Scarborough will once again host the dramatic conclusion to a day's racing in the Tour de Yorkshire.
It was announced this morning that the first leg of the 2017 tour on Friday April 28 will start in Bridlington and end in Scarborough.
The race takes the peloton from the coast through the Yorkshire Wolds, starting outside the refurbished Bridlington Spa and heading into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint.
The classified climbs up the Côtes de Garrowby Hill and Goathland will get the legs pumping before the race hits the coastline again at Whitby where the riders will get a great view of the world-famous Abbey as they contest the second sprint of the day.
The route continues on to Robin Hood’s Bay for the third and final climb and then it’s full steam into Scarborough for the now-legendary finish along North Bay.
The route is similar to that of the inaugural tour in 2015 and marks the third year running that Scarborough will host the finish.
The race will also take in Sleights, Pickering, Malton and Kirby Misperton.
Sir Gary Verity said: “I can’t wait to see the world’s best riders tackling these routes. We’ve worked hard to design a course which showcases Yorkshire’s stunning scenery as well as delivering a thrilling sporting event.
“Last year the race attracted 2 million spectators and generated £60 million for the local economy, and we’ll go from strength to strength again next year."
Christian Prudhomme said: “I always enjoy coming to Yorkshire and the county certainly knows how to put on a show. I am excited by what this year’s route has in store and am sure it will provide three days of fantastic racing.”
Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said: “Host town status for the third year running and now a third stage finish in as many years; we couldn’t have asked for any better than that. It really is brilliant news!
“It’s also lovely to see that our friends in Bridlington will be starting off the race in style at the beginning of the day. This mirrors the inaugural start finish for Stage One in 2015 and I know together, we’ll be pulling out all the stops to showcase the Yorkshire coast at its very best.”
Cllr Andrew Jenkinson, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Culture, added: “We are delighted that the Borough of Scarborough has once again been chosen to play such a significant part in Tour de Yorkshire. We know we’re very lucky to have another chance to showcase the wonderful places and people that make the Yorkshire coast great to a global audience and be part of one of the biggest races on the professional cycling calendar.”