THIS year’s Tour de Yorkshire boosted the county’s economy by £60 million, according to organisers.

The figure is revealed in independent research released this week. A total of 1.96 million spectators lined the routes over the four days of action between May 2 and May 5. The economic impact study - conducted by independent research company GRASP and compiled by Leeds Beckett University - found the overall income generated was £59,852,029.

The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire and Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race were viewed across the globe by a record-breaking audience of 28 million.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Director Peter Dodd said: “We’re really pleased with these numbers, especially the recording breaking TV viewing figures which are more than double last year. There is no other event which showcases all four corners of the county to a worldwide audience on a scale like this. Sixty million pounds, although a drop on last year with challenging weather conditions proving a factor, still represents a massive boost to the Yorkshire economy.”