The 3rd edition of the Tour de Yorkshire will take place this coming weekend, kicking off on Friday 28 April in the seaside town of Bridlington before finishing on Sunday 30 April at Fox Valley on the outskirts of Sheffield. As always, Welcome to Yorkshire and the ASO have planned a parcours that will push riders to their limits whilst providing thrilling entertainment the many thousands of spectators that will line the route.
STAGE 1 : Bridlington – Scarborough
Date: Friday 28 April
Race Start: 12.45pm (UK time)
Race Finish: (earliest expected) 4.47pm
Stage One rolls out of Bridlington on the East coast of Yorkshire making its way inland on a fairly flat opening 55km before the peloton hits the first climb of the race at Garrowby Hill. A 1.6km climb at an average of 8.9%. Two more climbs follow later on in the stage at Goathland and Robin Hood’s Bay before the race makes its way back down the coast to finish once again on the sea front in Scarborough. The total distance of stage one sits at 174km and also includes two intermediate sprints in Pocklington and Whitby.
Leading on the event Head Sports Director Matt Winston comments on the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire,
Stage One has traditionally been a stage that doesn’t allow teams to cement overall victory, but ironically it can cause them to lose their GC hopes. This year’s opener has a couple of tough climbs, with plenty of flatter sections thrown in, which may sound like an opportunity for riders to rest their legs but unfortunately that’s not the case. During the flatter sections in this part of Yorkshire there’s a good chance strong cross winds will come into play and split the race. The infamous climb out of Robin Hood’s Bay has featured in earlier editions of the Tour de Yorkshire and has caused the peloton to split to pieces. looking at statistics, the ascent with an average gradient of 10.3% and 1.5km in length, will really hurt the peloton and I predict around 60 riders making their way to the finish line of this particular stage.
STAGE 2 : Tadcaster – Harrogate
Date: Saturday 29 April
Race Start: 2.10pm
Race Finish: (earliest expected) 4.49pm
Stage two is the shortest stage of the race departing from Tadcaster before skirting Harrogate and taking a large loop in around North Yorkshire before finishing at the same finish line as the Tour de France when it visited ‘The Dales’ back in 2014. The stage is 122.5km long and includes 1 KOM at Lofthouse which is 1.7km and a gruelling 11.4% average. Riders will compete for two intermediate sprints throughout the stage, one in in Knaresborough and the other in Ripon.
Previewing Stage Two Matt Winston comments, This has been labeled as a sprint stage however if we see inclement weather and high winds then although short in nature, this could well be a GC day! In the wheels it might not cause too much damage but the grippy roads could put a sting in the tail of the peloton come the back end of the stage. The climb up Cote de Lofthouse is hard, however you hit the summit with 60km to go and the course drops downhill fast for the next 30km before rolling up and down into Ripon. If a team decides to force the pace over the last 30km we could see the race splitting, so I’m predicting a bunch sprint for this one.
STAGE 3 : Bradford – Fox Valley, Sheffield
Date: Sunday 30 April
Race Start: 12.30pm
Race Finish: (earliest expected) 5.02pm
The third and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire is traditionally the queen stage and is always tough. This years stage is no exception with 8 King of the Mountain climbs, with the final 4 coming in the last 16km of the stage! The first 4 climbs are between 64.5km and 98.5km including the notoriously hard climb up Shibden Wall. A 1km long berg with an average gradient of 13.5% all on cobbles. The total stage distance is 194.5km starting in Bradford and finishing at Fox Valley in Sheffield. The stage also has 2 intermediate sprints with one in Clifton and the second sprint in Stockbridge as the peloton cross the finishing line with 19km to go – all before tackling the last four climbs!
Let’s face it, Stage Three will be brutal and we will see a lot of riders pulling out before the finish. The GC will be decided and if it’s bad weather it could well mean a painful day in the saddle. Shibden Wall will be tough but it arrives early enough in the stage not to be a decider. With 8 KOM’s on the stage the peloton will be nervous, but it’s the non classified climbs that could really catch people out. The final four climbs will be absolutely brutal coming in quick succession, the road just goes up and down – and each time it goes up more and more riders will get dropped. I am really looking forward to this stage and I predict a solo winner.
The ONE Pro Cycling rider roster for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire will be:
- Karol Domagalsi
- Kamil Gradek
- Kristian House
- Josh Hunt
- Hayden McCormick
- Tom Stewart
- Steele Von Hoff
- Pete Williams
If you’re not able to watch the action from the roadside, don’t panic just yet. We are spoilt for choice this year with both ITV4 and Eurosport showing LIVE coverage of the Tour de Yorkshire this weekend, including the women’s race! Make sure you keep up to date with all the action behind the scenes with ONE Pro Cycling on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Friday 28 April
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 29 April
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 30 April
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