The Yorkshire stage of the Tour of Britain was announced yesterday, with Bradford to host the start before the riders head up toward the Southern Dales. The stage will take in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales before going through Pool and Harrogate and finish in Sheffield.
Bradford's Lord Mayor,Choudhary Rangzeb, said, "It is a great honour for Bradford to be hosting the start of the Yorkshire stage of such a prestigious race. The Tour of Britain is a thrilling spectacle and for the people of the Bradford district this is the chance to be a part of it and see the cyclists on their way to Sheffield. Bradford and the district has a wonderful cycling heritage with many professional riders coming from the area."
Jan Wilson, Sheffield City Councillor said, "Sheffield has a great track record of hosting major sporting events and we are very pleased to be staging the finish for the Yorkshire leg of the prestigious Tour of Britain Cycle Race for the third year running.
Stage 1 - August 29: Scotland, Glasgow to Castle Douglas
Stage 2 - August 30: Northwest, Blackpool to Liverpool
Stage 3 - August 31: Yorkshire, Bradford to Sheffield
Stage 4 - September 1: West Midlands, (final route to be confirmed)
Stage 5 - September 2: Southeast, Rochester to Canterbury
Stage 6 - September 3: London, Greenwich to The Mall