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Sheffield council defends decision not to bid to host Tour de Yorkshire

Unlike Tour de France stage cities Leeds and York, the Steel City won't figure in next year's inaugural edition of legacy event...

Sheffield City Council has defended its decision not to get involved in next year’s inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, saying it wants to give other places in the region the opportunity to host the race.

In July, Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali won Stage 2 of the Tour de France in Sheffield, the first of four stage victories that would help set him up for the overall victory three weeks later.

But unlike Leeds and York, the hosts of the starts of the opening two stages in that race, the Steel City was missing from the list of places that will figure in stage starts and finishes in the Tour de Yorkshire, which runs from 1-3 May.

The race, which is being run by Welcome to Yorkshire and Tour de France organisers ASO with the support of British Cycling, will also visit Bridlington, Leeds, Scarborough and Selby.

The Tour de France bringing an estimated £10 million economic benefit to Sheffield this year.

However, according to the Yorkshire Post, the council’s cabinet member for culture, Isobel Bowler, said: “I can confirm that Sheffield did not submit a bid to be included in next year’s Tour de Yorkshire.

“After this year’s hugely successful Grand Départ Stage 2 finish in Sheffield, we believed it only fair to allow other towns in the region that were unable to host the Tour this year should be able to welcome the new event in 2015.”

She added: “We will be building on the cycling legacy created by hosting the world’s greatest annual sporting event and we wish the new race every success next year.”

Full details of the route of the new race will be unveiled on 21 January, 100 days before it starts.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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