New Yorkshire cycle race to visit Barnsley

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The first Tour de Yorkshire cycling race is set to visit South Yorkshire – with a stretch through Barnsley.

However the race will not visit Sheffield, which hosted a successful stage finish in last year’s Tour de France.

The Tour de France in Sheffield last summer

The Tour de France in Sheffield last summer

The new race starts in Bridlington on Friday, May 1, while the third and final stage on Sunday, May 3 will see riders leave Wakefield and pass through Barnsley on their way to the finish in Leeds.

Coun Roy Miller, of Barnsley Council, said: “The race will once again put Barnsley and Yorkshire under the spotlight, allowing people to see areas of outstanding beauty and showcase the best of what our borough has to offer.”

The new race, expected to become a flagship cycling event, will involve international teams and be broadcast live.

It will include a women’s event, mass participation race and a cultural festival.

Much of it focuses on the east coast of Yorkshire, although Leeds and York feature.

Sheffield Council did not express an interest in hosting the race – organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, said: “After last year’s hugely successful Grand Départ finish in Sheffield, we believed it only fair to allow other towns that were unable to host the Tour to welcome the new event.

“We will be building on the cycling legacy from hosting the world’s greatest annual sporting event and wish the new race every success.”