VON HOFF NARROWLY MISSES TOP 10 IN HARROGATE BUNCH SPRINT | ONE Pro Cycling

Australian Sprinter Steele Von Hoff narrowly misses out on Top 10 in Harrogate, picking up 12th position on the line after a great effort by the team.

Day 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire saw the team travel in convoy to the Market Town of Tadcaster in the Selby District of North Yorkshire. With a laid-back start time of 2pm, the peloton rolled out across the towns’ historic 300-year-old bridge, which was recently repaired and reopened following its collapse during the floods in December 2015.

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Racing through the stunning Yorkshire Dales there was unbelievable roadside support from the crowds in every passing town and village. The peloton travelled 122.5km before battling it out for victory in the beautiful town of Harrogate, which served as the finish line of Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire in July 2014.

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Stage 2 featured only one official King of the Mountains classification, however sitting at 1.7km in length with some sections as steep as 25%, the Cote de Lofthouse definitely gave riders a run for their money, right in the middle of the stage.

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Once again a fast start ensued with several riders trying to make the break away, Pete Williams was very active in the early stages featuring in several of the early breakaways, unfortunately nothing stuck for the Yorkshire resident and eventually a group of four slipped away. Spotting the danger Kamil Gradek attempted to surge off the front of the bunch, but the peloton closed down the road, refusing to let any other riders escape and the 4 leaders progressed up the road.

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Gradek joined Lotto NL-Jumbo chasing at the front of the peloton as the race approached the infamous Cote de Lofthouse ascent. With Gradek on the front his team mates moved into position in the front part of the peloton.

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As the breaks advantage slowly whittled down, the fireworks began with 25km to go just as the peloton left Ripon. GC hopeful Tom Stewart was on his toes to mark the moves as the team rallied around sprinter Steele Von Hoff to deliver him to the line.

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In the final few kilometres the team leading Von Hoff became disconnected with the Australian Sprinter and he sprinted across the line in 12th position, moving into 8th place on the General Classification heading into the third and final stage tomorrow.

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Tomorrow’s stage has been nicknamed ‘The Yorkshire Terrier’ due to it’s savage profile. Riders will be faced with 194km’s featuring no less than 8 official KOM’s, as well as but several unclassified climbs that will see each and every riders tested to their limits.

If you can’t make it to Yorkshire, you can follow the action on both ITV4 and Eurosport.

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TV Coverage

Sunday 29 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