond and Scarborough.
Speaking at the launch of the Tour de Yorkshire Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome To Yorkshire said:
"Next Year the Tour will visit all 4 corners of the county visiting 169 towns, cities and villages, 43 more than in 2017, the tour will cover nearly 711km, an increase of 221km in 2017."
Christian Prudhomme, Director of Cycling ASO commented:
"Yorkshire is gorgeous, you have everything here for cycling: a stunning landscape, a rich history of producing cycling talent and people who are passionate about cycling and the tour."
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Stage 2 on Friday 4 May is entitled Yorkshire Heritage with the tour starting at Barnsley's Town Hall with the race going down Old Pool Bank towards Ilkley as it reaches the race's first ever summit finish after 149km on the Cow and Calf. King of the Mountains points will be on offer right before the stage winner is crowned on top of this iconic Yorkshire climb.
Stage 3 on Saturday 5 May is the Market Towns Day with the riders starting in Richmond's cobbled market place as they pass into the North York National Park to cycle up the fearsome Sutton Bank before heading into Filey and finishing in Scarborough after 184km.
Stage 4 on Sunday 6 May is entitled Yorkshire Terrier with the Halifax Piece Hall providing a spectacular location for the start of the last day of the tour covering 189.5km One of the longest climbs of the tour will be over the Cote de Hebden Bridge from Hebden Bridge to Oxenhope before going up the cobbled Main Street in Haworth, going up to Middleham as the tour reaches its climax on The Headrow in Leeds on exactly the same spot as the Tour de France started in 2014.
Running alongside the tour is the ASDA Women's Tour de Yorkshire which has been increased to 2 days in 2018.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be the Official Tour de Yorkshire Charity in 2018.
Launch Of The Tour De Yorkshire, 6th December 2017, 14:00 PM