The Tour of Britain made its return to Yorkshire for the first time in 13 years, last year. And now the UK’s biggest cycle race is set to return to East Yorkshire later this year.
The historic market town of Beverley will host the finish of stage three of the race in September. It will be the first time the market town has had the race visit in 15 years.
More than 15 million people have watched the Tour of Britain since 2004, when the race was relaunched. It is sure to prove popular in Beverley, which has drawn huge crowds for cycle races over the past decade.
On Tuesday 5th September, Beverley will see over 100 of the world’s best riders head to the town during a stage from Hull to Dalby Forest.
The occasion will be the first time Beverley has hosted the Tour of Britain, although it has previously featured in the Tour de Yorkshire as the start venue in 2016 and 2018.
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The full details of stage three of the race including the start are yet to be announced, but it will pass through parts of East Yorkshire.
Caroline Lacey, chief executive of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Today’s announcement that Beverley will host the stage three finish of the Tour of Britain is fantastic news, not just for Beverley but for the whole of the East Riding.
“We know from our previous experience of hosting the Tour de Yorkshire just how much people in the East Riding love their cycling and I expect, that after a four-year absence of cycling in the East Riding, the crowds will be out to cheer on the cyclists to the finish line.
“With the race being broadcast live on ITV4, it also gives is the chance to showcase Beverley and the East Riding to audiences both at home and abroad and to put us on the map as a must-visit destination.”
Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “We’re thrilled that this year’s Tour of Britain will see Beverley make its debut as a host venue for the first time! Fifteen years may have gone by since the race passed through the North Bar, but ever since we’ve wanted to bring the Tour back to town.
“We know there’s a real sense of community pride in Beverley, and this will definitely be on display for the world to see on Tuesday 5 September.”
“I’d like to thank East Riding of Yorkshire Council and our stakeholders for their support of the Tour, as well as the hard work going on behind the scenes to make this a truly unforgettable day!”
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