Lizzie Deignan, photo courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire
Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 takes place on Thursday 2nd May 2019. It is 178.5km from Doncaster to Selby and is called the Heritage Stage.
Leaving Doncaster, the riders head north to Kirk Smeaton, then east to Snaith, across the river Humber to Howden, and on to Brough and North Ferriby. Then the route continues north to Beverley, and passes through Middleton-on-the-Wolds and North Dalton before going west to Pocklington.
After Elvington, Stage 1 heads south west to Escrick and Cawood; then there will be a charge towards the finish in Selby.
Welcome to Yorkshire have a map of the race route.
Stage 1, Tour de Yorkshire 2019: the start in Doncaster
The first sprint takes place between Brough and Elloughton.
The only categorised climb on what is quite a flat course is Baggaby Hill, between North Dalton and Pocklington.
The second sprint takes place just before the riders arrive in Pocklington.
More to follow.
Tour de Yorkshire peloton, by SWPix.com
Routes and results from the four stages of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.
It grew up around a Roman fort called Danum, built in the C1st AD on the river Don (the site of St George's Minster today). The fort was on a Roman route from Lincoln to York.
Doncaster's charter for a market was granted in 1248. More recently, its population expanded due to coal mining in the area. Coal mining has declined, but Doncaster remains a distribution centre, due to its good transport links. Other industries include glass, and wire rope, manufacture.
Amongst the attractions in Doncaster today are Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, The Dome sports & leisure centre, Cusworth Hall & Country Park, and shopping at Doncaster Market and Frenchgate. The local football team is Doncaster Rovers, and there's a rugby league side, Doncaster RLFC.
Beverley Minster, by Hedgehog Cycling
Beverley is a market town, and the county town of the East Riding of Yorkshire. It has a population of 30,587 people (2011 census).
Beverley was founded around 700AD by St John of Beverley, who was Bishop Of York, and who built a church and founded a monastery here. At the time it was called Inderawuda (in the wood of the men of Deira), but its name was changed to Bevreli (beaver lake). In Anglo-Saxon times, Beverley became one of the most important Christian centres in northern England.
After the Norman conquest, many pilgrims visited Beverley, inspired by stories of miracles associated with John of Beverley. Beverley was also a trading town, selling wool to cloth makers in the Low Countries. By 1377, it was the tenth largest town in England.
Thereafter, Beverley declined gently, albeit it was still the main market town for the surrounding area. While Hull was bombed during World War II, Beverley escaped largely unscathed.
Some of the historic entrances to the town, such as the brick-built bars, were taken down due to an increase in population, but the North Bar remains.
North Bar, Beverley, by Hedgehog Cycling
Beverley has the oldest state school in England, Beverley Grammar School, which was founded by John of Beverley in 700AD. Thomas Percy, who was involved in the gunpowder plot, went there, as did goalie Paul Robinson.
As well as the Minster, which has a tomb containing the bones of John of Beverley, there are two other C of E churches, St Mary's and St Nicholas.
St Mary's church, Beverley, by Hedgehog Cycling
There's also a Roman Catholic church, three Methodist churches, and a Quaker meeting house.
Beverley Market Place, by Hedgehog Cycling
The main market day is Saturday, with a smaller market on Wednesdays. There are plenty of cafés in Beverley, and many (over 40) pubs.
Beverley has a well-known racecourse to the west of the town centre.
Pocklington is a small market town in the Yorkshire Wolds, dominated by the C15th tower of All Saints' church.
In the Middle Ages, Pocklington was a local centre for trading wool. These days, it is home to many commuters to York.
Holme-on-Spalding-Moor - the name of the village, Holme, is Danish in origin, and means 'island', and that's because the village was built on a hill in the marsh that was Spalding Moor.
There was an RAF station here during and after World War II. The USAF occupied it for three years from 1954 to 1957, then it was in private hands until the last tenant, British Aerospace, moved out in 1984.
Howden is a small market town near Goole.
It was given to the Bishop of Durham by William the Conqueror in 1080. The Bishop gave Howden's church to the monks of Durham.
The church was replaced with a Minster, built from 1228 until sometime in the 1400s. It had fallen to ruins by the mid-1700s, but renovations were undertaken in the C20th, and completed in 1932. It has choir stalls by Mousy Thompson.
During World War I, there was an airship station at Howden (RNAS Howden), with airship hangars for airships which provided protection to the east coast from U-boats.
Businesses in Howden include the Press Association, ebuyer.com, and Wren Kitchens.