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Tour de Yorkshire route to include Driffield and Pocklington for the first time

The Tour de Yorkshire 2017 will start in Bridlington on Friday, 28 April and will take in a number of East Yorkshire settlements, including Driffield and Pocklington, on its way to the stage one finish in Scarborough.

Similar to the inaugural event in 2015, the race will start outside The Spa Bridlington in front of a large crowd, anticipated to be in the tens of thousands, before the riders leave the town passing the new £25 million East Riding Leisure Bridlington.

As well as the picturesque East Yorkshire scenery, the race will also pass the historic Burton Agnes Hall on its way to Driffield.

The peloton will ride through the centre of the town, known as the Capital of the Wolds, and head towards Pocklington for the race’s first intermediate sprint and then on to Garrowby Hill for the first categorised climb.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “It is really exciting that the Tour de Yorkshire route will take in a number of new locations, with residents in Driffield and Pocklington being able to see some of the world’s top cyclists up close in their towns for the first time.

“Like previous years, the race will attract national and international publicity which provides an excellent opportunity to promote the East Riding as a first-class visitor destination to both domestic and global audiences.

“Through its three-year commercial partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire, the council is proud to have secured its long-term support for the Tour de Yorkshire which is rapidly becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated races on the cycling calendar.”


  • STAGE 1 on Friday 28th April will start in Bridlington and finish in Scarborough – 173km
  • STAGE 2 on Saturday 29th April will start in Tadcaster and finish in Harrogate – 122.5k
  • STAGE 3 on Sunday 30th April will start in Bradford and finish in Fox Valley, Sheffield – 194.5km


Stage 1
Stage One gets underway outside Bridlington Spa and heads into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint. The classified climbs up the Côte de Garrowby Hill and Côte de Goathland will get the legs pumping before the race hits the coastline again at Whitby, where the riders will get a great view of the Abbey as they contest the second sprint of the day. The route continues on to Robin Hood’s Bay for the third and final climb and then it’s full steam into Scarborough for the now-legendary finish along North Bay.
Stage 2
On Stage Two, men and women will face exactly the same stage which starts in Tadcaster. The action commences on the newly-reopened Tadcaster Bridge and ventures into Knaresborough where the first intermediate sprint points are up for grabs. The sole categorised climb comes at the Côte de Lofthouse and then it’s on to Ripon for the second intermediate sprint. The race will skirt Fountains Abbey before a fast approach to Harrogate, where the action will reach its crescendo along Parliament Street, just as it did on the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France.
Stage 3
On Stage Three the riders roll out of City Park in Bradford and take in Salts Mill before the start flag is lowered. The action then briefly joins the 2014 Tour de France route at Burley-in-Wharfedale before passing into the Yorkshire Dales. Skipton is the next town on the agenda, with the first of eight categorised climbs being contested on the Côte de Silsden. The next ascent comes on the cobbled rise up Haworth’s picturesque main street and another climb at Leeming must also be tackled before they face the infamous Côte de Shibden Wall. This cobbled brute could see splits form before the final intermediate sprint in Stocksbridge. The riders then embark on a torturous 22km finishing circuit that features no less than four categorised climbs at Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height and Midhopestones before the race reaches its climax at Fox Valley.

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