Snooker finals clash ends Tour de Yorkshire bid from Sheffield

Stage Two of the Tour De France 2014 'York to Sheffield 06-07-14'The Tour De France hits the roads of Sheffield and The Cote De Wincobank Hill
Stage Two of the Tour De France 2014 'York to Sheffield 06-07-14'The Tour De France hits the roads of Sheffield and The Cote De Wincobank Hill
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Sheffield Council chiefs will not bid to host the Tour de Yorkshire race in 2016 - because it clashes with the snooker championships final.

While the city featured in the Tour de France held in Yorkshire in 2014 which brought thousands of people and a major economic boost to the city - it did not bid for the follow-up Tour de Yorkshire race held earlier this year.

The council has now confirmed it has withdrawn from the bidding to host the Tour de Yorkshire 2016.

A spokesman said: “The date of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire clashes with the World Snooker Championships final weekend, making it difficult to realise the full economic benefits for the city.

“World snooker brings thousands of people into Sheffield and delivers a direct economic impact of £2.5m to the city. Hosting the Tour de Yorkshire at the same time would not make logistical or financial sense.”

The spokesman said the decision was made after consultation with the city’s hospitality sector and it was ‘not to say we will not be interested in hosting the event in the future.’