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 today.
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.
Depending on the riders’ race speed, the cycling spectacular is expected to come to an exciting finale in Roundhay Park, Leeds, on May three between 4.30pm and 5pm.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire which is co-organising the event with Tour de France owners Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), says today’s announcement will help the region plan ahead.
“Confirmation of the timings and precise routes in and out of the start and finish towns and cities will help fans, spectators and businesses who 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 the official race start in Sewerby at 12noon. The first stage will see riders tackle the Dalby Forest climb at 1.15pm, sprint through Pickering at 1.40pm, then face climbs at Rosedale and Grosmont before sprinting through Whitby at around 3.10pm and finishing in Scarborough between 4pm and 4.30pm.
Stage two, from Selby to York, will ceremonially start outside Selby Abbey at 11.20am, before the official race start on the A163 just outside the town at 11.45am. The riders will take on the North Newbald climb at 12.30pm, sprint through Wetwang at 1.23pm, climb through Fimber and then sprint through York at 2.40pm on the first of two laps of the city. The race will finish in Knavesmire Road, York, between 3.30pm and 4pm.
Stage three, from Wakefield to Leeds, will ceremonially start 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.
Thierry Gouvenou, ASO’s Tour de France sports director, said: “We are very happy with the route the riders will take. With 515km in total there are some excellent opportunities throughout the three days for spectators to see riders take Sprint and King of the Mountain climb points, ahead of finish lines designed to generate the kind of welcome that Yorkshire spectators gave the peloton in the Tour de France.”
The race, which holds a 2.1 European Tour UCI classification, will be broadcast in the UK and on Eurosport to 70 countries around the world.
DETAILED TIMINGS IN FULL..
• Stage 1
• Stage 2
• Stage 3