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Richmond to host start of Tour de Yorkshire stage for the first time

The Tour De Yorkshire route has been announced for 2018. Credit: PA

Richmond will be the starting point of a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire for the first time in 2018.

Stage three will begin in the town and will see the riders follow a 184km 'market town' route, which will take in Catterick Garrison, Wensleydale and the North York Moors before finishing in Scarborough.

This was revealed today when the full route of next year's tour was unveiled.

It will take place between May 3-6 and have a total four stages.

Alongside the Richmond to Scarborough journey these will be Beverley to Doncaster, Barnsley to Ilkley and, finally, Halifax to Leeds.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity said: “It was a proud moment unveiling the full route today. We’ve worked hard to design a dramatic and varied parcours which takes in some of our county’s most spectacular terrain. I’m sure the world’s best riders will relish the challenge it poses and we’ll be treated to a tremendous fourth edition.

“Last year’s race attracted 2.2m spectators and generated £64m for the local economy, and now that is has been extended from three to four days, the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire promises to be the biggest and best one yet.”