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Yorkshire cycling bosses in talks to host start of Vuelta a España

The start of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire's stage three in Richmond. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Yorkshire cycling bosses are in discussions to bring the Vuelta a España to the region, Sir Gary Verity has confirmed.

La Vuelta - also known as the Tour of Spain - is one of three of cycling's prestigious grand tours alongside the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia.

It has emerged the Spanish stage race's director Javier Guillén was a guest of Welcome to Yorkshire for the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire on Thursday.

Speaking at the start of the Tour de Yorkshire's third stage in Richmond today, Sir Gary confirmed talks were underway over the possibility of hosting the start of La Vuelta in the White Rose.

We would love to start the Vuelta here, it's kind of Spanish weather isn't it. It would work really well, we've got a great relationship with Javier Guillén who's the director of the Vuelta who will ultimately make the choice as to the routes and the starts and we will continue those discussions - but I think it would be wonderful if one day the grand tour of Spain could start in Yorkshire.

I think it's very realistic, the time from is down to Javier not me.

– Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

It would be the latest cycling coup for the county, sparked by Yorkshire successfully hosting the 2014 Tour de France's Grand Depart.

Both the Tour de Yorkshire's men's and women's races have been extended by a day each this year, while Yorkshire will host the UCI Road World Championships next year - becoming the first British host venue for the event in 37 years.

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