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Tour de Yorkshire

Yorkshire's own 3 day stage race has grown and grown since its inception in 2014, and in 2017 the professional peloton returned to the streets of Harrogate once more.

More Than A Cycle Race

The Tour de Yorkshire is a county wide festival that is as much about the spirit and character of Yorkshire as it is about the cycle race that criss-crosses this glorious county.

The three day race is the direct descendant of the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France when the biggest cycle race in the world came to Harrogate and Yorkshire took cycling to its heart.

The 2017 Edition

This year’s tour promised to be the best yet and did not disappoint.  The compact route of Day 2 on the 29 April was all about Tadcaster, Harrogate and the picturesque towns and villages around them.

Womens Tour de Yorkshire

In the morning the women’s followed the exact same route as the men’s race in the afternoon. 

The race was characterised by a calculated and clever ride by Lizzie Deignan and her team mates.  They attacked on the categorised climb of the Cote de Lofthouse to break the field apart before Deignan staged a bold solo attack on the final 10km. 

She into rode Harrogate still on her own where she crossed the line to rapturous applause and not a competitor in sight.

The Men’s race

The men’s race stayed tightly together with the traditional breakaway never getting further than a few minutes ahead and being caught well before the race reached the spa town of Harrogate. 

The expected bunch became inevitable as the big teams vied to get their rider into the best position. 

The sprint up into Harrogate town centre was closely fought but at 100 metres still to go Nacer Bouhanni established a commanding gap on the competition and took a convincing win.

A county Celebrating

As always the roads were lined with crowds cheering on the race and the flags and bunting were up for all to see as Yorkshire turned blue and yellow for the race once again.  Many of the flags and decorations will remain up for the months to come.

2018 and beyond

Details of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire will be released in the autumn and you can stay up to date on the official Tour de Yorkshire Website.

And in 2019 the bar will be raised even further when the UCI Road World Championships will come to Yorkshire for a week of exhilarating competition that will result in the crowning of the World Champions for the following year.

If you can’t wait until then, you can find great cycle routes on our cycling pages as well cycle friendly accommodation and cycle cafes and shops. 

There is every reason to bring the bike when you visit the Harrogate district.

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