VOLUNTEERS have been recruited to welcome spectators to the first-ever Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race in May.

The race, which will also include a women's race to be held in York, will pass through Sutton-in-Craven, Cross Hills, Silsden and Addingham on the third day between Wakefield and Leeds.

Just under 2,000 volunteers will help give a warm Yorkshire welcome to up to one million people that are expected to turn out for the three stages for the race as it weaves its way through the county.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Following the success of the Tour Maker programme last year, we are delighted to be able to welcome back some of the volunteers to help ensure this year’s inaugural Tour de Yorkshire is a fantastic event and everyone gets a warm Yorkshire welcome.”

The race will be shown live on television in the UK and on Eurosport in countries around the world. A huge audience is expected.