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Tour de Yorkshire peloton, by SWPix.com
The route of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 was announced on 2nd December 2016. The stages are Bridlington to Scarborough (Stage 1), Tadcaster to Harrogate (Stage 2), and Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield (Stage 3).
North Sea coast & Robin Hood's Bay
Stage 1 of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire is 173km from Bridlington to Scarborough, via the Yorkshire Wolds and the North York Moors. It takes place on Friday 28th April 2017. After the start in Bridlington, it heads west to Driffield, then Pocklington, for the first intermediate sprint. It then turns north, and takes in the categorised climb of Garrowby Hill, before continuing to Malton and Pickering.
In the North York Moors National Park, the riders climb the Côte de Goathland, then descend to Whitby, where there's another intermediate sprint.
Whitby harbour, by Hedgehog Cycling
The route is then south along the North Sea coast via Hawkser to Robin Hood's Bay. There's a climb out of Robin Hood's Bay, then the riders continue south via Cloughton and Burniston to Scarborough, and the traditional finish at North Bay.
Intermediate sprints: Pocklington & Whitby
Climbs: Côte de Garrowby Hill, Côte de Goathland, Côte de Robin Hood's Bay
Read more about Stage 1, Tour de Yorkshire 2017.
Shaw Mills, by Hedgehog Cycling
Stage 2 of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday 29th April 2017 starts on the newly reopened Tadcaster Bridge (damaged by flooding in winter 2016). It heads north west to Boston Spa, Wetherby, Kirk Deighton, North Deighton, and Little Ribston, then on to a Knaresborough - an echo of part of the route of Stage 1, Tour de Yorkshire 2016.
Waterside Knaresborough, by Hedgehog Cycling
The first intermediate sprint is in Knaresborough, then the stage continues via Ripley, Bedlam, Burnt Yates, and Summer Bridge to Pateley Bridge. From there, the peloton will take a picturesque route past Gouthwaite reservoir to Lofthouse, and up a steep climb called the Côte de Lofthouse. Then, it's on past Leighton reservoir to Masham. Between Masham and Ripon, the route via West Tanfield and North Stainley is that of Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2014.
The Old Coach House, North Stainley, by Hedgehog Cycling
From Ripon, the riders go via Fountain's Abbey, then approach Harrogate from the north, through the villages of Bishop Thornton, Shaw Mills, Clint, Birstwith, and Hampsthwaite. They'll join the A59, which takes them to the New Park (or Little Wonder) roundabout. Then it's a repeat of the finish of Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France - into Harrogate on the A61, and up Parliament Street to a finish line beyond Betty's, in front of the Hotel du Vin.
Betty's & Parliament Street, Harrogate, by Hedgehog Cycling
Intermediate sprints: Knaresborough, Ripon
Climbs: Côte de Lofthouse
Read more about Stage 2, Tour de Yorkshire 2017.
Descent to Midhopestones on Stage 3, Tour de Yorkshire 2017, by Hedgehog Cycling
Stage 3 of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday 30th April 2017 starts at Bradford City Park, and goes north to Saltaire and Shipley, then up Hollins Hill to Guiseley and Menston. From there, the route is to Burley-in-Wharfedale, where it follows part of the Tour de France 2014 Stage 1 route to Ilkley, then continues north to Addingham, Bolton Bridge, and Bolton Abbey.
The riders will continue north to Burnsall, then turn back south via Cracoe to Skipton. They carry on south to Silsden, and here the route echoes Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France. It takes in a climb of the Côte de Silsden, and goes via Riddlesden to Keighley, then on to Haworth (where there's also a categorised climb). Then it's on to Oxenhope, the Côte de Leeming, Queensbury, and the Côte de Shibden Wall just before Halifax.
Stage 3 winds its way via Brighouse, Cleckheaton, Birstall, and Liversedge, then heads south to Holmfirth. It takes in Milhouse Green and Penistone, then joins a finishing circuit: there's a sprint at Stocksbridge, then climbs at Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height, and Midhopestones. The finishing line is in Stocksbridge (Fox Valley, Sheffield).
Intermediate sprints: Clifton, Stocksbridge
Climbs: Côtes de Silsden, Haworth, Leeming, Shibden Wall, Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height, & Midhopestones
Read more about Stage 3, Tour de Yorkshire 2017.
28th April 2017
As Stage 1 of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire gets under way to day, Caleb Ewan is hoping for an excellent performance.
