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The Tour de Yorkshire 2016 takes place on Friday 29th & Saturday 30th April, and Sunday 1st May 2016. Read our guide to the three stages - Stage 1, Beverley to Settle, Stage 2, Otley to Doncaster, and Stage 3, Middlesbrough to Scarborough - and read all the latest news of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016.
The Tour de Yorkshire has produced a Spectator Guide, which includes rather a nice map showing the routes of the three stages.
Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, on Friday 29th April 2016, begins in Beverley, and races towards Tadcaster, Boston Spa, Wetherby, and Knaresborough, continues via Ripley, past Brimham Rocks, to Pateley Bridge, Greenhow Hill, Grassington, Gargrave, and Long Preston, then on to the finish in Settle. It will take in some of the 2014 Tour de France route.
It's a race that starts on flat terrain, which might encourage an early break. The second half of the day is hillier, and should see the strongest overall contenders fighting it out. The stage distance is 185km.
Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, on Saturday 30th April 2016, starts in Otley, and heads east to Harewood, before going south via Sherburn-in-Elmet and Monk Fryston to Knottingley and Pontefract; it continues south to South Elmsall and Conisbrough, takes in Tickhill and Bawtry, then turns north for the finish in Doncaster. The stage pays homage to cricketer Fred Trueman, and cyclist Tom Simpson, as it passes through their home towns (Stainton and Harworth respectively).
Women and men will race the same 135km route, with the women starting in the morning, and the men in the early afternoon.
Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, on Sunday 1st May 2016, starts in Middlesbrough, heading south via Northallerton and Thirsk before taking on the steep climb of Sutton Bank, into the North York Moors. The race takes in Helmsely and Kirbymoorside, then Danby, Glaisdale, and Grosmont, before getting to the east coast at Whitby. The route goes to Robin Hood's Bay and East Ayton, before a seafront finish in Scarborough.
The route length is 198km, and there are six classified climbs during the stage.
27th April 2016
Snow fell on the roads of the Tour de Yorkshire yesterday, Tuesday 26th April 2016. The forecast for the weekend looks cold, but slightly better, especially on Saturday, which is forecast to be quite sunny. Read more about snow on the roads of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016...
26th April 2016
There will be rolling road closures for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, most of which will last no more than an hour. However, some roads will be closed for longer, including the start and finish lines, plus some of the climbs. Read more about road closures for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016...
26th April 2016
Team Sky have announced their riders for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016. Their squad includes Peter Kennaugh, Luke Rowe, and last year's winner Lars Petter Nordhaug. Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas will be at the Tour de Romandie instead. Read more about Team Sky announce riders for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016...
25th April 2016
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...
24th April 2016
Lizzie Armitstead's home town of Otley has produced a video to encourage her to victory in the women's Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday. It features the town crier, and many of the owners of the town's businesses saying, 'Allez Lizzie'. In response, Armitstead tweeted, 'No pressure then...Haha thank you to my home town for this video! I'll do my best to put on a good show'.
24th April 2016
There'll be full coverage of the men's Tour de Yorkshire 2016 on ITV4, plus highlights every evening. Eurosport has more limited coverage of the men's Tour de Yorkshire, but will cover the entire women's Tour de Yorkshire 2016 live on the morning of Saturday 30th April 2016. Read about TV coverage of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016...
17th April 2016
Bradley Wiggins is amongst the riders to take part in the Tour de Yorkshire 2016. So far, just some of the participants have been named, and they include Peter Kennaugh and Luke Rowe of Team Sky, and Adam Yates of Orica GreenEdge. Lizzie Armitstead is the headline act in the women's race. Read about riders announced for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016...
23rd March 2016
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 about Armitstead to ride the Tour de Yorkshire 2016...
9th December 2015
The Tour de Yorkshire 2016 route was announced today. Stage 1 is Beverley to Settle, stage 2 Otley to Doncaster, and stage 3 Middlesbrough to Scarborough. Read about the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 route announcement...
10th October 2015
Welcome to Yorkshire has announced the host towns and cities for the 2016 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire. They include Scarborough, Beverley, and Otley. Read more about Tour de Yorkshire 2016 host towns announced...
The towns hosting the start and finish of the three Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stages were announced in October.
There's to be an amateur sportive on the same day as stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire, Sunday 1st May 2016. It will start and finish in Scarborough, and take in part of the stage 3 route, as well as some alternative roads.
There are distances of 40km, 85km, and 115km. There'll be a 1km sea-front sprint finish, with the same finish line that the professionals will cross later in the day, which should mean big crowds and lots of encouragement for the amateur riders. You can register interest in the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 sportive; it is likely to sell out quickly when booking opens.
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