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PICTURES: Tour de Yorkshire - Stage One complete

PICTURES: Tour de Yorkshire - Stage One complete

Published at 9:53pm 2nd May 2019.

Main image courtesy of SWPix.com

PICTURES: Tour de Yorkshire - Stage One complete

  • Stage One of the Tour de Yorkshire has taken place.
  • 160,000 people cheered on the cyclists as they travelled from Doncaster to Selby.
  • Jesper Asselman sprinted to a dramatic breakaway victory in Selby, on day one.
  • Stage Two gets underway tomorrow (Friday, 3 May), traveling through Harrogate, Ripon and Bedale.

The wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits on the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire as competitors travelled from Doncaster to Selby.

The towns and villages along the Stage One, 182.5km route turned out in force with 160,000 people in attendance according to police figures. Many were waving flags and banners, and yellow and blue bunting was hanging everywhere.

Tour de Yorkshire 2019
Image courtesy of SWPix.com
Tour de Yorkshire 2019
Image courtesy of SWPix.com
Tour de Yorkshire - Stage 1 (2019)
Image courtesy of SWPix.com

After the stage Welcome to Yorkshire Commercial Director Peter Dodd said:

“It’s been a fantastic day. Christian Prudhomme and I were blown away by the creativity communities showed to celebrate the race. We saw painted cows and sheep, miles of banners and bunting, and the thousands of schoolchildren lining the route to give an extra special reception.

“Yes, it’s been damp weather but that didn’t dampen the Yorkshire spirit and fantastic images of the county have being broadcast right around the world.

“The shops and eateries offered protection from the rain and looked absolutely packed as we drove through, and I’m sure Doncaster’s fantastic new Market Place must have experienced their busiest day ever. The Tour de Yorkshire is Yorkshire’s greatest street party we’re delighted to see everyone getting involved.

“The racing was really exciting too and no-one knew if the peloton would catch that breakaway. It hung in the balance right until the end making it another classic finish. It sets up the next three stages nicely now and we’re looking forward to seeing what Barnsley to Bedale delivers us.

“Of course, the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race will add another brilliant sporting contest and we look forward to welcoming even more of the world’s best riders.”

Here are a selection of tweets from Stage One: