Olé ... Span­ish Tour de Yorks?

The Scarborough News - - DAILY CHOICES - by carl gav­aghan carl.gav­aghan@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @carl­gav­aghan

Scar­bor­ough could be in line to host one of the big­gest cy­cling races in the world fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess of the Tour de York­shire. Wel­come to York­shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Sir Gary Ver­ity hopes to bring the Vuelta a Es­paña, one of the sport’s big three Grand Tour races along­side the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, to the county.

Af­ter 2.6 mil­lion peo­ple watched the four days of the Tour de York­shire race, Sir Gary feels the time is right to

just at the fin­ish in North Bay but also in Scalby, South Bay, Peasholm and the ex­cite­ment in Fi­ley.

“We’ve had great crowds be­fore, but I think this year we topped that.

“What also helped this year was the later fin­ish so we had the dra­matic con­clu­sion of Day Three in Scar­bor­ough watched in the evening on ITV4.

“The he­li­copter shots and the area bathed in the sun looked stun­ning and will have been a great ben­e­fit to the town.”

The Vuelta is the third of the year’s Grand Tours and the three-week race usu­ally starts in Au­gust. The Giro d’Italia is raced in May, while the Tour de France takes place in July.

The race has only started out­side Spain on three oc­ca­sions – last year’s event be­gan in Nîmes, France, while the race has also started in Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal, in 1997 and Assen, Nether­lands, in 2009. have the Span­ish race start in the UK and he thinks Scar­bor­ough has put it­self in pole po­si­tion to ben­e­fit.

He told The Scar­bor­ough News: “Scar­bor­ough is now not just an iconic fin­ish lo­ca­tion for UK cy­cling but now for world cy­cling.

“The town, or the coast, would be a great lo­ca­tion for a fin­ish, or a start lo­ca­tion for the Vuelta.”

Javier Guillen, the Vuelta di­rec­tor, was a guest of Sir Gary for parts of the Tour de York­shire and the Wel­come to York­shire chief said “they want to do [a de­part in York­shire], we want to do it”.

Sir Gary added: “We can make sug­ges­tions about lo­ca­tions for the race, but it’s ul­ti­mately Javier’s de­ci­sion about what he thinks is best for the Vuelta.

“What he will have seen though is the amaz­ing crowds we had in Scar­bor­ough, not

‘Scar­bor­ough is now not just an iconic fin­ish lo­ca­tion for UK cy­cling but now for world cy­cling. The town, or the coast, would be a great lo­ca­tion for a fin­ish, or a start lo­ca­tion for the Vuelta’

Main im­age of the rid­ers at Seamer by Ju­lia West. In­set, Sir Gary Ver­ity chats to cy­clist Mark Cavendish at Bev­er­ley. Pic­ture byTony John­son.

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