Yorkshire will host a three day race in 2015 after Tour de France officials were impressed by the County.
Yorkshire hosted the Tour de France Grand Depart in July and the county made a real impression on the world of cycling.
Thousands of people lined the streets during the opening stages of the race and it was clear to see that the people of Yorkshire had a real passion for cycling.
The race is set to take place between May 1-3 next year and will hopefully be a race which will take place for many years after that. There will be three full stages as well as a women's race.
Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) will be organising the event and the race route is expected to be released sometime in early 2015.
The Chief Executive or Welcome to Yorkshire, Gary Verity, is confident they can make the race well known around the world.
According to Sky Sports, Verity said: “This new official international cycle race heralds the start of a world-class event for Yorkshire that we want to see grow over the coming years to become known the world over.
“We already have a huge amount of interest thanks to the Yorkshire Grand Depart, which captured the imagination of millions of people globally, and the Tour de Yorkshire will be a fitting legacy.
“We’re confident that, come May, we’ll deliver something very special.”
It is said that the race will receive a 2.1 ranking meaning it will be the same as races such as the Tour of Algarve and the Tour of the Mediterranean. The Tour of Britain had a 2.1 ranking until this year.
I think the event will be a big success as it is guaranteed to attract big crowds like the Tour de France and soon the top riders will want to come to Yorkshire to ride in the three day race.
The Director do the Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme, explained why Yorkshire was chosen and what he thinks it can bring to cycling as a sport.
Prudhomme said: “We knew Yorkshire was gorgeous and there was a real passion for the Tour but now we know, after the unforgettable Grand Depart, that people love the sport of cycling.
“It is now time to work together to bring a new race that will feature amazing riders and see some passionate crowds once again line the streets.”
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