Tour de Yorkshire 2017

This years Tour de Yorkshire: 3 Days 4 Races and a Sportive…

The third edition of the race took place between 28 – 30 April 2017. It encompassed all four corners of the county and took in Yorkshire’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Fountains Abbey and Saltaire.


“The Tour de Yorkshire was launched in 2015 to extend the legacy of the 2014   Tour  de France Grand Départ. The men’s race is a three-day event with a 2.1 UCI Europe Tour classification. The single-day Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire was awarded 1.2 status in 2016. Both races have helped grow the profile of Yorkshire as a destination for fans of   world-class cycling. Our ambition is to grow the men’s Tour de Yorkshire to a four-day race and extend the women’s race to two days. The 2016 edition was watched by 11.4 million TV viewers in 178 countries and generated £60 million for the Yorkshire economy”

(Source: TdY press release)



The Prize – The Blue Jersey

Photos by Me, Maps and Graphics by Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire Stage 1

Bridlington to Scarborough 28th April 2017

Total stage length: 173km

Stage One gets underway outside Bridlington Spa and heads into Pocklington for the first intermediate sprint. The classified climbs up the Côte de Garrowby Hill and Côte de Goathland will get the legs pumping before the race hits the coastline again at Whitby, and the riders will get a great view of the Abbey as they contest the second sprint of the day. The route continues on to Robin Hood’s Bay for the third and final climb and then it’s full steam into Scarborough for the now-legendary finish along North Bay.




Bridlington Stage 1 Depart


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Thomas Voeckler – team Direct Energie (FRA) – last years very popular winner, heads off. Voeckler is retiring after this season


Christian Prudhomme, the director of The Tour de France

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Riders from Katusha, Delko-Marseille and team Raleigh

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Team Sky’s Jonathan Dibben (left) and Adam Blythe of Aqua Blue Sport – the current British Road Race champion


Team Raleigh

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Ian Stannard of Sky


Scarborough Finish – Stage 1

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Stage 1 Winner and so the first Blue Jersey winner, Dlyan Groenewegen (Team Lotto Jumbo – NED)

The stage was marred by a massive crash behind the stage winners, with Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica) touching wheels and taking out Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin). Others such as Russ Downing (JTL Condor) and Yoeri Havik (Team Raleigh GAC) couldn’t avoid the fallen riders and dozens hit the deck in Scarborough

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Ian Stannard

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Thomas Voeckler


Jonathan Dibben


Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij, takes the first King of The Moutains Jersey





Women’s Tour de Yorkshire Race

Tadcaster to Harrogate 29th April 2017

Total stage length: 122.5km

On Stage Two, men and women will face exactly the same stage which starts in Tadcaster. The action commences on the newly-reopened Tadcaster Bridge and ventures into Knaresborough where the first intermediate sprint points are up for grabs. The sole categorised climb comes on the Côte de Lofthouse and then it’s on to Ripon for the second intermediate sprint. The race will skirt Fountains Abbey before a fast approach to Harrogate, and the action will reach its crescendo along Parliament Street, just as it did on the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France.

I caught up with the race in the village of Ripley before going back to Harrogate for the finish.


Above – A warm welcome in Ripley for the Tour

The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire boasted a stellar field with a record number of 18 teams competing. 11 of the 14 top-ranked teams in the world were in action alongside seven domestic squads. Of those, Boels Dolmans Cycling Team, Bepink Cogeas, Canyon Sram Racing, Cervelo – Bigla Pro Cycling Team, FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli and the newly launched Storey Racing are new additions for 2017.



Silvia Valsecchi of team Bepink Cogeas – ITL, heads the race going into Ripley


The peloton chasing her down





Women’s Race Finish – Harrogate

Elizabeth Deignan – team Boels Dolmans – wins the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire Race by a 55 second margin after a solo breakaway


“I went on instinct, I saw a moment where it was good to go and didn’t look back”





Dream Team – Boels Dolmans – NED: (Nikki Brammeier, Chantal Blaak, Lizzi Deignan, Amy Peters, Anna Van Der Breggen)


Anna Van Der Breggen (above) is having quite A Year: Winner of this years Liège-Bastogne-Liège Feminine, the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne Feminine and wearing the jersey of the European Road Cycling Champion!


