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Tour of Britain cycling race to visit Driffield

World-class cycling will return to Driffield in September after it was confirmed that the Capital of the Wolds will be part of stage three of this year’s Tour of Britain, the UK’s biggest cycle race.

Driffield – and potentially many villages in the Wolds Weekly area – will play host to 100 of the world’s best cyclists, including Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, when stage three of the race comes to East Yorkshire on Tuesday 5th September.

It marks the first time since 2017 that Driffield has been part of a major cycling event.

The town was previously part of stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire, with thousands of people lining Middle Street South to watch the cyclists arrive in the town before heading to Kirkburn, North Dalton and Warter.

There has been disappointment in recent years when Driffield played no part in the Tour de Yorkshire.

However, the scenes of 2017 will now be repeated when the cyclists arrive in Driffield, having started the stage on Boothferry Road in Goole.

As well as Driffield, the race will pass through Howden, Market Weighton, Bridlington and Hornsea, ahead of the finish at Beverley Racecourse, all of which will be shown live on ITV4.

It’s the first time the Tour of Britain has passed through the East Riding since 2008, however, Beverley and Bridlington have hosted the Tour de Yorkshire and the UCI para-cycling event in 2019.

“I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce that the East Riding will be hosting a full stage of the Tour of Britain and really excited that Goole has been selected as a start location,” said Councillor Anne Handley, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

“It will be fabulous, not just for the people of Goole to get involved with such a prestigious race but for people across the East Riding and what a fantastic opportunity to show not just the UK, but the world, what a beautiful place we live.”

Driffield Mayor, Gillian Helliwell said “We are thrilled that we have been selected as one of the stages of The Tour of Britain.

“It will give a great opportunity to promote the town and its wide range of independent businesses, along with the stunning surroundings of the Wolds as a whole.”

More details of the race, including full stage routes and competing teams, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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