Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 15.13.57Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “It is a huge honour for Middlesbrough to host the start of the final stage of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire.

“The town will provide a fantastic backdrop for this truly world-class event and we look forward to welcoming cycling fans from far and wide to what will be a memorable spectacle.

“The theme for the stage is a celebration of our proud links with Captain James Cook and this is an opportunity to share that heritage with a whole new audience.

“Crowds on the day and a huge television audience will have a chance to see some of the biggest names in cycling as they make their way through the town before tackling a really challenging route to Scarborough.

“Between now and next May we will working with a number of partners to lay on a series of events as excitement mounts ahead of the main event.”