“We will raise the bar for all future hosts with our Cultural Festival 100 days before the race, two stunning stages and a legacy that leaves a cycling imprint on the county which lasts for generations,” he said.
Verity also announced plans were afoot to put on an official grand depart sportive. This will be in addition to the Etape du Tour, which will take place on 20 July using the route of stage 18 of the Tour de France.
Tour director Christian Prudhomme – who wore a yellow Le Tour Yorkshire lapel badge for the presentation – added his voice of support to the British element of the French race. “We are excited to take Le Tour back to Britain again,” he said. “I know the grand départ in Yorkshire will be visually stunning and technically challenging and the third stage from the cycling city of Cambridge to the historic heart of London will provide a fitting finale.”