Stage finishes in Scarborough, Harrogate, and Sheffield

The route of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire has been announced, with stage finishes in Scarborough, Harrogate and Fox Valley, Sheffield.

The three day stage race will start on Friday, April 28, and finish on Sunday April 30, with a one day women’s race taking place on the Saturday.

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Stage one will start in Bridlington on the east coast of the county, before heading inland into the Yorkshire Wolds, heading north over the Yorkshire Moors to a sprint in Whitby.

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The stage finish will be in Scarborough, which has hosted a stage in every edition of the Tour de Yorkshire. There are three climbs on the stage, at Garrowby, Goathland, and Robin Hood’s Bay.

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The second 122km stage will run from Tadcaster to Harrogate, and will be one for the sprinters with only one classified climb at the mid-point of the stage.

The final stage will start in central Bradford with a tough finishing circuit around the Fox Valley retail park just north of Sheffield.

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Nicknamed the “Yorkshire Terrier” by the race organiser, this 194.5km stage features eight classified climbs (four of which are in the final 20km) with over 3,000m of climbing.

The climbing in this brutal final stage is split into two sections. Firstly the “Côtes” of Silsden, Haworth, Leeming, and Shibden Wall to the west of Bradford.

However the crucial section is likely to be in the final circuit around Stocksbridge to the north of Sheffield.

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The Côte de Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height, and Midhopestones all come in the final 15km of the race, and all feature double didget gradients that should ensure either a solo winner or a small group at the finish.

As was the case in 2016, the women’s Tour de Yorkshire will have the same prize money as the men, with the women’s peloton tackling the route of the second stage from Tadcaster to Harrogate.

All stages, including the women’s race, will be live on television from start to finish.

The Harrogate stage is likely to have implications beyond the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire, with the town that hosted the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Dèpart also tipped to be the focal point of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships.

This could mean that this stage could act as an early indication of the sort of routes we could see at the World Championships, with possible contenders using it as an early recce two year’s ahead of 2019.

The Tour de Yorkshire was first held in 2015 building on the back of the county’s hosting of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Dèpart.

The first edition of the men’s race was won by Team Sky’s Lars Petter Nordhaug, while Direct Énergie’s Thomas Voeckler was victorious in 2016.

The women’s race was initially a criterium around the streets of York in 2015, won by Cycling Weekly writer Louise Mahé (IKON-Mazda), but the introduction of a longer road race route and a big prize pot enticed WorldTour riders in 2016, with Kirsten Wild (Team Hitec Products) winning the most lucrative race in women’s cycling.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Tour de Yorkshire 2016 route
  3. 3. Tour de Yorkshire 2015 route
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  • Mary Heath

    Is this being shown on TV? and if so where?

  • llos25

    Greenhow is one hell of a hard climb especially if your racing.

  • poisonjunction

    I’m with you Baz, it’s probably organiser insecurity – ‘Tour de Yorkshire’! Just maybe ‘Tour o’t Yorkshire’!
    Time t’organisers got real. and sold ‘Yorkshire’ for what it is, not French territory, nor the race a poor relation of the ‘Tour de France’!

    So why ‘Col’ and ‘Cote’ and not plain ‘Climb’ ‘Hill’ or ‘Peak’, and whose daffy idea to prefix ‘Otley Chevin’ . . . . perhaps come the Autumn we’ll all be riding ‘Cote’ or ‘Col’ TTs!

    Do they expect TdF style crowds from all over UK to turn up, if so the’re going to be disappointed [in my opinion].
    The TdF is a one off, even in it’s own country repeated year after year, it pales and may be why the adventure of ‘Grand Departes” outside it’s own borders are becoming the norm. and a wider source of revenue than cash strapped fro . er locals!

    It might have been better to encourage the former 14 day ‘Tour of Britain’ to stay longer in Yorkshire . . . !

    Be different, rename it. ‘Riding Yorkshire’s Ridings’, makes it peculiar t’County, and says it all – no ‘Tour de’ necessary.

  • George Buckton

    Could the organizers please consider Rievaulx in any future tour. It has all the ingredients and would be a fantastic sight.
    A past Rievaulx resident.

  • Baz Elvin

    Ah’m surprised t’organisers ‘aven’t included t’Cote de Tongue-in-Cheek and
    t’Col d’Irony,
    Any road, ‘appen it’ll be Grand.