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WATCH: Harrogate to host Tour de Yorkshire stage finish

Tour de Yorkshire

Published at 11:00am 2nd December 2016. (Updated at 3:31pm 2nd December 2016)

Organisers of next year's Tour de Yorkshire have revealed that Harrogate will host the finish for Stage 2 of the cycle race.

Riders will arrive in town after setting off from Tadcaster and covering 122.5 kilometres on Saturday 29 April.

They'll take in Wetherby, Knaresborough, Ripley, Pateley Bridge, Masham, West Tanfield, Ripon and Hampsthwaite along the way.

Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley, Addingham, Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Linton, Skipton and Kildwick are included in Stage 3, which starts in Bradford and ends in Fox Valley (Sheffield) on Sunday 30 April.

The women's race will be held on exactly the same route as Stage 2, with the women starting in the morning and the men in the early afternoon.

The £50,000 prize pot is one of the largest in the sport.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "I can't wait to see the world's best riders tackling these routes. We've worked hard to design a course which showcases Yorkshire's stunning scenery, as well as delivering a thrilling sporting event.

"Last year, the race attracted two million spectators and generated £60 million for the local economy, and we'll go from strength to strength again next year."

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, added: "I always enjoy coming to Yorkshire and the county certainly knows how to put on a show. I am excited by what this year's route has in store and am sure it will provide three days of fantastic racing."

Stage 1 - The Coast and Wolds - Bridlington to Scarborough

The race takes the peloton from the coast through the Yorkshire Wolds, starting outside the refurbished Bridlington Spa and heading into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint.

The classified climbs up the Côtes de Garrowby Hill and 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 world-famous 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 - Historic Market Towns - Tadcaster to Harrogate

Starting on Tadcaster Bridge - which will be newly-reopened following flood damage last Boxing Day - this stage takes the riders through some of Yorkshire's finest market towns.

They will venture into Knaresborough, where the first intermediate sprint points are up for grabs, and the day's sole categorised climb comes on the fearsome Côte de Lofthouse before the descent into Masham.

It's on to Ripon for the second intermediate sprint and the race will skirt the stunning Fountains Abbey before a fast approach to Harrogate.

The action reaches its crescendo along Parliament Street, just as it did on the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France.

Stage 3 - The Yorkshire Terrier - Bradford to Fox Valley (Sheffield)

This is the toughest stage in the history of the Tour de Yorkshire, with riders starting at Bradford City Park before heading into Saltaire.

The action then briefly joins the 2014 Tour de France route at Burley-in-Wharfedale before passing the majestic Bolton Abbey and 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 following 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 intermediate sprint at Clifton.

The race then traverses from West to South Yorkshire and into Penistone, and another sprint is on the cards at Stocksbridge before the riders embark on a torturous 22km finishing circuit which features no less than four categorised climbs.

These come at Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height and Midhopestones before the race reaches its climax at Fox Valley.

 

Councillor Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen to host the finish of Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire in 2017.

"The route passes through some of the district's most beautiful and dramatic countryside and past historic towns and villages. It will undoubtedly be a real test for the riders and a visual feast for spectators - both those lining the route and those watching the action on television.

"Harrogate has successfully hosted a number of major events which offer fantastic sporting entertainment, bring a real boost to the economy and encourage people to visit the district.

"By hosting the event on the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend, we will once again be able to create a celebratory festival atmosphere which worked so well for the Tour de France in 2014.

"We look forward to welcoming back some of the world's best riders and cycling fans and to staging an event which will be remembered for years to come."

As with previous years, most of the route will see rolling road closures, which generally last no more than an hour.

However, the start and finish areas, some of the climbs and busier locations are likely to see longer closures to ensure the safety of the race and spectators.

More details about closures and parking restrictions will be made available nearer to the event.