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Stage 2, Tour de Yorkshire 2016 race report

30th April 2016

Kirsten Wild (Hitec-Products) won the women's Tour de Yorkshire from Otley to Doncaster in a bunch sprint. Planned live TV coverage didn't materialise, as the relay plane was grounded, meaning no pictures were available for broadcast.

Doris Schweizer (Cylance Pro Cycling) went on a long solo breakaway. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) and Leah Kirchmann (Liv Plantur) attacked on the descent from Conisbrough Castle, and caught Schweizer. The three riders had a minute advantage, but the race came back together in the final stages, and Wild was the fastest in the sprint finish.

In the men's race, there was a 6-man breakaway, featuring Richard Handley (One Pro Cycling), Michael Markov (Katusha), Gruffudd Lewis (Madison Genesis), Josh Edmondson and Edmund Bradbury (NFTO), and Stijn Steels (Topsport Vlanderen). They were joined by Nicolas Edet (Cofidis). With 30km to go, only four of the lead group remained. They were caught with 10km left.

The finish was a bunch sprint, won by Danny van Poppel of Team Sky, just in front of Stage 1 winner Dylan Groenewegen.

Dylan Groenewegen is still in the leader's jersey.

Lizzie Armitstead to ride Tour de Yorkshire 2016

23rd March 2016

Lizzie Armitstead

Lizzie Armitstead will ride the women's Tour de Yorkshire 2016, which is the same route as the men's stage 2. It's to be the most lucrative race on the women's cycling calendar. Read more about Armitstead to ride the Tour de Yorkshire 2016...

Thirsk Yarnbombing for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016

25th April 2016

Yarnbomb ducks

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

Thirsk is getting ready for Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 with colourful knitted and crocheted decorations, in what is called a 'yarnbombing'. 300 people were involved in creating the decorations, and fifty of them, dressed in black, but wearing pom-poms, put them up around the town so they were in place on the morning of Sunday 24th April. Read more about Thirsk yarnbombing for the Tour de Yorkshire...

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