British riders light up Tour de Yorkshire opening stage

Five Brits sit in the top 15 of the Tour de Yorkshire after stage one despite Ben Swift's abandonment after a crash

Erick Rowsell, Tour of Reservoir 2015, day two

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

British riders had an impressive showing on home roads on an opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire that surprised the peloton with its difficulty and blew the race to pieces.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.