Comment from Cllr Judith Blake on Leeds hosting the finish of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

Lizzie Deignan Tour de Yorkshire
LEEDS STAR / Lizzie Deignan Tour de Yorkshire

Speaking on the news that Leeds will host the finale of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday, May 6, the leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake, said:

“I’m absolutely delighted that Leeds has been chosen to host the big finale of next year’s Tour de Yorkshire. Each year this exciting sporting event gets bigger and better and helps to put our region firmly on the map, both nationally and internationally.

“I’m sure people in communities across Leeds will once again create another brilliant and unforgettable atmosphere when the tour arrives next year.”

As part of Stage Four, which has been dubbed ‘The Yorkshire Terrier’, the tour will finish in Leeds on The Headrow in the city centre, which famously in 2014, hosted the start of the Tour de France Grand Départ.

Leeds made history as it hosted the finish of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in 2015. The final stage, of then a three-stage race, saw the peloton make its way from Wakefield circulating around Bradford before ending ion the hugely popular finish line at Roundhay Park, Leeds.

The stage was won by Ben Hermans of BMC Racing, who is soon to join Pro-Conti team Israeli Cycling Academy, with the overall race victory going to Lars Petter Nordhaug, then of Team Sky.

The race then visited the borough of Leeds again the following year as Stage Two for both the men’s and women’s race began in Otley. This was an important milestone for the Tour de Yorkshire as it was the first time that the women’s race followed the exact same route as the men’s.

Otley was a particularly memorable start location as the race featured Lizzie Deignan (then Armitstead) who was born in the town and was racing in the Tour for the first time. Although Lizzie didn’t win the 2016 edition, she did so in emphatic style the following year as the race finished in Harrogate.

For more information regarding the full route of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, please see: https://www.yorkshire.com or on Twitter: @letouryorkshire