Yorkshire ideal candidate for World Champs host, says Gary Verity

The Welcome to Yorkshire boss welcomes the Government's backing of major sporting events coming to the UK in Wednesday's Autumn Statement

Holmefirth, Tour de Yorkshire stage three

Holmefirth, Tour de Yorkshire stage three

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Welcome to Yorkshire boss Sir Gary Verity has welcomed the government's backing of a British bid to host the UCI Road World Championships and has said Yorkshire "has an incredibly strong case" for hosting the event.

Verity spearheaded the bid to host the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire in 2014, and has since played a major role in the creation of the ASO race, the Tour de Yorkshire, which debuted this year.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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