Tour de Yorkshire riders united in astonishment at 'incredible and crazy' roadside crowds

Peloton as staggered as ever as hundreds of thousands turn out to watch the race

Spectators watch stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

With hundreds of thousands of fans estimated to have lined the roads for Sunday’s queen stage, it was no surprise that riders came away from the Tour de Yorkshire as generous as ever in their praise for the fans.

Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), winner of stage three and overall, called the crowds were “maybe even better here than in Liège, the crowds here are amazing.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.