Jolien D’hoore wins in Suffolk – Stage 1 – OVO Energy Women’s Tour

Belgian rider Jolien D’hoore sprinted to victory on the opening day of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Suffolk for the second year running, leading a Boels Dolmans Cycling Team one-two across the line after a testing day in gruelling conditions.

D’hoore, winner in Southwold 12 month ago, led home Dutch team-mate Amy Pieters in Stowmarket to take the first OVO Energy green jersey of this year’s race.

 

Interview – Jolien D’Hoore Stg 1 Winner 2019 – OVO Women’s Tour – Stowmarket by Cycling Shorts

Jolien D’Hoore talks to the media after her stage 1 win in the 2019 OVO Women’s Tour in Stowmarket. ©All contents CyclingShorts.cc | www.chrismaher.co.uk

 

“It was a pretty good day for us, I’m feeling alright, I did Bira two weeks ago and then straight after Thüringen, it’s pretty hard but now I’m feeling pretty good and it was pretty hard and I’m happy I could show it today with the stage win. The team was really strong, and they brought me actually to the perfect position going into the sprint and they dropped me off at 150 to go and Amy Pieters got second herself, so it really proves that we are a strong team here.”

“I think I like Suffolk now. It’s really nice and also last year was the first stage so there’s the advantage of having all the jerseys now, so I really like it and today a bunch sprint was expected and I am happy it was this way.”

Jolien D'Hoore

Stage 1 Winner & GC Leader, Boels Dolmans Cycling Team

The pair were at the head of the peloton that chased down British rider Abby-Mae Parkinson (Drops) who held a one and a half minute lead as the race passed through Stowmarket for the first time, with WNT ROTOR’S Lisa Brennauer taking third.

Parkinson’s reward for her efforts that brought the finish crowds in Stowmarket to life on a rain soaked stage was the first Wahooligan Combativity Award of the week.  The Drops rider crossed the finish line 67th, while team-mate Ellie Dickinson was the leading British rider on the stage, finishing 12th.  

Having now taken three of her four stage wins in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in the East of England, the Belgian continued, “I think I like Suffolk now. It’s really nice and also last year was the first stage so there’s the advantage of having all the jerseys now, so I really like it and today a bunch sprint was expected and I am happy it was this way.”

In addition to the race lead, D’hoore also takes the initial lead in the Breast Cancer Care Points Jersey, while Boels Dolmans team-mate Christine Majerus leads the SKODA Queen of the Mountains Jersey.

Defending champion Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) began her campaign by taking the Eisberg Sprints jersey on day one and with it six seconds of time bonuses.

Once more the OVO Energy Women’s Tour will offer prize money parity with the men’s Tour of Britain, thanks to award winning independent energy supplier OVO Energy, the title sponsors for a third edition of the race.

Stage 1 Results

OVO Women's Tour Preview - Stage 2

Highlights of Stage One will be shown on ITV4 at 20:00 on Monday 10 June with a repeat at 06:25 on Tuesday 11 June on the same channel.  Programmes will be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch up service and via Eurosport in the UK and around the world.

Cyclopark will make OVO Energy Women’s Tour history this June as it hosts the race’s first-ever Kent stage.

Outlining the race’s support for existing cycle infrastructure in Great Britain, the world’s best riders will tackle a 62.5-kilometre (25-lap) kermesse around the Gravesend circuit on Tuesday 11 June – day two of the 2019 race.

This stage will see Kent play host to its biggest international sporting event since the 2007 Tour de France Grand Depart, which was delivered in part by SweetSpot Group,

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Tour de Yorkshire Finale Stage 4 Race Report – Halifax to Leeds

Four years on from their win in the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, newly re-launched Team INEOS made their strength and intentions known with a dominant performance that saw Chris Lawless ride away as 2019 Tour de Yorkshire champion.

