£60m boost to economy generated by 2016 Tour de Yorkshire

Worldwide television viewing figures for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire double and spending by fans at the race also increases

Thomas Voeckler wins the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire (Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com)

(Image credit: Alex Broadway/SWpix.com)

The Tour de Yorkshire moved from strength to strength in its second edition in 2016, with television viewers doubling and nearly £60m being generated for the local economy.

The race, won by Direct Energie's Thomas Voeckler, was broadcast on Eurosport and ITV4 during its three days, and even though technical problems caused by the poor weather affected coverage, viewing figures reached 11.4m around the world.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.