15:45 12 December 2016
The organisers of 2019 Road World Championship has chosen Harrogate to host the event. UCI, the governing body, is expected to ratify the decision in January, 2017.
Harrogate hosted the finish to stage one when Yorkshire staged the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France.
Chief executive Gary Verity said: "Riders and teams are thinking of coming to Yorkshire, getting used to Yorkshire, because they know some of these roads will be used in 2019.
"We also know that at some point the Tour de France will come back, so riders want to stay close to this county because they know there's going to be a lot of cycling here."
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