Tour de Yorkshire stage one in pictures

Our photographer Russell Ellis was on the ground in Yorkshire and here's a few of our favourite shots, starting with these two chaps waiting for the race to pass

(Photo: Russ Ellis)

1. Brian Robinson, the first British rider to win a stage of the Tour de France, joined the crowds to watch stage one.


Brian Robinson (Photo: Russ Ellis)

2. Spectators got in the mood for racing with a baguette and a comic.


(Photo: Russ Ellis)

3. Yanto Barker (right), of One Pro Cycling, looks focussed before the start of the stage in Bridlington.


One Pro Cycling on the start line (Photo: Russ Ellis)

4. Europcar's Dan Craven shows off his excellent facial hair.


Dan Craven (Photo: Russ Ellis)

5. The riders, including eventual winner Lars Petter Nordhaug (front right) roll over the start line.


Sky riders at the start (Photo: Russ Ellis)

6. BMC's Greg van Avermaet finished seventh on the stage.


(Photo: Russ Ellis)

7. The challenging parcours and inclement weather en route led to a number of small groups forming on the road.

Tour de Yorkshire

(Photo: Russ Ellis)

8. Steep hills were par for the course.


(Photo: Russ Ellis)

9. A Cult Energy Pro rider crests a hill packed with spectators.


(Photo: Russ Ellis)

10. Paddy, Tyson, Titch and Sandy were on hand in Scarborough for those who fancied something different.


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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.