‘Time to plan’ for climax of Tour as it heads for Leeds

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The first ever Tour de Yorkshire cycle race will reach its climax in Roundhay Park on May 3 between 4.30pm and 5pm.

The start and finish times of the highly-anticipated three-day cycling race, which has been hailed as a key part of the legacy of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, have been announced by race organisers.

The major international race will feature three stages including the Bridlington to Scarborough opener on May 1, stage two from Selby to York on May 2 and the final stage from Wakefield to Leeds the following day.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire which is co-organising the event with Tour de France owners Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), says the announcement will help the region plan ahead.

“Fans, spectators and businesses can now begin to plan their weekend, where to watch and how to get the best out of the event,” he said. “This is going to be an extremely exciting three days for Yorkshire.”

Stage one from Bridlington to Scarborough will ceremonially start on May 1 at 11.45am outside the Bridlington Spa before riders sprint, climb and coast to Scarborough.

The second stage will start from Selby Abbey at 11.20am the following day as the peloton makes its way to York.

Stage three, from Wakefield to Leeds, will ceremonially start on May 3 at 12.15pm outside Wakefield Cathedral before the official start at Agbrigg Road on the A61 at 12.30pm.

Riders will take on the Holmfirth climb at 1.28pm, Scapegoat Hill at 1.51pm, then climb through Hebden Bridge and then Goose Eye before a sprint through Ilkley at 3.39pm. The Cow and Calf climb will follow at 3.42pm before riders take on the Chevin at 3.59pm, power through Arthington and finish in Roundhay Park between 4.30pm and 5pm.

The race, a 2.1 European Tour UCI classified event, will be broadcast to 70 countries.

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The debut Tour de Yorkshire has been organised to help continue the cycling spirit of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart.

It has been organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and Tour de France owners Amaury Sport Organisation.

Around one million roadside spectators are expected to watch the Tour de Yorkshire.

Local councils and private sponsors are funding the event, which also received £300,000 of backing for marketing from Government in February.

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