Olé ... Spanish Tour de Yorks?
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.