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New Yorkshire race confirmed

The organisers of the Tour de France will help to stage an international three-day cycle race in Yorkshire from 2015, it has been confirmed.

Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), British Cycling and tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire are set sign an agreement on Thursday evening to work together on the project.

The announcement was made at an event in Harrogate to mark 100 days until Yorkshire hosts the start of this year's Tour de France.

The name, dates and potential route of the new race are yet to be determined.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, which was behind the county's successful bid to host the Tour's Grand D?rt this July, said: "We are working closely with the ASO and British Cycling to continue the lasting legacy of Yorkshire's Grand D?rt by delivering this new race for Yorkshire from 2015, which will rank as a major new addition to the global cycling calendar.

"It has the potential to take in wider parts of the county and we look forward to announcing more details in due course."

The race is expected to be made up of four stages, with a split first day comprising of a time trial in the morning and then a road stage in the afternoon.

It could occupy a similar status in the professional calendar to the Criterium International, a two-day, three-stage race held in France that was won last year by Chris Froome.

This year's Tour de France starts with two stages in Yorkshire - from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5 and York to Sheffield on July 6 - and then a third stage from Cambridge to London on July 7.