VON HOFF STEAMS INTO SCARBROUGH TO TAKE 5TH ON STAGE ONE | ONE Pro Cycling

The team enjoyed a solid opening stage at the Tour de Yorkshire as Polish Powerhouse Kamil Gradek brought the break to life, winning both Intermediate Sprints on offer, while Australian Sprinter Steele Von Hoff sprinted home in 5th place.

Stage One of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire rolled out of the beautiful coastal resort of Bridlington, otherwise known as ‘the heart of the Yorkshire Coast’ taking riders 174km to the traditional seaside resort of Scarborough. 135 riders travelled in land before heading North through Pickering and the North Yorkshire moors, flying through Whitby then finally heading South into Scarborough. Along the way, the peloton faced 3 official KOM’s and 2 Intermediate Sprints.

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From the gun, the pace was intense as several riders tried to make the breakaway. A number of attempts were made but it wasn’t until after 12km of racing that a group of 8 riders including Joshua Hunt jumped clear of the bunch. However, with a couple or riders making an attempt to bridge across to the leaders, the peloton was re-activated and they reeled in the break without hesitation.

With the peloton now on edge, it didn’t take long for another attack to launch, this time it was one lone rider, closely followed by 6 chasers. Spotting the danger, Kamil Gradek raced out of the peloton and solo’ed across to join the break which was now 8 strong. Not overly happy with the composition of the breakaway, the peloton held the leaders at 4 minutes and 30 seconds for the next 10km.

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Approaching Pocklington, Gradek took the first intermediate sprint with ease as Cofidis, Lotto-NL Jumbo and Orica Bike exchange took up chase at the head of the peloton with the aim of slowly reeling in the break. Following the feedzone and 120km of racing, riders were faced with ‘Côte de Goathland,’ a nasty climb 1.3km in length and an average gradient of 9.7%. Gradek began to lose contact with the lead riders, managing to sit in ‘no-mans land’ and hold them at 15 seconds for 5km before rejoining the group after a superb show of grit and determination.

Once embedded back into the 6 man break, the Polish Powerhouse wasn’t finished. As they reached Whitby, Gradek dug deep winning the second Intermediate Sprint of the day and claiming the full 10 sprint points on offer. Leaving Whitby, as the race started to climb once again, Gradek slid out of the leading group to rejoin the peloton at the bottom of Robin Hood’s Bay, a 1.5km ascent with a gradient of 10.3% and the final KOM of the day.

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Under the severity of the climb and the intensity of the peloton, the race split to pieces as the final few riders from the breakaway were brought back. Four groups quickly formed on the road with Tom Stewart positioning well in the front peloton. However the second group containing Steele Von Hoff, Hayden McCormick, Karol Domagalski and Pete Williams rejoined with around 15km remaining…just as things started to heat up in the run up to the finish!

The team worked hard to place Australian Sprinter Steele Von Hoff in the front in preparation for the impending bunch sprint. Opening up his trademark sprint Von Hoff sprinted home in 5th place however a large crash occurred along the finishing funnel in which Domagalski, Stewart and McCormick hit the deck. We are relieved to say, all three riders are ok and were able to cross the finish line in which they will be awarded the same time as the leading riders. ONE Pro Cycling would like to wish any riders that were brought down in the crash a very speedy recovery.

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Another exciting stage tomorrow as Stage 2 takes riders on a journey 122.5km from Tadcaster to Harrogate, featuring 2 Intermediate Sprints and 1 official King of the Mountain point. We hope you can join us on the road, if not, stay up to date with the team on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.

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TV Coverage – Stage 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