Tour de Yorkshire set for Dearne debut - but Rotherham misses out

THE TOUR de Yorkshire is en route to the Dearne Valley — but will barely set a handlebar in Rotherham.

Several villages in the Dearne have been included in the route for the 2016 road race, including Barnburgh, Hickleton, Warmsworth and Edlington, while Conisbrough Castle will provide an iconic backdrop sure to be lapped up by TV crews.

But the closest the race route comes to Rotherham is running alongside the east boundary at Stainton, without actually crossing into the borough.

The three day event will begin on Friday, April 29 in Beverley, pass through South Yorkshire on the following day and finish in Scarborough on Sunday, May 1.

The race, which made its debut earlier this year, is paid for by through private and public funding and put on by tourism group Welcome to Yorkshire and Tour de France organisers Amaury Sport Organisation.

See Friday’s Advertiser for reaction to the big announcement.