Thomas Voeckler wins final two-up sprint from Nicolas Roche in exciting finale to 2016 Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough
- Photos by Andy Jones

Veteran Frenchman Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) won the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire overall on Sunday, after claiming the final stage victory.

Voeckler had followed Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) as the Irishman had attacked on the day’s final climb of Oliver’s Mount. The two rode together on the descent into Scarborough, with Roche unable to match Voeckler’s sprint to the line.

Voeckler’s win propelled him to the top of the general classification, with Roche settling for second overall at six seconds. Frenchman Anthony Turgis (Cofidis) was third at 16 seconds.

Thomas Voeckler wins Tour de Yorkshire 2016

Thomas Voeckler wins Tour de Yorkshire 2016

Top-placed British rider overall was Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) in fourth after he placed third on the final stage.

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Roche had originally instigated the race-winning break when he attacked on the Harwood Dale climb with 25km to go in the final 20km of the long 196km stage from Middlesbrough. He was joined by Yates and Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), with Voeckler and Turgis bridging to them after a furious chase.

The five rode together until the Oliver’s Mount climb, when Roche went clear followed by Voeckler. The three chasing riders could not catch them as they skirted around the Scarborough sea front, with Voeckler opening up his sprint early to take the win.

Earlier in the day, a 10-rider escape group had led the action during the first 110km before getting caught. Sky then hit the front of the peloton, with Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) doing a huge pace-making turn, just as he had done on the previous two stages.

Peter Kennaugh on Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage three

Peter Kennaugh on Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage three

Kennaugh’s efforts whittled the peloton down severely, with only around 25 riders left with 45 hilly kilometres to go. At several points Sky riders split off from the front of the lead group before being caught, signalling the team’s intention to dictate the stage.

In the end, though, Voeckler’s race experience came through, with a perfectly-timed effort to seal the win in the second edition of the Tour de Yorkshire having placed third in 2015’s inaugural race.

Australian Nathan Haas (Dimension Data) took the King of the Mountains win.


Watch: Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage two highlights


Tour de Yorkshire 2016 result

Stage three: Middlesbrough to Scarborough, 196km
1. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie
2. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky at same time
3. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge at 9 secs
4. Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis
5. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at same time
6. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky at 41 secs
7. Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky at same time
8. Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdge at 1-09
9. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing
10. Nikias Arndt (Bel) Giant-Alpecin at same time

Final overall classification
1. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie
2. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky at 6 secs
3. Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis at 16 secs
4. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge at 17 secs
5. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo at 21 secs
6. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky at 52 secs
7. Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky at 53 secs
8. Nikias Arndt (Bel) Giant-Alpecin at 1-13
9. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data at 1-20
10. Dion Smith (NZl) One Pro Cycling at 1-21

Steve Cummings, Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage three

Steve Cummings

Team Sky at Robin Hood Bay, Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage three

Team Sky lead at Robin Hood Bay

Serge Pauwels at Robin Hood Bay

Serge Pauwels at Robin Hood Bay

Thomas Voeckler congratulated after his win

Thomas Voeckler congratulated after his win

Classification winners

Classification winners

Team Sky take team honours

Team Sky take team honours

  • Box o biscuits

    don’t think you do , but that’s ok

  • Ciaran Carroll

    Oh I get it, you’re a troll, ok

  • Peter J Kott

    Paul Sherwen, having been a pro in the 70’s/80’s is OK, but I guess they come as a package.

  • Timpacker

    I wouldn’t go and watch the tour de boreshire if you paid me!! I bet in 5 years it won’t even exist anymore.. It’s a boring race for people who have never been to Italy France or Spain to watch a REAL race.. I bet next year all the grand tour contenders will be jumping at the chance to ride ha ha

  • Andrew Payne

    I’m guessing you are a jealous southerner, the ones without a three day tour or even a half decent one day event. So what if you’ve ridden the Etape – you aren’t the only one and it hardly makes you an expert. Any race can be ‘boring’ if you want to see it that way including on the Grand Tours.
    The TdY isn’t trying to be a grand tour but it could be argued that it’s already the biggest event on the UK calendar!

  • anonymousktvz

    sherwen still does ok but liggett has been almost incomprehensible over the last few years

  • Timpacker

    I bet the last 4 names you mentioned were doping anyway!! The other 3 haven’t exactly set the pro peloton on fire have they

  • Two Pork Pies

    Do you not rate Lizzie Armitstead, then, Tim? Or Ben Swift? Or Ed Clancy? Or – since we’re talking about history – Beryl Burton, Brian Robinson, Barry Hoban or Malcolm Elliot? Seems a bit harsh.