Second and Third Places: Coryn Rivera – USA – Team Sunweb and Giorgia Bronzini – ITL – Team Wiggle High5


Norwegian team Hitec


Above – Claudia Lichtenberg – GER – of Wiggle High5, and Below: winner of the Queen of The Mountains classification



Mads Scott of team NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli


Gabriella Nordin (SWE) of team Sunsport Velo had to be taken to hospital suffering from exhaustion






Above: No prizes for guessing who they are here for


Tour de Yorkshire Stage 2

Tadcaster to Harrogate 122.5km ( Route Map same as for Women’s Race) 29th April 2017

Harrogate Finish Line


Nacer Bouhanni – FRA – of team Cofidis wins Stage 2 


Stage 2 Harrogate – the sprint battle for places


Matt Heyman – AUS – of Orica Scott (winner of the 2016 Paris-Roubaix)



Roger Kluge – GER – of Orica


Nacer Bouhanni – stage winner


Caleb Ewan (Orica) of Australia retains the Green Sprinters Jersey and moves into the Blue Jersey race leader


Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij, retains King of The Moutains Jersey at Stage 2


Local boy Harry Tanfield – team Bike Channel Canyon – wins Most Aggressive rider for the stage

The grey jersey is awarded to the day’s “most active” competitor and is decided through a vote on social media. Tanfield, from Great Ayton, received the prize in front of his home crowd after featuring in a breakaway which led for much of the 122.5km route from Tadcaster. “I sometimes go through there on club rides on a weekend. My parents were at the finish and I could hear people calling my name all the way round” (Harry Tanfield – Yorkshire Post)

Tour de Yorkshire Sportive

30th April – Short Route 45km – my turn to have a bash 🙂



TdY Sportive Short

Tour de Yorkshire Stage 3

Bradford to Fox Valley Sheffield 30th April 2017

Total stage length: 194.5km

On Stage Three The riders roll out of City Park in Bradford and take in Salts Mill before the start flag is lowered. The action then briefly joins the 2014 Tour de France route at Burley-in-Wharfedale before passing into the Yorkshire Dales. Skipton is the next town on the agenda, with the first of eight categorised climbs being contested on the Côte de Silsden. The next ascent comes on the cobbled rise up Haworth’s picturesque main street and another climb at Leeming must also be tackled before they face the infamous Côte de Shibden Wall. This cobbled brute could see splits form before the final intermediate sprint in Stocksbridge. The riders then embark on a torturous 22km finishing circuit that features no less than four categorised climbs at Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height and Midhopestones before the race reaches its climax at Fox Valley.

After a gruelling Sportive Ride the only thing I was fit for was to loiter around the Podium – so this is how TdY 2017 ended……


Stage 3 Winner – Serge Pauwels – BEL – of team Dimension Data – enough to put him into the Blue Jersey and win the Tour.


Final Standings: Overall General Classification: Tour Winner – Serge Pauwels – BEL – Dimension Data (11h53’04” 00″) 2nd – Omar Fraile -ESP – Dimension Data (11h53’10” 06″) and 3rd – Jonathan Hivert – FRA – Direct Energie (11h53’11” 07″)


Final overall King of the Mountains jersey winner – Pieter Weening – NED – team Roompot NL Loterij


Janse van Rensburg – RSA – most agressive rider – attacked twice on the Cote de Wigtwizzle



The full list of teams for the Men’s 2017 Tour de Yorkshire is:

Seven UCI WorldTour teams:

BMC Racing Team (USA), Orica – Scott (AUS), Team Dimension Data (RSA), Team Katusha Alpecin (SUI), Team Lotto NL – Jumbo (NED), Team Sky (GBR) and Team Sunweb (GER).

Five UCI Pro Continental teams:

Aqua Blue Sport (IRE), Cofidis, Solutions Credits (FRA), Delko Marseille Provence KTM (FRA), Direct Energie (FRA) and Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij (NED).

Five UCI Continental teams:

Bike Channel Canyon (GBR), JLT Condor (GBR), Madison Genesis (GBR), One Pro Cycling (GBR) and Team Raleigh GAC (GBR).

One national team: Team GB (GBR).

The full list of teams for the 2017 Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire is:

Ale Cipollini (ITA), Bepink Cogeas (ITA), Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (NED), Canyon Sram Racing (GER), Cervelo – Bigla Pro Cycling Team (GER), Cylance Pro Cycling (USA), Drops Cycling Team (GBR), FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA), Fusion RT Fierlan (GBR), Hitec Products (NOR), Lares – Waowdeals Women Cycling Team (BEL), NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli (GBR), Storey Racing (GBR), Team Ford EcoBoost (GBR), Team Jadan Weldtite (GBR), Team Sunweb (NED), Team WNT (GBR) and Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling (GBR).




2017 Tour de Yorkshire