YP Comment: Deserved triumph for Tadcaster

Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA WirePhoto credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
FROM the 15 towns and cities which bid to host the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire to the six lucky locations confirmed yesterday, there is one standout winner: Tadcaster.

A town which made global headlines 
last winter when its historic bridge was washed away at the height of the floods, cutting the community in half and then being ignored until an embarrassed Government was shamed into action, what better way to signify Tadcaster’s resurgence than the spectacle of the peloton crossing the river Wharfe?

With bridge repairs still underway, the race will show to the watching world that Tadcaster is not just open for business but back on the tourist map. And that, in many respects, is what makes the Tour de Yorkshire so special – it enables communities, large and small, to be part of a sporting event that not only brings priceless publicity, but which will only grow in prestige ahead of the 2019 World Championships in this great county.