Nick Westby

Sports editor, The Yorkshire Post and Johnston Press Yorkshire

World Cup - Nick Westby: England hopes rest firmly with captain Harry Kane

There were positives aplenty for England on Monday, mixed in with the same old frustrations.

Just champion: Greg Van Avermaet  after winning  the Tour de Yorkshire.'  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Tour de Yorkshire: Greg van Avermaet not along just for the ride

WHEN eventual winner Greg van Avermaet confirmed his attendance at the Tour de Yorkshire it was easy to think the Belgian was coming to the county with one eye on next year.

Magnus Cort Nielsen, Astana, winner of stage 2.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Tour de Yorkshire: Holmfirth’s Scott fades away but another day of Tour upsets

It is rapidly becoming a Tour de Yorkshire of upsets.

Mark Cavendish of Dimension Data speaks to the media.

Tour de Yorkshire: Cavendish relishing his White Rose return

Mark Cavendish was in confident, effusive mood on the eve of the fourth annual Tour de Yorkshire.

Harry Tanfield last year won the Tour de Yorkshire's Digital Jersey for being the "most active" rider on day two of the race. Picture: James Hardisty

Tour de Yorkshire: Harry Tanfield committed to making gains on his rivals

For a rider as laid back as Harry Tanfield, it goes against the grain that he should be synonymous with winning jerseys for most aggressive rider.

RIDING HIGH: Yorkshire's Annie Simpson of the Trek Drops team up on the Cow and Calf rocks above Ilkley, scene of the finish to the second stage of next week's Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women's Race. Picture: Simon Hulme

Weekend Interview: No regrets for Annie Simpson as she prepares to line up with cycling’s elite in Tour de Yorkshire

Anna van der Breggen is the Olympic road race champion, the hottest name in women’s cycling right now and a firm favourite to win next week’s Asda Tour de Yorshire Women’s Race.

Tour De Yorkshire reccy - Tom Moses pictured at the Cow and Calf, Ilkley (Picture: Simon Hulme)

Tour de Yorkshire: Cow and Calf leaves peloton in no doubt as to scale of task

It was a typically capricious late morning overlooking Ilkley yesterday; sunshine one minute, rain driving in at you sideways the next.

Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet, right, of the BMC Racing team is heading bakc to the Tour de Yorkshire. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Olympic champion headed back to Tour de Yorkshire

Reigning Olympic road race champion Greg Van Avermaet will contest next month’s Tour de Yorkshire.

Golden boy: Nile Wilson celebrates following his routine on the men's horizontal bar .

Commonwealth Games: Nile Wilson into the history books

On a day when big name favourites failed, it was refeshing to see a Yorkshireman stand up to the pressure and make history.

STAR TURN: Charlie Tanfield wins Gold in the Men's Individual Pursuit final at the British Cycling Championships in Manchester in January. Picture: Alex Whitehead/

Yorkshire’s Charlie Tanfield targets track star billing at World Championships

Three days after the closing ceremony of a Winter Olympics that reignited the debate about sports funding in this country, a young man from Yorkshire starts turning the wheels towards Tokyo this week as an example of what can be achieved off your own back.

Sheffield Sharks vs Leeds Force, Sharks player Mike Tuck.

Nick Westby: Basketball’s ongoing battle to stand tall

IT IS a crisp, bright afternoon in Leeds, and on a concrete court overshadowed by residential tower blocks, a group of teenagers can be found playing a recreational game of three-on-three basketball.

Matty Lee.

Leeds diver Matty Lee finds incentive from past setbacks

Matty Lee is a diver with a point to prove.

Katy Marchant.

Cycling: Katy Marchant’s gearing up for key year

LEEDS RIDER Katy Marchant is gearing up for a crucial year, beginning at this weekend’s HSBC UK National Track Championships in Manchester.

Into last four: Britain's Kyle Edmund.

Nick Westby: Hard work enables fearless Kyle Edmund to reap his deserved rewards in Melbourne

Quarter-finals day in the first grand slam of the year was supposed to be where the journey ended.

City of Leeds diver 'Lois Toulson: Has new targets for 2018.

Dive into the medals with me, says Lois Toulson

The year ahead holds myriad opportunities for Leeds diver Lois Toulson, but as much as medals and accolades are the target, the discovery of a new partner could hold the key to her f uture.

SADDLED FOR SUCCESS: Leeds teenager Tom Pidcock enjoyed a successful 2017, winning junior world titles in cyclo-cross and road racing last year.  Pictures: SWPix/Bruce Rollinson/Jonathan Gawthorpe

Teenager Tom Pidcock proving to be best of British

Of all the memories he forged in a dominant 2017, the one that stands out most for teenage Yorkshire rider Tom Pidcock is a triumph that best represents the depth of talent coming through the British cycling ranks, rather than his own personal glory.

DETERMINED: Yorkshire's Jack Brooks. Picture: James Hardisty.

Jack Brooks impressed by Yorkshire’s pre-season focus

Yorkshire’s first-team players have returned to pre-season training with a greater intensity and focus, says strike bowler Jack Brooks.

Yorkshire Cricket
Yorkshire's Jack Brooks successfully appeals taking a wicket against Surrey at Headingley earlier this year. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA.

Rhythm crucial for Yorkshire’s Jack Brooks to find right strike rate again

Yorkshire strike bowler Jack Brooks is confident he can return to the sort of form that saw him take 60-plus wickets a year and helped the team win successive county championships.

Yorkshire Cricket
Rebecca Gallantree.

The future of diving in Leeds is in safe hands, insists Rebecca Gallantree

Triple Olympian Rebecca Gallantree says the future of diving in Leeds remains as strong as ever as the city’s club enters its second decade at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

Alistair Brownlee at Team England's triathlon squad announcement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, at the Brownlee Triathlon Centre in Leeds. (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Weekend Interview: Alistair Brownlee - still hungry after all these years

It is on these bitingly cold winter mornings, when the threat of an icy rain hovers overhead, that us mere mortals are set apart from the elite sports people among us.

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