Scarborough handed third Tour de Yorkshire role

Thomas Voeckler crosses the finish line in Scarboroughs North Bay earlier this year
Thomas Voeckler crosses the finish line in Scarboroughs North Bay earlier this year

The Tour de Yorkshire will return to Scarborough for a third year running in 2017 as a stage start or finish will race into town.

With 15 towns and cities applying to host part of the event, it was expected that Scarborough would miss out after being an integral part of the first two races in 2015 and earlier this year.

Having hosted the finish of the first stage back at the inaugural event in 2015 and then seeing the final stage on day three of this year’s race draw to a conclusion at a packed North Bay, Scarborough seems to be a central part of the Tour’s identity.

“I would love to go there every year,” said Welcome To Yorkshire’s Sir Gary Verity.

“Obviously that’s for the powers that be in Scarborough to think about but it’s a great location, an iconic location, and whether we do a start or a finish it’s a fantastic backdrop which lends itself to a great bike race.

“We have to fit in the landmarks, Scarborough is one and we have to make sure that becomes part of our DNA for this race.”

Racing for the third edition will take place from Friday April 28 to Sunday April 30 and will begin or end each day in Bradford, Bridlington, Fox Valley (Sheffield), Harrogate, Scarborough or Tadcaster.

The full 2017 race route will be unveiled in December.

“I’m delighted the race will visit all four corners of the county and all six host towns will put on a brilliant show,” added Verity.