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Tour de Yorkshire 2016 in Craven

Settle hosted the finish of Stage One of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 on Friday 29th April - pictures, highlights video and report here!

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The Tour de Yorkshire took place over the May Day bank holiday weekend from Friday 29th April - Sunday 1st May 2016, with Stage One finishing in the beautiful town of Settle.

Thousands of people turned out to cheer the riders home as they sprinted through the town. Residents and businesses decorated the streets and giant yellow letters spelling out 'Settle' were put up on the Castleberg crag high above the town.

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Paul Shevlin, chief executive of Craven District Council, said: "This has been a wonderful event - Settle and the surrounding villages have really risen to the occasion. The weather has been challenging at times but the people of Settle have done themselves proud and the sun even shone for the finish.

"We've shown the world once again what a fantastic district Craven really is, with its glorious countryside and warm, welcoming communities. The race has been broadcast in over 150 countries around the world and I'm sure Settle and the surrounding area will benefit from this investment and focus on the north of Craven for years to come."

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Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, attended a 'thank you' reception organised by Craven District Council at Settle Cricket Club, straight after the race finish.

He said: "I've been coming to Settle since I was a lad and I've never seen it looking so good. Everyone has done the most fantastic job. Settle looked a picture and these images are going round the world to 178 countries. Settle is now world-famous! I hope it has a long term benefit for the town; I hope people carry on coming to Settle and spending their money in the shops and restaurants, and realise what a special place it is."

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Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, also came to the reception and told the local volunteers, council officers and dignitaries: "Bravo Settle! Merci Settle! Vous etes formidable!"

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The race is a flagship cycling event in the UK and an outstanding cycle race in the international calendar, with the participation of top international teams.  The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire was held in May 2015 and attracted one and a half million spectators and over six million global television viewers.