The full route for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, taking place from 28-30 April 2017, has been unveiled.
The third edition of the race will take teams to all four corners of the county, taking in Yorkshire’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Fountains Abbey and Saltaire.
Stage one begins in Bridlington, before heading into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint. Classifield clumbs up the Côtes de Garrowby Hill and Goathland will be followed by the second sprint of the day in Whitby.
The route then continues on to Robin Hood’s Bay for the third and final climb and before the stage finishes in Scarborough’s North Bay.
On Saturday 29 April’s stage two, which shares the same route as the Asda Tour de Yorkshire women’s race run earlier that day, riders will visit some of Yorkshire’s finest market towns.
Starting on the newly reopened Tadcaster Bridge, teams will face an intermediate sprint in Knaresborough followed by the day’s sole categorised climb on the Côte de Lofthouse before the descent into Masham.
The second intermediate sprint is in Ripon, before the race passes the world-famous Fouintains Abbey before a fast approach to Harrogate – with the stage finish on Parliament Street, as it was in the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France.
The final stage on Sunday 30 April promises to be the toughest stage in the history of the Tour de Yorkshire. Riders start at Bradford City Park before heading into Saltaire, where the action briefly joins the 2014 Tour de France route at Burley-in-Wharfedale before passing Bolton Abbey into the Yorkshire Dales.
The first of eight categorised climbs comes after the race reaches Skipton, with the infamous cobbled climb of the Côte de Shibden Wall a highlight. The race then traverses from West to South Yorkshire and into Penistone with another sprint in Stocksbridge before the riders embark on a torturous 22km finishing circuit that features no-less than four categorised climbs before the race reaches its climax at Fox Valley in Sheffield.
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 2 million spectators and generated £60 million for the local economy, and we’ll go from strength to strength again next year.
“It gives me a great sense of pride that we are leading the way in championing women’s cycling. (The Asda Tour de Yorkshire) is one of the most lucrative in the sport, attracting the best teams and riders from across the globe, and the challenging course will provide a real test of ability in front of massive crowds.”
Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France said: “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.”