Stage finishes in Scarborough, Harrogate, and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.