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by Shane Stokes
September 22, 2017
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Stage three of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire featured massive crowds. Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com.
British cycling had a setback on Thursday when Brian Cookson was beaten in the UCI presidential election, but there was also some good news: the expansion of the Tour de Yorkshire next season. The men’s edition will increase from three to four days, while the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire will double from one to two days’ duration.
“This is absolutely tremendous news and something we have long been working to achieve,” said Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Gary Verity. “We are grateful to British Cycling for supporting our application, and to the UCI for granting us this extension. Seeing the Tour de Yorkshire grow into what it is today is one of my team’s very proudest achievements and none of this would have been possible if the people of Yorkshire – and Great Britain – hadn’t taken the race to their hearts.
“This decision will help us attract even bigger names in the future and allow us to design a more varied and spectacular route. Our race is growing in stature all the time and the next two editions will hold even greater prestige given that Yorkshire is also hosting the UCI Road World Championships in 2019.”
According to the organisers, this year’s event was broadcast live in 180 countries and a record 2.2 million fans lined the route. They state that it generated £64 million for the Yorkshire economy, while the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire remains one of the most lucrative events in the sport. Both events will begin on May 3 next year.
“The size and passion of the crowds has not just impressed me, but the cyclists too,” said Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme. “They are always blown away by the reception they receive and are already looking forward to coming back in 2018.”