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Tour de Yorkshire route announced


The 2017 edition starts in Bridlington and heads over the climbs of Garrowby Hill and Goathland, and along the coast before a finish in Scarborough. As in previous editions of the race, the first day could well be critical in the competition for the leader’s jersey, with coastal winds a likely factor in the spring conditions.

Stage 2 starts in Tadcaster, with the finish in Harrogate, where a stage of the Tour de France finished in 2014, and the location where Mark Cavendish crashed out of the race. The stage will again finish in Parliament Square, with another bunch sprint expected.

The third stage - 194.5km in length – has been nicknamed as ‘The Yorkshire Terrier’ and has the toughest stage profiles of the race. Starting in Bradford City Park the race takes in part of the route from the 2014 Tour de France before dipping into the Yorkshire Dales. There are eight categorised climbs in total before a tough 22km finishing circuit.

Stage Three includes Shibden Wall which is just not fun. Looks like a tough race.