Halifax dropped as stage hosts of 2017 Tour de Yorkshire

The West Yorkshire town was announced as a stage host in 2015, but it was dropped when the 2017 stage towns were officially unveiled

Trooper Lane is Halifax's hidden 30 per cent cobbled beast

When the six hosts towns for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire were announced on Tuesday, there was one omission that contradicted a previous announcement.

In October 2015, Welcome to Yorkshire revealed the half-a-dozen towns that would host stage starts or finishes for the 2016 race, and also named Fox Valley (Sheffield), Harrogate, Selby and Halifax as stage hosts for the 2017 race.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.