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Tour race times unveiled

Tour race times unveiled

Published at 9:53am 5th March 2015. (Updated at 5:25pm 6th March 2015)

Spectators can now make more detailed plans ahead of this year's Tour de Yorkshire.

Organisers have unveiled the times the race is expected to pass through West Yorkshire for the final stage on Sunday 3 May.

The stage, from Wakefield to Leeds, will start at 12.15pm outside Wakefield Cathedral and take in parts of Wharfedale.

It includes no less than six King of the Mountain climbs, culminating in the Cow and Calf (at 3.42pm) and Otley Chevin (at 3.59pm), ahead of the final Athington sprint.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council's Executive Member for Digital and Creative Technologies, Culture and Skills, said: "As anticipation grows, everyone can start to plan where they will see the race from and at what time to watch cycling’s top athletes battle our inspiring scenery.

"We've worked hard to ensure disruption to residents is kept to a minimum.

"With rolling road closures, no road should be affected for longer than an hour."

Leeds City Council says it will shortly be writing to all residents and businesses on the route, with detailed information including any temporary road closures, parking restrictions or changes to services.

Key points of Stage Three      Sunday 3 May     
Wakefield Cathedral (start) 12.15pm 
Holmfirth climb 1.28pm
Scapegoat climb 1.51pm
Hebden Bridge climb 2.48pm
Goose Eye climb 3.11pm
Ilkley sprint 3.39pm
Cow and Calf climb 3.42pm
Otley Chevin climb 3.59pm
Roundhay Park, Leeds (finish) 4.34pm

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "Today's confirmation of the timings and precise routes in and out of the start and finish towns and cities will help fans, spectators and businesses who can now begin to plan their weekend, where to watch and how to get the best out of the event.

"This is going to be an extremely exciting three days for Yorkshire."

Thierry Gouvenou, Tour de France Sports Director, added: "Our technical team had a good final visit to Yorkshire and we are very happy with the route the riders will take.

"With 515km in total, there are some excellent opportunities throughout the three days for spectators to see riders take Sprint and King of the Mountain climb points, ahead of finish lines designed to generate the kind of welcome that Yorkshire spectators gave the peloton in the Tour de France."

The race will be broadcast in the UK, and on Eurosport, to 70 countries around the world.

Stage One sees the riders travel from Bridlington to Scarborough.

Stage Two starts in Selby and ends in York.

More details on route maps and race timings.