Tour de Yorkshire to further boost region's economy as race extends to four days
The Tour de Yorkshire will is set to be extended from three to four days in 2018.
Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and A.S.O had been seeking to extend the race after its success over the last three years.
On Thursday (Sept 21st), cycling’s world governing body the UCI confirmed the decision with the four-day Tour de Yorkshire being included on their 2018 Europe Tour calendar between Thursday 3rd and Sunday 6th May.
In addition, the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire is also doubling in size for 2018, increasing from one to two days on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May.
The Tour de Yorkshire was first launched in 2015 following Tour de France Grand Départ 12 months previously, and it has since grown to become one of the sport’s best-supported races.
This year’s event was broadcast live in 180 countries and a record 2.2 million fans lined the route. The race also generated £64m for the Yorkshire economy.
Sir Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive, said: “This is absolutely tremendous news and something we have long been working to achieve. 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.
“Cycling is booming across the county and today marks an exciting new chapter for our race.”
The decision to grow the Tour de Yorkshire from three to four days means there will be eight start and finish destinations for the 2018 race, and these are set to be announced on Thursday 28th September.
Christian Prudhomme, Tour de France director, added: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and the way the race has grown over the last four years has been incredible. “The size and passion of the crowds has not just impressed me, but the cyclists too.
“They are always blown away by the reception they receive and are already looking forward to coming back in 2018. Extending the race to four days will allow us to visit more parts of the county and put on an even greater show.”