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Date TimeSeptember 21, 2019
VoiceThe Yorkshire town becomes the centre of world cycling for the next nine days as the UCI Road World Championships represent the sport’s biggest extravaganza in the UK to dateIn world cycling terms all roads lead to Harrogate this week but in the context of British cycling they have led there for the last quarter‑century. The UCI Road World Championships opened on Saturday with the para-cycling international and over the next eight days the worlds are set to outstrip two hugely successful Tour de France starts in 2007 and 2014, in London and Yorkshire, in both duration and spectator numbers.
Lizzie Deignan heads GB’s World Championships charge in Harrogate
The first road world championships in the UK in 37 years are the culmination of a process that began with the Tour de France’s two-day visit in 1994, in front of millions of spectators along the south coast from Dover to Portsmouth. Landmarks along the way include a plethora of Olympic medals, the relaunch of the Tour of Britain in 2004, those Tour starts, the foundation of Team Sky in 2010 and the inception of the Women’s Tour in 2014 and the Tour de Yorkshire a year after that.

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