Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cycling: Tour's Coastal Route

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cycling: Tour's Coastal Route

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THE inaugural Tour de Yorkshire will go one better than this year's memorable Tour de France Grand Depart in at least one respect, with the route set to include the region's coastline.

Organisers of the new annual event, which aims to build on the ecstatic scenes as three million spectators greeted the world's most famous bike race in July, announced on Monday that Leeds, York, Wakefield, Selby, Scarborough and Bridlington would host starts and finishes for the three-day race.

The full route will be confirmed on January 21, 100 days before the May 1 start.

But the initial announcement has already provided one key piece of the puzzle - with Bridlington and Scarborough both offering the chance to include some of Yorkshire's finest coastal roads.

Gary Verity, chief executive of co-organisers Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "We wanted to make sure we took the race to parts of Yorkshire that missed out on the Tour de France and I am pleased to say that this first edition will heavily feature the Yorkshire coast. …

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