The 2020 Tour de Yorkshire will take place from April 30 – May 3, with the route taking in more of the now-iconic roads of Britain’s cycling heartland.
This year’s Tour de Yorkshire route will take in eight host locations including Halifax, Barnsley, Huddersfield and Leeds.
It will be a return to Yorkshire for many riders who contested the 2019 World Championships course, with the men’s road race won by Dane Mads Pedersen.
The 2020 Tour de Yorkshire will form part of the inaugural UCI ProSeries, which operates one level below the WorldTour calendar.
The eight host locations of the 2020 race have been revealed by organisers, with the full route of both the men’s and women’s races set to be unveield on January 17.
Tour de Yorkshire 2020 route – host locations
Once again there will be eight locations that will host the start or finish of each of the Tour de Yorkshire’s four stages.
This will be the third time in the last three years that Barnsley has hosted a start or finish for a Tour de Yorkshire stage, as well as featuring during the very first edition of the race in 2015.
Magnus Cort (Astana) won stage two, setting out from Barnsley in 2018, beating Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) in the sprint.
Beverley was recently used as the start line for the para-cycling events at the Yorkshire Worlds and before that hosted the start of the first stages at the 2016 and 2018 Tours de Yorkshire.
In 2016 Dylan Groenewgen (Jumbo-Visma) bested Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) in the sprint finish, while in 2018 Harry Tanfield (Katusha-Alpecin) took the win from a British top-three.
While Beverley has been known as a start town for first stages, Halifax has been a start line for the final stages of the race in the last two years.
Stéphane Rossetto took victory for Cofidis last year as the race headed out from Halifax and finished in Leeds, with Greg Van Avermaet in second once again. With the same start and finish locations in 2019 however, the Belgian came out on top, beating Chris Lawless, who won the overall classification. This will be the fourth time Halifax has featured in the race.
While the other locations so far have all previously featured in the race, Huddersfield is a brand new one making its debut in 2020. It will be a welcome return, with the town having featured in stage two of the Tour de France in 2014.
A major UK city befitting of finish lines. Three of the last five editions have ended here. Will organisers go for the same again next year?
We’ll have to wait and see, as at the 2014 Tour de France and 2019 Yorkshire Worlds riders set off from Leeds as a start location.
Like Huddersfield, Leyburn will be making it’s first appearance in the race, a market town sitting in the heart of Wensleydale.
Another new addition to the Tour de Yorkshire, which will provide the race with the most northerly point it has ever visited.
Skipton has featured in three previous editions of the Tour de Yorkshire, the Tour de France, as well as this year’s Yorkshire Worlds. This is the first time, however, that it will feature as a host town.
Peter Dodd, Commercial Director of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s always exciting to unveil the host locations for the Tour de Yorkshire and this year is no exception. We’re delighted Huddersfield, Leyburn, Redcar and Skipton will each be making their debuts as we’re always striving to bring our race to new parts of this great county.
“The other locations have already proven themselves as more-than-worthy recipients and we cannot wait to revisit them as well.”
Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and it is now one of the best attended and most dramatic races on the cycling calendar.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a great team at Welcome to Yorkshire and I know our eight start and finish locations will put on a real show in 2020.”