Tour de Yorkshire: Thomas Voeckler wins blue jersey in Scarborough

Thomas Voeckler, Direct Energie, crosses the finish line in Scarborough's North Bay to win the stage and take the overall honours from Team Sky's Nico Roche.
 (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Thomas Voeckler, Direct Energie, crosses the finish line in Scarborough's North Bay to win the stage and take the overall honours from Team Sky's Nico Roche. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

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A HUGE crowd cheered French star Thomas Voeckler to a thrilling victory in the Tour de Yorkshire.

The popular former Tour de France King of the Mountains sprinted away from Ireland’s Nicolas Roche on Scarborough sea front to win the third stage and claim victory overall.

Thomas Voeckler, Direct Energie, winner of the stage and overall honours of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Thomas Voeckler, Direct Energie, winner of the stage and overall honours of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Voeckler, who had begun the day 14 seconds behind leader Dylan Groenewegen, claimed a 10 second bonus on the line and lifted the trophy by six seconds from Roche.

Madison Genesis’ Tom Stewart of Doncaster was Yorkshire’s first rider home in 11th.

The climber’s jersey was won by Nathan Haas, Groenewegen was points champion, Sky were best team and Adam Yates was the top-ranked British rider.

Voeckler is a fans’ favourite in Yorkshire and he said: “It was like having a Tour de France stage in my home region.

“To see my name written on the road or on banners held by children really touches me. I have been a rider for 16 years and I have never seen anything like that.”

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