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Host towns announced for 2020 Tour de Yorkshire

Joe Robinson
22 Nov 2019

Four new destinations to host stages next year as Harrogate steps back

Four new cities and towns including Skipton and Huddersfield will debut as stage hosts for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire. Welcome to Yorkshire and race organiser ASO announced on Friday morning the stage start and finishes for the sixth edition of the race that takes place from Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May 2020.

Alongside Skipton and Huddersfield, the coastal town of Redcar and market town of Leyburn have been announced to either host the start or finish of a stage in 2020 for the first time.

Skipton has been a regular fixture for professional cycling, seeing the World Championships, Tour de France and three Tours de Yorkshire pass through its streets, yet this will be its first experience of hosting a stage. Leyburn also hosted the World Championships back in September but will now get the chance to hold a stage.

Redcar, just 11km northeast of Middlesborough, will make its first appearance at the race and also claim the record of the most northerly point the Tour de Yorkshire has ever visited.

The final new location of Huddersfield will also get its first taste of the Tour de Yorkshire despite already seeing the Tour de France pass through in 2014.

Joining the new locations, Halifax, Barnsley and Beverley all return while the usual final finish in Leeds is also set to take place.

True to its word, Harrogate will be absent for the 2020 edition after local authorities and residents decided it 'needed a rest from cycling' after hosting the World Championships earlier this year.

From next year, the Tour de Yorkshire will form part of the UCI ProSeries as a 2.Pro race, a new classification format that sees it gain the highest-possible status for a race outside of the WorldTour. 

Talking at the launch, Peter Dodd of Welcome to Yorkshire spoke of the excitement of announcing brand new stage hosts.

'It’s always exciting to unveil the host locations for the Tour de Yorkshire and this year is no exception. We’re delighted Huddersfield, Leyburn, Redcar and Skipton will each be making their debuts as we’re always striving to bring our race to new parts of this great county,' said Dodd.

'The other locations have already proven themselves as more-than-worthy recipients and we cannot wait to revisit them as well.' 

ASO director Christian Prudhomme continued by praising the race for its rapid growth in a six-year period.

'The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and it is now one of the best attended and most dramatic races on the cycling calendar,' said Prudhomme.

'We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a great team at Welcome to Yorkshire and I know our eight start and finish locations will put on a real show in 2020.'

Host town for the Tour de Yorkshire 2020