Sir Bradley Wiggins has agreed to extend his Team Sky contract until the end of April, when he will ride the Paris-Roubaix 2015.
The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire will go one better than this year's memorable Tour de France Grand Depart in at least one respect, with the route set to include the region's coastline.
Cricketer Matt Prior - criticised for his passion for cycling by his former England team-mate Kevin Pietersen - has Tour de France ambitions for the new professional team he has co-founded.
The Tour de France's visit to the UK this summer was watched by crowds totalling 4.8 million people and generated around £128million, according to a report.
Chris Froome, who is training in South Africa, has revealed he will begin his 2015 season at the Ruta del Sol in Spain in February.
The Team Sky leader said: "I've enjoyed my time off, and now I am concentrating on preparing myself mentally and physically for the season ahead.
"I've started training in the warm weather in South Africa where I have been able to get some decent miles in on the bike."
Team Sky's Chris Froome will target the 2015 Tour de France after all, having initially suggested he was not keen on the race.
Mark Cavendish will make his competitive debut next season in Argentina, at the Tour de San Luis, from 19th-25th January.
The Tour was also Cavendish's first race in an Omega Pharma - Quick-Step jersey in 2013.
Vincenzo Nibali will be back to defend his Tour de France title when the race begins in Utrecht on July 4 and he admits he is unlikely to target a Giro-Tour double.