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Stage 1, Tour de Yorkshire 2016 race report

29th April 2016

Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire was won by Dylan Groenewegen of Lotto Jumbo, in a sprint finish in Settle.

An early crash, just after the flag went down at Beverley racecourse, may have helped the early breakaway of six riders. They were Graham Briggs (JLT Condor), Pete Williams (One Pro Cycling), Sebastien Mora (Raleigh GAC), Jens Wallays (Topsport Vlanderen), Nils Politt (Katusha), and Matt Cronshaw (Madison Genesis). At Middleton-on-the-Wolds, their lead was 2min30, and it settled at nearly 5 minutes.

The first intermediate sprint was at Bubwith. Pete Williams opened up the sprint with 500m, but Mora was first over the line (5 points), with Briggs second, and Politt third.

There was great support from schoolchildren lining the route in Riccal, and lots of spectators in Cawood. Crowds also lined the roads of Tadcaster, Boston Spa, and Thorp Arch.

An RNLI yellow welly in a field at Thorp Arch reminded spectators that the RNLI is the Tour de Yorkshire's charity partner this year.

RNLI yellow welly, Thorp Arch

The feed station was on the outskirts of Wetherby, as the riders headed towards Kirk Deighton. Knaresborough and Ripley both welcomed the Tour enthusiastically. 

The (uncategorised) climb from Bedlam to Burnt Yates split the leading group, with Williams, Politt, and Wallays surviving at the front. Pete Kennaugh, doing domestique duties for Team Sky, led the peloton from Burnt Yates towards Brimham Rocks.

Pete Williams led the front group over the bridge in Pateley Bridge - a group of four, with Mora having made it back. They had more than 2 minutes over the peloton as they began the only categorised climb of the day, the Cote de Greenhow Hill. Spectators wearing woolly hats encouraged them as they ascended in the wind and sun. It turned into a sprint near the summit, with Wallays opening it up, then Pete Williams sprinting to overtake him and crest the climb in first place. Williams will therefore wear the King of the Mountains jersey at the end of the stage.

Coming into Grassington, Williams, the last survivor of the breakaway, was joined by Josh Edmonson (NFTO), Moreno (Raleigh GAC), and Stijn Steels (Topsport Vlanderen). These riders were all caught with 35km to go when Team Sky put the hammer down at the front of the bunch.

The peloton entered Settle for the first time with the riders all together. The final intermediate sprint at Giggleswick Scar was won byAnthony Turgis (Cofidis), with Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) second. Steve Cummings bridged across, then left the two Frenchmen behind. He made it to the outskirts of Settle (for the second time) before being swept up. 

With 1km to go, Lotto Jumbo led the bunch. Dylan Groenewegen of Lotto Jumbo won the sprint for the line, with Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEdge) just unable to find a way through the other riders to the line and finishing second.

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Lizzie Armitstead

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Yarnbomb ducks

Yarn Bomb - ducks in the river, by Twilight Taggers, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

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