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Scarborough and Bridlington have been selected to take part in the first ever Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race to be held on May 1 to 3.

Full details of the route will be revealed on January 21, but the race is expected to become a flagship cycling event with an outstanding place in the international calendar including international teams.

The event is being held by Welcome to Yorkshire supported by British Cycling and in conjunction with Amaury Sport Organisation. Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, said: “I am delighted we are returning to Yorkshire where we saw the grandest ever Grand Depart for the Tour de France.”

More than three million people turned out to the see the race in Yorkshire.

Cllr Tom Fox, Scarborough Council leader, said: “We are extremely proud that Scarborough has been chosen to hold the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, and we look forward to working with all partners to deliver a truly world class event here on the Yorkshire coast.”

Speaking at the launch yesterday, David Jeffels, a representative of the British Resorts and Destination Association. said: “I am thrilled that the route will include Ryedale and its special countryside. It will be a huge boost for Ryedale tourism and accommodation. It will be excellent for the area, racegoers and for those people who see it on television.”

And Carl Les, deputy leader of north Yorkshire County Council, added: “There is no doubt the Tour de France was a huge boost for North Yorkshire during its visit earlier this year and we are keen to support this new race which will further strengthen the region’s economy.”

Update: Excitement is building after the key locations were announced that will host a start or finish line for the first ever Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race.

Bridlington, Leeds, Scarborough, Selby, Wakefield and York will all host a prestigious start or finish of the new UCI-approved 2.1 Europe Tour race.

The race, which will be held on 1-3 May (Friday to Sunday), is expected to become a flagship cycling event in the UK in 2015 and an outstanding cycle race in the international calendar, including the participation of top international teams. It will be broadcast live on national TV and throughout Europe.

The full route details, including what role these key locations will play, will be revealed on January 21, on the 100 days to go to the race.

The Tour de Yorkshire is a new race being held by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY), supported by British Cycling.

A recent independent report found the Grand Départ of the Tour de France generated over £100m for the Yorkshire economy and we are confident this new race will further raise the profile of our county and attract visitors - helping businesses big and small.

A mass sportive with several distances will be held on day three (3 May). The Tour de Yorkshire Ride is the unique opportunity for sportive riders in the UK to experience the Tour de France legacy and to pave the way for the pro riders. The sportive will take place on the same day and roads as the 3rd and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire pro ride. Some of the riders and roads used were also in action at the Yorkshire Grand Départ 2014. Three distances and a women only Cycletta will also be available. Keep up to date at www.letouryorkshire.com and on Twitter @letouryorkshire