Hopes over deal for town cycle race

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THE Tour de France could be heading through the Filey area.

The dramatic news was revealed after Yorkshire tourism chiefs said they were close to completing a deal to host the opening stages of the 2016 event in Yorkshire.

Under the plans, cyclists would pass through the Yorkshire Dales and into Scarborough before taking in Filey, Hunmanby and Muston as they continue to Hull.

Muston councillor Godfrey Allanson said he was delighted to hear the news and said it would be a huge boost for the area.

He added: “To get that event would be big for local tourism.

“If it comes through it will encourage people to go and watch and maybe take up the sport too.

“It would be wonderful and very special if it came through.”

The race would be split into two days, with the cyclists covering 112 miles a day, and Tour de France organisers are due to visit the region to assess the proposed route.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Those in-depth discussions are ongoing but I can reveal Yorkshire’s bid has been positively received by the organisation committee at this stage.”

If the move comes off, it will only be the fourth time part of the Tour de France has taken place in the UK.