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SCARBOROUGH Borough Council’s tourism chief has restated Welcome to Yorkshire’s commitment to bring the Tour de France to the Yorkshire coast.

The Tour de France is the world’s largest cycling event and, speaking at a Northern Area Committee meeting on 19 July, head of tourism and culture Brian Bennett confirmed that negotiations are ongoing.

Detailed talks have been in place for a number of months for Yorkshire to host the opening stages, the Grand Départ, of the 2016 race.

The route submitted for consideration would see Leeds city centre as the starting destination, with competitors weaving their way east to the coast via York and the North York Moors.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “I can reveal that Yorkshire’s bid has been positively received by the organising committee at this stage.

“Yorkshire is a world-class destination experienced at successfully hosting world-class events and we believe it will provide the perfect backdrop to the world’s greatest cycling race.”

If successful, the county would benefit from tens of millions of pounds of extra visitor spend and be the focus of a worldwide television audience of over two billion people.