Returning for a second edition after successful opener in 2015, the Tour de Yorkshire looks set to provide three more stages of thrilling racing from some of the world’s best riders this April.

Defending champion Lars Petter Nordhaug returns with British WorldTour squad Team Sky, while Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins will also line-up with his eponymous team in stellar start list for the UCI 2.1 race.

This year, the Tour de Yorkshire first stage (Friday, April 29) will probably favour the sprinters, with a predominantly flat 185km route from Beverly to Settle.

The riders will then tackle another fairly flat route from Otley to Doncaster on stage two (Saturday, April 30), with the women’s one-day race, which features world champion Lizzie Armitstead in the line-up, also taking on the same course that day.

The men’s race will then climax with a tough looking stage on day three (Sunday, May 1), which features six-categorised climbs en route from Middlesbrough to Scarborough, including obin Hood’s Bay – average over 10 per cent gradient

Every stage of the Tour de Yorkshire will be extensively covered by British broadcaster ITV, with live coverage and highlights shows. For more info, check our TV guide.