Tour de Yorkshire routes offer world championship cycing clues

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Sir Gary Verity has told cycling fans they can start studying Tour de Yorkshire routes for hints as to where the Road World Championships will take place in 2019.

Verity unveiled the six locations which will host either starts or finishes of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire: Bradford, Bridlington, Fox Valley (Sheffield), Harrogate, Scarborough and Tadcaster. The race will take place from April 28 to 30, with the full route to be announced on December 2.

The announcement came two weeks after Yorkshire was confirmed as the host for the 2019 Road World Championships, largely on the back of the huge success of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014 and its legacy event, the Tour de Yorkshire.

“Every edition of the Tour de Yorkshire now will in essence be dress rehearsals for those races,” Verity, chief executive of Tour de Yorkshire organisers Welcome To Yorkshire, said of the World Championships. Most routes for 2019 are already mapped out; all of those races will finish in Harrogate.

Verity said the clues as to where the race might go could all be found in the roads used over the last three years - and those soon to come.

“When those routes are formally announced for 2019, if you look back at what we had for the Tour de France and what we’ve had for the different editions of the Tour de Yorkshire, you’ll understand what we were doing,” Verity told said.

“We’re still testing some stuff to see if it will all work, and what we need to do slightly better.”