Tour de Yorkshire 2017

The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire will start in Bridlington and finish two days later in Sheffield on Sunday, 30 April. Live on TV every day the race is packed with big name talent and an on-form JLT Condor squad.

TV Guide

Read our quick guide to each stage and where to watch all the action:

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Stage 1

Bridlington to Scarborough

The race will start outside Bridlington Spa and head into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint.

There are classified climbs up the Côtes de Garrowby Hill and Goathland before the race hits the coastline again at Whitby for the second sprint of the day. The route continues on to Robin Hood’s Bay for the third and final climb and then into Scarborough for the finish along North Bay.

Interesting fact:

James Gullen grew up riding for Scarborough Paragon CC. The honour president of the club celebrates his 101st birthday the day the race finishes in Scarborough.

John Herety’s stage prediction:

“Tough day by the coast. The final 20km have steep climbs and riders with yellow jersey ambitions will need to be alert as the race will split especially on the open windswept roads near Whitby.”

“A group of 40 will be sprinting for the line.”

Where to watch:

Garrowby Hill – a spectacular climb with an average gradient of 7.5% and 19% in places. You’ll need to be in position before 14.00 when the race is due to pass

Scarborough Bay – Scarborough’s coastline is a stunning place to watch cycling. There is plenty to do at the bay. Expect the race to finish around 5pm.

TOM_2093- TdY Stage 1 - credit Tom Hardie

Stage 2

Tadcaster to Harrogate

One serious climb to contend with, the Côte de Lofthouse which appears half way into the stage. From here the race will speed on to Ripon for the second intermediate sprint and the race will skirt Fountains Abbey before a fast approach to Harrogate. The action finishes along Parliament Street, just as it did on the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France.

Interesting fact:

Harrogate’s finish could be the focal point of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

This means that this stage could act as an early indication of the sort of routes we could see at the World Championships, with possible contenders using it as an early recce two year’s ahead of 2019.

Tim Kennaugh’s stage prediction:

“Expect a full blown sprint. Austrlian Caleb Ewan and Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni will be gunning for the win. We can’t rule out Adam Blythe, where the National Champion jersey or Team Sky’s Luke Rowe.”

Where to watch:

Harrogate – the women’s pro race rolls out at 09.00 and is expected to finish in Harrogate at 12.30pm, the men’s race is expected at around 17.00. So you get two sprints for the price of one.

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Stage 3

Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield

Billed at the toughest stage in the brief history of the Tour de Yorkshire, riders will start at Bradford City Park before heading into Saltaire.
There are more climbs than ever before included the cobbled rise up through the village of Haworth before the race heads over the leg breaking Côte de Shibden Wall.

The route then complete a loop around Sheffield crossing four climbs in the final 22km.

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Interesting fact:

Russell Downing previewed the stage and you can watch him tackle all the double digit climbs.

John Herety’s stage prediction:

“This will be a war of attrition. Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk has stated he’s using the race to warm up for next month’s Giro d’Italia. Four hills just before halfway, including the terrible cobbled Shibden Wall, will soften things up for a finale in the ‘land of the Strines’.
A large group will form over the cobbles and then into the finishing circuit that will reduced even further.”

“Expect to see two or three riders fight it out for the stage win rather than a group.”

Where to watch:

Shibden Wall – the inclusion of the cobbled Shibden Wall climb in the final stage is one that should provide plenty of fireworks, and will sure to see some exciting action. The race is expected to pass at 15.00

Ewden Height, Deepcar – both climbs are just south of Sheffield by the time the race passes here riders will be in small groups. After the riders pass, you’ll have just enough time to get over to Fox Valley to see the finish too. The race is expected at 17.00

TOM_2194- TdY Stage 1 - credit Tom Hardie

Tour de Yorkshire TV Guide

We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to watching the Tour de Yorkshire on TV this Bank Holiday weekend, with both ITV4 and Eurosport 2 showing coverage.

Friday, 28 April
12.30-17.00, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire stage one, ITV4
15.00-17.00, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire stage one, Eurosport 2
19.00-20.00, highlights Tour de Yorkshire stage one, ITV4
22.00-23.00, highlights Tour de Yorkshire stage one, Eurosport 2

Saturday, April 29
09.00-12.45, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire women’s race, ITV4
14.00-17.45, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire stage one, ITV4
15.45-17.45, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire stage one, Eurosport 2
19.00-20.00, highlights Tour de Yorkshire stage one, ITV4
20.15-21.45, highlights Tour de Yorkshire stage one, Eurosport 2

Sunday, May 30
12.00-17.30, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire stage one, ITV4
16.00-17.00, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire stage one, Eurosport 2
19.00-20.00, highlights Tour de Yorkshire stage one, ITV4
22.10-23.35, highlights Tour de Yorkshire stage one, Eurosport 2

Official Twitter account: @letouryorkshire

Official website: http://www.letour.yorkshire.com

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