Yorkshire to host cycling's road world championships in 2019

DOHA, Qatar (AP) The northern English county of Yorkshire will host cycling's road world championships in 2019.

The International Cycling Union made the announcement on Wednesday, during the 2016 road worlds in Doha.

Yorkshire hosted the opening two stages of the Tour de France in 2014 - Leeds-Harrogate, York-Sheffield - and has also staged the three-day Tour de Yorkshire since 2015. Racing will take place across the county during the 2019 road worlds.

The British government is investing 24 million pounds ($29.35 million) in the 2019 event, 15 million pounds ($18.35 million) of which will be used to develop 27 purpose-built cycle-sport facilities across Britain.

''Yorkshire has embraced major cycling events in recent years,'' said Tracey Crouch, Britain's minister for sport, ''and I know the county will put on a fantastic show in 2019.''

The next two road world championships will be held in Bergen, Norway, and Innsbruck, Austria.

The UCI also announced that Berlin, Germany, will host the Track World Championships in 2020.

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