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Tour of Britain is heading to town

Beverley Westwood will act as the finish line when 100 of the world’s best cyclists visit the East Riding for the Tour of Britain in September.

Stage three of the race will come to the area on Tuesday 5th September and will include olympic, world and Tour de France champions.

Having started in Goole, the race will pass through several East Yorkshire towns and villages before finishing on the racecourse at the Westwood.

This is the first time East Yorkshire has hosted a stage start and the full route, which includes Howden, Market Weighton, Driffield, Bridlington and Hornsea, will be announced in due course.

It is the first time since 2008 that the Tour of Britain has visited the East Riding, although the area, and Beverley, is no stranger to international cycle races having hosted stage starts for the Tour De Yorkshire and the UCI para-cycling event in 2019.

“I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce that the East Riding will be hosting a full stage of the Tour of Britain,” said Councillor Anne Handley, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

“It will be fabulous, not just for the people of Goole to get involved with such a prestigious race but for people across the East Riding and what a fantastic opportunity to show not just the UK, but the world, what a beautiful place we live.”

Since its return in 2004, the Tour of Britain has become a cornerstone of the UK sporting calendar.

Over 15 million people have watched the event in person, with the race generating over £330 million for the UK economy to date.

Former winners include Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe and Belgian star Wout van Aert, while British cyclist Mark Cavendish holds the record for the most stage victories.

The Tour of Britain 2023 will begin in Greater Manchester on Sunday 3rd September and culminate eight stages later in South Wales on Sunday 10th September.

Along the way the riders will race through Wrexham, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk and Essex.

More details of this year’s race, including full stage routes and competing teams, will be announced in the coming weeks and for more information go to www.tourofbritain.co.uk.

ITV4 will broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage, as well as daily highlights show.

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