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Yorkshire prepares for Tour de France

Ben Swift Photo: Press Association

Some Britain's cycling elite are racing in Yorkshire this weekend in preparation for the Tour de France and the Olympic Games.

The National Road Race Championships are being held at Ampleforth Abbey in Ryedale today. Thousands are expected to line the streets to cheer the riders on, including representatives of Team Sky and rivals who are bidding for the final places in the British Olympic team.

The county has put in a bid to host the Tour de France with officials visiting the region to see some of the landmarks.

This is the perfect send off for us as we prepare to head to Liège. Hosting the prestigious Nationals on the eve of the Olympics will showcase to the world that Yorkshire is a race ready location for the Grand Départ and we will take that message with us to Belgium.

We have the backing of some of British Cycling’s biggest names in Mark Cavendish and Ben Swift, as well as Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy. They know what a great location Yorkshire is for Le Tour and that is the message we are taking to France this summer. Yorkshire is the spiritual home of British cycling and the county is ready to host the Tour de France.

– Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire

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