Thousands snap up all York Tour de France tickets within hours

All 20,000 free tickets to view the start of stage two of the Tour de France from York Racecourse were snapped up within hours of their release.

From being made available to the general public from 9am this morning, around 3,000 were taken in the first hour and by 1.30pm all 20,000 were allocated for the send off for riders on July 6.

As the countdown to the world famous cycle race continues, Coun Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, has branded the response from fans as “amazing”.

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She said: “It just shows what an appetite there is for this, the world’s largest single sporting event, in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

“We’re very grateful to York Racecourse for the great job they did issuing the tickets.

“We’re being asked about the possibility of more tickets being released. Everyone’s safety has to be the priority and we have to consider the quality of their experience, so a decision will be made later in spring.

“Meanwhile there are still many, many more opportunities to enjoy the race around the city which are yet to be announced.”

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Anyone finding they no longer need their tickets or have spare, are requested to contact the racecourse for the booking to be cancelled and the ticket reallocated.

Stage two of the Tour on Sunday July 6 starts in York before passing Knaresborough, Harrogate, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield and Holmfirth with the finish in Sheffield.

It will follow the first stage on Saturday July 5, which begins in Leeds and passes through Otley, Ilkley, Skipton, Hawes, Reeth, Masham and Ripon before finishing in Harrogate.

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