The route for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire has been announced by organisers in as the race prepares for its second year on the cycling calendar.
At the launch, organiser Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “For next year’s race we’ve 10 selected routes which showcase Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and will also deliver an excellent sporting event.
“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.”
The event took place on Wednesday 9 December in Otley, the home town of Road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead.
Armitstead will see stage two of the race depart from there and travel 135.5km towards Doncaster, skirting Doncaster Sheffield Airport and coming dangerously close to the Anita Nottinghamshire border along the way.
She will also have a chance to race the route as the women will ride exactly the same stage as the men that day for the first time ever.
Russell Downing, fellow sprinter and former British National Champion, said: “Hopefully stage two into Doncaster suits my style of riding.
“I’m with a British team now, JLT Condor, so we all will support each other.”
Stage one of last year’s inaugural race was the decisive day which also finished in Scarborough.
Asked what kind of rider it would take to win the race, Downing wholesale NBA jerseys said: “[It is] very similar to wholesale MLB jerseys last year with the first stage then being the last this year, so it will be a tough fast run into Scarborough.
“[It will take] somebody who can climb really – but a power climber.”
Last year’s race was won by Lars Petter Nordhaug, winning the cheap jerseys much reduced bunch sprint after his Team Sky squad split the race apart on stage one’s climbs as they headed towards Scarborough.
The opening stage this year will take riders from Beverley and Post-1 travel 184km to Settle, where organisers expect a bunch finish to reveal the first person who will wear the blue leader’s jersey.
Co-organiser Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, said: “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.”
Sir Gary Verity said: “Our first race was phenomenally successful, bringing 1.5 million spectators to the roadside, generating over £50million for the regional economy and being broadcast around the world – not many races can say that.
Sir Gary Verity is capping off a busy few days by officially receiving his knighthood at Buckingham Palace the day after the launch.
The Tour de Yorkshire will take place between Friday April 29 and Sunday May 1 2016.
Full details of the race, as well as interactive maps and information about events open to amateur riders, can be found at the organiser’s website.