  • Tom Sharp

    I watch as much cycling as possible. I love the tour, the tour de Yorkshire, the tour of Britain, or smashing local crits on a Saturday. All bike racing can be brilliant, and the thousands of fans lining the route of tdy clearly think its pretty decent

  • Box o biscuits

    Hee hee , grown men in football shirts

  • Ciaran Carroll

    How does it differ in any way to a football fan wearing their favourite team’s jersey for a kick about? World champions jerseys and leaders jerseys are different but anyone should be able to buy and wear any team jersey they want without snobs like you telling them what to wear.

  • reece46

    You’ve seen the tour?

  • reece46

    I do believe it, you told us all already (7 times wasn’t it?). I’d love to hear more, nothing more interesting than a pensioner going on about old times.

  • Bob

    WD Tommy – he’s a battler and a true pro, a credit to the sport

  • Timpacker

    There is no history of drug cheats in Yorkshire because there are no decent riders in Yorkshire..

  • Leodis75

    It was only you comparing the TdY to TdF, no one else has. TdY is a excellent 2.1 race, a great addition to the end of the classics as Yorkshire is of similar terrain. Least in Yorkshire we refrain from throwing piss over riders and don’t have a history of drug cheats.

  • Timpacker

    I have absolutely zero interest in the very boring tour de boreshire.. Crap weather crap roads thank god it’s only 3 days long

  • Timpacker

    Ha ha ha beat Yorkshire for bike racing are you joking . So you really think the Alps the Dolomites and the Pyrenees can’t match the Yorkshire dales please tell me you’re joking

  • llos25

    Not done much have you and you certainly show no interest in racing perhaps you should take up snooker.

  • llos25

    I have been all over europe and even live in germany you would have to go a long way to beat yorkshire for bike racing by the way the different weather is all part of racing.

  • Box o biscuits

    Nowt if yer a kid

  • Timpacker

    It may be a catagorized race but it’s still as boring as ever.. RUBBISH weather ..lack of TV coverage and even Bradley Wiggins pulled out after 1 stage!! Sounds amazing

  • Timpacker

    Milton!! Not another exited tour de Yorkshire spectator are you

  • Timpacker

    Ciaran Carroll thank you .. I think most comments on here are from delusional people who have never witnessed the grand tours and have no idea what it’s like

  • Ciaran Carroll

    I have to agree with you. Races like the TdY can’t be compared to a Grand Tour. I enjoyed the Tour de Yorkshire (I don’t get the French though). There is some fantastic scenery in Yorkshire but for a proper back drop for a stage race you need high mountains like the Alps, Pyrenees, dolomites or Sierra Nevada. Anyone who says the Tour of Yorkshire is better than the Tour de France is either delusional or from Yorkshire.

  • Ciaran Carroll

    What’s the problem with team kit? Snob

  • John Senior

    Quality of a bike race comes down to the quality of the racing and this was full on from the moment Sky went to the front. The coverage was brilliant – conditions epic – and you only needed to look at the face of Rohan Dennis when he crossed the line to see how hard it had been. Great ride by Tommy V and good to see Roche showing some of his potential. Crowds were huge – my non – cycling wife and daughter did four hours on the finish line and had a great time..ASO say they’ll be back next year which as a stamp of approval is hard to beat.
    PS If you didn’t find Caja Rural going to the front in the Tour of Turkey and destroying the field by doing a TTT up a mountain exciting then you need someone to explain cycling to you.

  • Peter J Kott

    I totally agree. It’s time for Phil ” Pro Medecine” Liggett and his loyal sidekick Paul Sherwen to step aside. Mr Liggett, in particilar, lost the plot years ago and his commentary is strewn with errors. He should at least have been pensioned off when his good friend Mr Armstrong was exposed.

  • regsf

    The UK is Europe. Crowds looked good, course looked good. It’s a categorized UCI pro race. And I’ve WORKED at the Tour de France.

  • Tony

    I need say no more!

  • BrownTrousers

    A reyt grand performance, Tommy lad. Nah then, Tha knows we must be Yawksha int’ extreme on this occasion. It’s a matter o’ pride.

    It’s just so nice to see the cycling community and the locals embrace this race. I hope it can grow and become a bigger fixture in the cycling calendar. It has almost certainly been the biggest thing that has happened in our village ever, a proper carnival. The Yorkshire idea of a cycle race is close down the roads and have a party, that can last long beyond the race has gone through.

