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VIDEO: Full route for Tour de Yorkshire 2016 revealed

Tour de Yorkshire

Published at 11:25am 9th December 2015. (Updated at 11:18am 10th December 2015)

Organisers of the second Tour de Yorkshire have announced a new route and new challenges for riders.

The cycle race, from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May, will take the 18 teams to all four corners of Yorkshire.

Stage 1, which starts in Beverley and finishes in Settle, includes Tadcaster, Boston Spa, Wetherby, North Deighton, Knaresborough, Ripley, Pateley Bridge, Grassington, Threshfield, Cracoe, Gargrave and Giggleswick.

Route map: letour.yorkshire.com/stage-1/map

Otley will host the start of Stage 2 which finishes in Doncaster, after passing through places including Pool-in-Wharfedale, Harewood Bank, East Rigton and Thorner.

The men's and women's races are going to follow the same route.

Route map: letour.yorkshire.com/stage-2/map

Stage 3, which starts in Middlesbrough, includes Herriot Country, Sutton Bank and the North York Moors, before a thrilling finale in Scarborough.

Route map: letour.yorkshire.com/stage-3/map

All of the action over the three days will be featured live on TV.

The full route was announced at a special event in Otley by Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, and Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France.

Sir Gary said: "For next year's race, we've selected routes which showcase Yorkshire's stunning scenery and will also deliver an excellent sporting event.

"Our first race was phenomenally successful, bringing 1.5 million spectators to the roadside, generating over £50 million for the regional economy and being broadcast around the world - not many races can say that.

"The stages we've revealed today are eagerly anticipated by fans, riders and teams and we have all the ingredients for another spectacular race which will bring the crowds back out."

Mr Prudhomme added: "I am always happy to be back in Yorkshire and today marks an important milestone for the race.

"Feedback from teams and riders last year was excellent and this year we have three stages which together create a race right to the end; the final King of the Mountain points are barely six kilometres from the final finish line."

In addition to the professional races, the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride will give amateur cyclists the chance to ride many of the roads ridden by the pros in a newly-designed sportive route, which will start and finish in Scarborough.

The sportive route will follow parts of Stage 3 of the men's race, whilst also taking in several alternative roads to allow all 6,000 participants to finish in their own time.

A highlight of the sportive will see amateur riders finishing with a 1km seafront sprint finish and crossing the very same finish line as the professional riders.

There will be three distances for riders to choose from - 40km, 85km and 115km.