The third Tour de Yorkshire, which visited North Yorkshire on all three days of the race, has been hailed a huge success.
The event, organised by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), Welcome to Yorkshire and supported by North Yorkshire County Council and the district councils, saw the eyes of the world on North Yorkshire for the fourth year running.
North Yorkshire County Council's highways teams, building on the experience of the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014 and the Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 and 2016, worked hard to prepare the race route, ensuring that traffic was kept moving, disruption was kept to a minimum and that the race itself passed without incident.
The Council's Corporate Director for Business and Environmental Services, David Bowe, praised the people who turned out in huge numbers to support the race. ''The Tour de Yorkshire goes from strength to strength - and every year we build on experience from previous years, honing our organisation of road closures, to ensure the least impact to residents and businesses on the route,'' he said.
''We would also like to thank road users for not parking on the route. This can be the cause of a major headache for us on the day, so everyone's co-operation is greatly appreciated. 'We look forward to welcoming the Tour de Yorkshire back to our county again next year when we can build on the success of this year's race and make the most of the economic benefits the race brings.''