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Final preparations in place for the Tour de Yorkshire

Thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets of the East Riding on Friday, 28 April as the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire gets underway in Bridlington before passing through East Yorkshire and taking in Driffield and Pocklington for the first time.

The ceremonial start takes place outside Bridlington Spa, at 12.35pm, before the riders leave the town, passing by East Riding Leisure Bridlington and out via the A614.

The peloton will then pass through Carnaby, Haisthorpe, Thornholme, Burton Agnes, Nafferton and into Driffield at around 1.08pm. The riders will then pass through Kelleythorpe, Kirkburn, North Dalton, Warter and into Pocklington for an intermediate sprint, outside Woldgate College, at around 1.45pm, before taking in Meltonby and Bishop Wilton on the way to the first categorised climb at the Cote de Garrowby Hill, at around 2.02pm, and into North Yorkshire.

Ian Burnett, head of asset strategy at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “This is the third year of the Tour de Yorkshire and the council is proud to again support this amazing event.

The council has been a partner from the very start, in 2015, and has secured its long-term involvement until 2019.

“The race allows communities in the East Riding to see some of the world’s top cyclists up close and, as well as helping promote our area to national and international audiences, boosts the local economy.

? Tour de Yorkshire Operations Director Bob Brayshaw and Cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE

“Every year we aim to build on the previous race and we plan to make 2017 the best yet. I would strongly urge residents and visitors to get out there and cheer on the riders as they pass through East Yorkshire and to help generate an amazing atmosphere.”

There is a single road closure from 6pm on Thursday, 27 April to 6pm on Friday, 28 April on Kingston Road/South Marine Drive, Bridlington, from Cardigan Road to Pembroke Terrace. The rest of the race will involve rolling road closures.

The council has again worked with local schools to ensure that over 2,000 local school children can watch the race and 50 children have been chosen as cycle champions to take part in a procession ahead of the ceremonial start in Bridlington. The flag for the race will be waved by local resident Bethany Playforth.

As well as the race, Bridlington Spa and EY Events have created a comprehensive programme of activities to entertain crowds in the town, including street entertainers and a big screen so that spectators can follow Stage One of the race live from Bridlington to Scarborough.

There will also be a unique and bespoke sand art images created on the south beach by internationally-renowned artist Marc Treanor.

Thousands are also expected to watch the race in the Capital of the Wolds, Driffield, and the Gateway to the Wolds, Pocklington, as the two towns host the event for the first time.

Both town councils and the wider communities have embraced the race enthusiastically and have decorated streets and put plans in place to make it a memorable occasion for the crowds.

Tour de Yorkshire riders pass through North Bar, Beverley. ?Copyright Paul Linton @P_linton99 ‏

The council and its partners hope residents and visitors to the area will again enjoy one of the country’s most eagerly anticipated cycle races and are reminded to stay safe.

Dr Gina Palumbo, Local GP and East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group Chair, said: “We are delighted the Tour de Yorkshire is once again coming to the East Riding of Yorkshire, however with increased crowds there can be an increased risk of accident or injury. I would like to remind people visiting Bridlington and Driffield that both minor injury units will be open as usual during the race should they experience a minor injury. Simply search minor injury units, East Riding of Yorkshire or contact NHS 111 for opening times and further information and advice on self-management.

“For local people visiting NHS services on the Friday, don’t forget to plan your journey times to avoid any road closures.”

Stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire takes place on Saturday, 29 April, starting in Tadcaster and finishing in Harrogate, and stage three gets underway on Sunday, 30 April, starting in Bradford with the race finish in Fox Valley, Sheffield.

  • 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

Tour de Yorkshire 2017 live TV guide

Friday, April 28
12.30-17.15, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire stage one, ITV4
12.45-17.00, 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
08.30-12.00, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire women’s race, Eurosport 2
09.00-12.45, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire women’s race, ITV4
14.00-17.15, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire stage two, ITV4
14.10-17.45, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire stage two, Eurosport 2
19.00-20.00, highlights Tour de Yorkshire stage two, ITV4
20.15-21.45, highlights Tour de Yorkshire stage two, Eurosport 2

Sunday, April 30
12.30-17.30, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire stage three, ITV4
16.00-17.00, LIVE Tour de Yorkshire stage three, Eurosport 2
19.00-20.00, highlights Tour de Yorkshire stage three, ITV4
22.00-23.00, highlights Tour de Yorkshire stage three, Eurosport 2


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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