Tour de Yorkshire heading to Teesside

The cyclists ride to the finish at Scarborough's North Bay in the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire

The cyclists ride to the finish at Scarborough's North Bay in the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire

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The start and finish points for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire have been announced – and Teesside is included.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive, Sir Gary Verity, today revealed the six towns selected to host a start or finish for next year’s event.

Racing will begin and end in Beverley, Doncaster, Middlesbrough, Otley, Scarborough and Settle.

The three day men’s race will be held between Friday, April 29 and Sunday, May 1. The women’s race will be held on Saturday , April 30.

Sir Gary Verity said: “From the first moments of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, everyone who was there knew it was something special.

“I’m delighted that we are able to bring the 2016 race to all four corners of Yorkshire.

“It is testament to how much the county has taken the race to its heart that we have been oversubscribed for next year’s starts and finishes.

“The Tour de Yorkshire is an event in the cycling calendar that riders want to race in and we look forward to welcoming some of the world’s best riders back to Yorkshire next year.”

The 2015 Tour de Yorkshire was watched by millions around the world in 177 different countries. Almost one million people came to the region to witness the race first hand.

The Tour de Yorkshire was launched to continue the legacy of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart. As part of the event it featured an amateur sportive race, and women’s race which are expected to return in 2016.

The full 2016 race route will be announced in December 2015.