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Record turnout at Tour de Yorkshire 2017

The third day of the race began in Bradford's Centenary Square Credit: ITV News

The final day of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire attracted record crowds to the the region, organisers say.

More than a million people lined the route from Bradford to Fox Valley, near Sheffield, with large crowds gathering in towns including Ilkley, Birstall and Holmfirth.

people came out to watch the event over three days

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, described Sunday's stage as 'epic' - paying tribute to the spectators who came out to make the event a success for the third year running.

We always knew the Tour de Yorkshire would be a success. We knew there'd be an appetite for it, but we were never quite sure how much of a success it would be. To see the crowds out yesterday - it hit home for me when we came through Holmfirth - the crowds there were just immense. Those images are the ones that stick with me.

– Sir Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire

Sir Gary says he has ambitions to extend the event to four days in 2018, including a second day for the women's race, which this year was won by Otley's Lizzie Deignan.

That race will be an opportunity for women's cycling, not just in Britain but globally, to kick on. To have a local winner, it was a perfect script from my point of view.

– Sir Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire
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