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Yorkshire could host three-stage race

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Yorkshire could host a three-stage race on the back of the Tour de France, which is set to run from May 2015.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity has revealed they are in talks with the race organisers to host what could be a time trial and a short road race.

Chris Froome will kick off the defence of his crown in Leeds, the venue for the beginning of the 2014 Tour de France on July 5, with an opening stage to Harrogate, and then a second stage taking place from York to Sheffield.

And Tour organiser Christian Prudhomme said: "We want to do something. We want something to remain after the Grand Départ has happened."

Speaking to The Guardian, Verity confirmed that a date in May in 2015 is likely to see Yorkshire become a part of the cycling calendar.

"We will look to spread the event around Yorkshire so that places that haven't received the Tour this year will get the benefit," he said. "It will be the same UCI ranking as the Critérium International, and with ASO involved the quality of the riders and teams will be of the highest standard."

Cycle sport and membership director of British Cycling Jonny Clay also added: "We need to be assured that all new international event applications meet a number of criteria. They include legacy and sustainability so we're not just looking for events which are successful in the short term but over many years and with obvious benefits to the wider cycling community."

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