The Orica-Scott rider has six wins to his credit already this season, and is using the Tour de Yorkshire as preparation for the Giro d'Italia. He is targeting the Stage 2 finish in Harrogate, which should be a contest among the sprinters.
Ewan said, 'I'm feeling good for the Tour de Yorkshire. Having not raced in a month, there is always a little bit of an unknown in terms of racing form, but I feel good in training and I'm hoping to feel good throughout the race. Saturday is the day that looks most likely for a sprint, so that's the one I am most focused on.'
18th April 2017
Some of the big-name riders set to take part in this year's Tour de Yorkshire have been announced.
In the men's Tour, they include Luke Rowe, Owain Doull, and Jonathan Dibben (Team Sky); sprinters Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto Jumbo), and Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott); British champion Adam Blythe; and 2016 winner Thomas Voeckler.
Stars of the women's circuit on the start line for the women's one-day race include Lizzie Deignan, her Boels-Dolmans teammate Anna van der Breggen, Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High 5), Kirsten Wild (Cylance Pro Cycling), and British champion Hannah Barnes.
16th April 2017
The jerseys for the different competitions within the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 have been revealed.
The leader of the General Classification will wear a blue jersey, sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire. The pink jersey is for the the King and Queen of the Mountains competition (sponsored by Virgin Trains). The green jersey if for the Sprint Classification (sponsored by Yorkshire Bank). The grey jersey goes to the Most Agressive Rider (sponsored by Dimension Data).
12th April 2017
ITV4's advert for the Tour de Yorkshire features 85-year-old chairman of Scarborough Paragon Cycling Club, Brian Musson.
21st March 2017
Tour de Yorkshire peloton, by SWPix.com
The men's and women's teams taking part in the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire have been announced. There are to be 18 men's teams, and 18 women's teams.
Teams taking part in the men's Tour include BMC Racing, Orica-Scott, Dimension Data, Lotto NL-Jumbo, Sky, and One Pro Cycling. A national Team GB team will also participate. Women's teams include Boels Dolmans, Cervelo-Bigla, and Ale Cipollini.
Sir Gary Verity said, 'This is the largest field we have ever assembled and the quality of it reflects the high esteem in which our race is held. Having the very best teams in the business coming to Yorkshire is a massive coup, but it is also important to us that British-based teams have the opportunity to pit themselves against the world's finest riders. Teams want to compete at the Tour de Yorkshire as they know they will be guaranteed massive crowds, exciting racing and an electric atmosphere.'
9th March 2017
Lizzie Deignan, photo courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire
Lizzie Deignan (née Armitstead) is to take part in the women's Tour de Yorkshire 2017, it was announced today.
Deignan will ride for her Boels-Dolmans team. She said, 'I'm really excited to be riding the Asda Women's Tour de Yorkshire again and am looking forward to being back on home turf...It's a more challenging route this year and that's one of the great things about the Tour de Yorkshire, that we're able to compete on the exact same roads as the men.'
Sir Gary Verity said, 'Lizzie is one of Yorkshire's top cycling talents and we're thrilled that she'll be taking part in the race.'
1st March 2017
Artist Lucy Pittaway, & Sir Gary Verity, photo courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire
Lucy Pittaway is to be the official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire 2017, for the second consecutive year. The Richmond-based pastel artist will create a piece to capture the spirit of the race, and it will be unveiled at Welcome to Yorkshire's Y17 event at York Theatre Royal on 21st March 2017.
The six host towns of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 were announced on 25th October 2016. They are Bradford, Bridlington, Harrogate, Scarborough, Sheffield, and Tadcaster.
The stage routes will be announced in December, and it will then be clear which of the host towns are at the start of a stage, and which are at the finish. The race itself is from 28th to 30th April 2017.
Thomas Voeckler won the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, which attracted about 2 million roadside spectators.
There are three different routes available for participants in the Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive on Sunday 30th April. The Fox Valley shopping centre in Stocksbridge is the start and finish point for all the routes.
Around 5,000 cyclists are expected to take part, and they'll ride much of the Stage 3 route which the professionals will tackle later the same day.
The routes are 45, 75, and 100km.
The first details about the 2019 UCI World Championship in Yorkshire are emerging. All the races will finish in Harrogate, with starts in different places in Yorkshire. The Tour de Yorkshire editions between now and 2019 will be dress rehearsals for the World Championships. Scarborough is likely to feature heavily in the Tour de Yorkshire and the 2019 event. Read about the UCI World Championships 2019 in Yorkshire.
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