No starring role for Sheffield in new Tour de Yorkshire

NSST 6-7-14 Bradfield 13'Tour De France comes to Bradfield
NSST 6-7-14 Bradfield 13'Tour De France comes to Bradfield
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Sheffield will not play a major part in the new Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race after the ‘prestigious’ start and finish lines were announced.

Leeds and York - which both hosted stage starts in this year’s Tour de France - as well as Bridlington, Scarborough, Selby and Wakefield will have either a start or a finish during the event in May.

Although the full route is not announced until January, it is likely to focus more on east Yorkshire.

A spokesman for Welcome to Yorkshire said councils had to express an interest in being part of the race.

It is understood that Sheffield Council did not because of the amount of resources it put in to this year’s Tour.

However a recent report found that the event generated more than £10m for the region - and it has been hailed as a major success for the city.

Thousands of people flocked to Bradfield, the first area of Sheffield elite cyclists travelled through, to the tough hill climb of Jenkin Road, Wincobank and to Meadowhall for the exciting finish.

The spokesman for Welcome to Yorkshire added: “This is a race that we have said all along that we will move around the country every year.

“We were completely oversubcribed for the first Tour de Yorkshire , a few interests have been made in the 2016 and 2017 races.

“We want this to happen every year, we want everyone to want it and that is why we are moving it around.

“We have gone to East Yorkshire as the Tour could not earlier this year.”

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: ”We promised the new race would go to the parts of our county the Tour didn’t touch and we’re delighted it is. “There has been so much interest from across Yorkshire and Sheffield is one of those that has expressed an interest in being part of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016.”

The race will cover around 600kms in three days and is set to take in large parts of areas that did not feature in July’s Grand Départ.

Its full route will be announced on January 21, when it is 100 days until the race itself.

The Tour de Yorkshire is a being held by Amaury Sport Organisation and Welcome to Yorkshire, and is supported by British Cycling.

It will have three stages for riders.