  • milton

    Silly child

  • Andy Gibson

    Great racing & fantastic crowds! Today was brilliant. I hope they get the 4th day to allow more interesting route planning to open up the GC across the race & we get to see more of beautiful Yorkshire!

    Really enjoyed the ITV4 coverage. Think Ned & Dave Millar are a great commentary partnership – Dave’s insights from inside the peloton are fantastic. I hope they are brave enough to use them for the TDF rather than Armstrong apologists Ligget & Sherwen.

  • Darren76

    Well done Thomas (although I was gunning for Nico).
    I thought it was a great stage today. It had a bit of everything for me and showed great tactical work from Team Sky as well as Voeckler.

    I would really like to see that extra day added and then have 2 sprinters stages and 2 GC stages. That would really add to the race, I think they had to back load the race after last years being a done deal on Day 1 but having the race decided on what is effectively a one day classic though exciting makes the other days feel meaningless in terms of the CG. (I am not trying to take anything away from the points, mountains and team awards).

    Final thing for me was yesterday when we did have coverage the helicopter shot of the peloton cycling through the fields of yellow, that was for me the poster shot for TdY a bit like the sunflowers in the TdF.

  • Timpacker

    So you weren’t cheering Armstrong on then mr sharp … Ever been to see the tour mr sharp or do you get exited watching the tour de Yorkshire as well

  • Tom Sharp

    That explains the lack of taste and class then

  • Timpacker

    Actually us postal kit!! Ha ha

  • Timpacker

    Tony .. I’ve been a cyclist for 25+ years.. Believe it or not I have been to the tour 7 times.. I’ve rode in all weathers over the years from zero degrees to 35+ .. If you think watching the tour de Yorkshire is interesting I feel sorry for you.. I’ve also rode 2 etape du tours with sporting tours international not that you’ve heard of any thing like that.. Have you ever been to watch the tour?

  • Box o biscuits

    In your sky kit no doubt?

  • Sheldon

    Agree, that was one of the best races I have seen. Had everything. Great win and well deserved by TV. Far more interesting than a lot of races I have watched in Europe. The only downside was the timing of the ad breaks on ITV4, nearly every break in the second half of the race was at a crucial part and was missed by the viewer, but well done for showing 5 hours live coverage.

  • Tony

    I don’t think so, sounds like you’re a fair weather fan and not from Yorkshire! Can you ride a bike?

  • Timpacker

    Tony.. I’ve been to see the tour 7 times in the Alps and Pyrenees why would I go to watch the boring tour de Yorkshire p.s if you think it was an exiting stage you’ve been watching the wrong races this year..

  • Tony

    Ever been to Yorkshire or cycled around it? Having watched the last stage live all afternoon i have to say it was one of the best races I’ve seen this year.

  • Chris Williams

    Well done T.Voeckler -brilliant ride.

  • Timpacker

    Who cares about about the boring tour de Yorkshire.. Nothing beats races in Europe for scenery and top rides.. And the weather!!!

  • graham

    They have known for 12 months that the TdY would be on this weekend, as for the first two stages I dont know about Saturdays stage except for the bit I was out watching, because of the coverage problems. Fridays stage while not being the most exciting cycling I have ever seen it was still a lot better than the Tour of Turkey, although I accept that Eurosport showed most of the stage. Anyone who knows anything about cycling knew that todays TdY stage was going to be a cracker but they only choose to show an hour of it.

  • Dave Smith

    But it is not boring every year and the first 2 stages of TdY could be said to be boring depending on your perspective. I think you are expecting too much from a broadcaster that schedules programs well ahead of an event.Turkey is also a higher category race that attracts a stronger field …albeit suffered from many late withdrawals this year, which the broadcaster would not have been aware of when the schedule was developed.

  • graham

    Tour of Turkey has been boring all week

  • graham

    Yes for an hour

  • Dave Smith

    Scheduling is done before the day, so you cannot switch into a live race at a point when it gets interesting and switch out if it’s boring.

  • Ciaran Carroll

    Eurosport did cover the Tour de Yorkshire

  • John

    Definitely gets frustrating, like watching American television – 10 mins programme to 5 minutes adverts :

  • graham

    Great win by Voeckler almost as happy as if Roche or Yates had won. Todays stage was as good as any race this year including the classics, cant understand why Eurosport thought the tour of Turkey was a better race to cover. One thing however why dont they have adverts every ten minutes when its football.