The Amaury Sports Organisations’ new three-stage race in Yorkshire will take place between 1-3 May 2015, after being confirmed on next year’s UCI calendar.
The Tour of Yorkshire will be co-organised by Welcome to Yorkshire, after they successfully staged the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France.
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The race was originally announced back in July before the start of the Tour, but has only just been confirmed by the UCI and will receive a 2.1 ranking, the same as races like the Tour of Algarve and the Tour of the Mediterranean. The Tour of Britain had a 2.1 ranking until 2014 when it was raised by the UCI.
The race will also run a women’s event and a sportive alongside it, though more details are to be confirmed about all the events later in 2014.
Chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Gary Verity, commented on the announcement saying: “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 Départ, 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.”