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Tour de Yorkshire aims to add fourth day for 2018

Joseph Delves
2 May 2017

Race looking to expand with an additional day for both men’s and women’s events

The Tour de Yorkshire, which took place over the recent Bank Holiday weekend is petitioning the UCI to be allowed to expand, with the addition of an extra day of racing. With the inaugural running having taken place in 2015, the initial race capitalised on the popularity of cycling in the wake of previous year's Tour de France visit to region.

Since then it’s grown to become one of the UK’s premiere stage races.

Rated as a 2.1 event as part of the UCI Europe Tour, it regularly attracts a host of WorldTour teams including Team Sky, Dimension Data and Katusha-Alpecin, along with over two million roadside spectators.

Besides the men’s racing the single-day women’s event also attracts a strong international field, with this year’s edition won by local rider and Olympic medalist and former World Champion Lizzie Deignan.

The Tour de Yorkshire organisers claim the addition of an extra day is necessary to also allow the women’s event to expand to cover two days.

Head of Welcome to Yorkshire, Sir Gary Verity, told the BBC: 'I think it's really important for the sustainability of the race going forward to have a fourth day and to enable us to do two days for the women's cycling as well.'

However, with the racing calendar already packed, they’ll be reliant on the UCI and British Cycling both supporting their bid.

To this end they’ve started the #4Yorkshire campaign on Twitter to drum up support. Previously, British Cycling had rejected the organisers request to expand the race to four days, perhaps mindful of the event potentially overshadowing the eight day Tour of Britain.

Regardless of the event gaining an extra day, British Cycling has previously expressed the belief that the current three day format shouldn't provide a bar to simultaneously expanding the women’s race.

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