Get set! Tour de Yorkshire comes to Redcar and Cleveland

Photograph: Stuart Boulton.

One of the UK’s biggest sporting events – the Tour de Yorkshire – is coming to Redcar and Cleveland.

The borough has been chosen to host a stage of the cycle race in 2020

“This is a major coup for our borough,” said leader of the council, Sue Jeffrey.

“The last Tour de Yorkshire (TDY) attracted 2.6 million spectators and had 12.5 million TV viewers so this is a fantastic opportunity to show off our beautiful borough to the world.”

The race brought an estimated £98m into the Yorkshire economy earlier this year and a special announcement has been made that it will come to Redcar and Cleveland in 2020.

The area will host a stage of what has become a huge sporting event capable of attracting world class cycling stars. This year former World Champion, Mark Cavendish MBE, took part and the race was won by Olympic gold medallist, Belgian Greg Van Avermaet.

Councillor Jeffrey added: “I have been working to bring the Tour to our area since I became Leader so it was a great moment to learn that we have been chosen for 2020.

“The race will be a huge attraction and will give us a chance to showcase our borough and give our businesses a real boost.

“I would urge people from across the country and beyond to book their visit now – not only will they see some of the world’s biggest cycling stars but they will also be able to experience the great places and people that make up the mighty Redcar and Cleveland.”

Councillor Carl Quartermain, cabinet member for culture, tourism and communications, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to host this event in Redcar and Cleveland and to show off the sheer beauty of our borough to a worldwide television audience.

“It has been one of my manifesto priorities since 2015 to bring the race to the area and one that will be excellent for our growing tourism economy.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who has worked so hard over the past three years to ensure Redcar and Cleveland always remained within the conversation and in the psyche of organisers for this internationally-renowned event.”