The chief of the Amaury Sports Organisation who own the rights to and organise the Tour de France held talks with Selby’s MP, Nigel Adams in Parliament this week to discuss plans for the ‘Tour de Yorkshire’. Following successful lobbying by Nigel Adams and district council leader Mark Crane, Selby will host the start of the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday May 2nd.
Christian Prudhomme, Director General of Le Tour (centre) was joined by Gary Verity (left) CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire on their visit to meet Nigel Adams in Parliament to discuss ways in which Selby can capitalise on it’s successful bid to host the start of the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.
Following the talks Nigel Adams said: “I am so proud that our bid to get the race to Selby was successful. Monsieur Prudhomme and Gary Verity expect us to put on a great show and we will not let them down. May 2nd will be one of the biggest and most exciting days ever seen in Selby and I know thousands of people will want to get involved on the day. But it is much more than just what happens on the day, this is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase what we have to offer to millions of people as the race will be shown live on ITV and on Eurosport. Literally millions of people will be watching, shining a spotlight on Selby district.”
The second stage will start in Selby town centre outside the Abbey. The route takes in much of the Yorkshire Wolds, and from Selby will take the peloton towards Market Weighton and on to Beverley, where they will turn north to Malton, then on to Stamford Bridge. Spectators will have the chance to see a circuit of York and organisers are hoping for a dramatic finish in the city.
More details of exactly which route the race will take through Selby Town, before the peloton heads out towards the A19/A163 junction towards Market Weighton will be announced shortly
The race is being organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation, with support from British Cycling and local authorities throughout the county, especially the start and finish towns including, Selby, York and North Yorkshire County Council.