Where: Yorkshire, UK
When: April 28-30 2017
Rank: UCI 2.1

The Tour de Yorkshire began life as a three-day legacy event for Yorkshire following the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France, regarded by some as one of the greatest opening weekends the race has ever seen.

Despite its young age, the three-day race has already established itself as Britain’s second biggest stage race behind only the Tour of Britain.

Initially conceived as a legacy event following the hugely popular 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, the race has proved a hit with large crowds flocking to the roadsides, and plenty of exciting racing over Yorkshire’s challenging terrain.

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) won the 2016 race after claiming the final stage.

Voeckler had been part of a lead duo with Irishman Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) in the finale of the hilly last day. Voeckler had the measure of Roche in the final sprint into Scarborough, starting his effort early and opening up several bike lengths over the Sky man.

Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) completed the race as highest-placed British rider in fourth spot.

The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire was won by Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) in a sprint finish.

Tour de Yorkshire 2017 stages

Stage one, Friday April 28, Bridlington to Scarborough, 173km
Stage two, Saturday April 29, Tadcaster to Harrogate, 122.5km
Stage three, Sunday April 30, Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield, 194.5km

Women’s Tour de Yorkshire

Saturday April 29, Tadcaster to Harrogate, 122.5km

Key info: Route | TV guide | Start list | Spectators’ guide

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