The Queen stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, dubbed ‘The Yorkshire Classic’, was built to suit a Spring classics style rider; and there are none better than reigning TDY and Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet.

However, INEOS’ dominance was shown early on in the race as they controlled it from the off.

Last year’s final stage saw Stephane Rosetto produce one of the most awe-inspiring rides of any professional cycling race ever, riding over 100km in a lone breakaway on his own to take the stage.

This year was very different, challenged by Rawal Readynez and their willingness to get their man, and stage 3 winner, Alexander Kamp to the finish line in Leeds first, the World Tour teams INEOS and CCC realised they had to control the the pace and INEOS’ Ian Stannard producing another gruelling ride to help his team set up for a grandstand finish in Leeds.

A breakaway of nine riders formed early on in the race and opened up a gap of around three minutes. These riders were Pierre Rolland, Jonathan Hivert, Jake Scott, Johnny McEvoy, Joey Walker, Arnaud Courteille, Julien Irizar, Ethan Hayter and Victor Lafay.

The two sprints and five classified climbs would be taken by two riders that had formed this initial breakaway with Jacob Scott taking the first sprint and first climb and Arnaud Courteille claiming everything else on offer to secure himself the King of the Mountains jersey.

The nine-man break was reeled in to leave just three riders, Courteille, Hivert and Lafay, and they held onto a lead of around a minute and half for a while but the way that Team INEOS was starting to control the race, it was thought that they would inevitably attack this race to put their riders in with a chance of the stage and overall win.

This was never more evident than when four-time Tour de France Champion Chris Froome offered a big attack on top of Otley Chevin with just over 20km to go.

Knowing the danger of a move such as this Van Avermaet followed the move before Eddie Dunbar took the reins and launched a vicious attack that caught the leading pair and, despite it seeming like his day was over at Otley Chevin, Chris Lawless rode on with Van Avermaet to set up a sprint finish in which 2018 champion Van Avermaet took the stage but Lawless stayed on to take the overall stage win.

With this fantastic performance, Lawless became the first ever British winner of the Tour de Yorkshire in a race that also saw Yorkshireman Scott Thwaites return to form with an 8th place finish; Yorkshire’s highest placed rider since the race’s inception.

Interview – Chris Lawless – Winner of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire by Cycling Shorts

Winner of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire; Chris Laweless of Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky)talks to the press after his win. ©All content CyclingShorts.cc | chrismaher.co.uk

 

 

Interview – Greg van Avermaet – Winner of the Final Stage of Le Tour de Yorkshire 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Greg van Avermaet talks to the media after winning the final stage of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire narrowly missing out on taking the GC win. ©All content CyclingShorts.cc | chrismaher.co.uk

 

 

Stage 4 and Overall Race Results

STAGE RESULT
1.     Greg van Avermaet – CCC (BEL) 
2.     Chris Lawless – INS (GBR) 
3.     Edward Dunbar – INS (IRL)
4.     Tom-Jelte Slagter – TDD (NED)
5.     James Shaw – SCB (GBR)
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1.     Chris Lawless – INS (GBR) 15h18’12’’ 00″
2.     Greg van Avermaet – CCC (BEL) 15h18’14” 02″
3.     Edward Dunbar – INS (IRL) 15h18’23” 11″
4.     Alexander Kamp – RIW (DEN) 15h18’27” 15″
5.     James Shaw – SCB (GBR) 15h18’37” 25″

Chris Lawless (Team INEOS)

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries GC Jersey

Chris Lawless (Team INEOS)

Asda Points Jersey

Arnaud Corteille (Vital Concept)

LNER King of the Mountains Jersey

Lucas Eriksson (Riwal Readynez)

Dimension Data Most Aggressive

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Finale – ASDA Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2019 – Race Report

Vos the Boss

 

The world’s best riders put on a show on the final stage of the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race today as a rider with a palmares longer than today’s stage won the 2019 race.

Mariana Vos showed the world that she is still an unreal force in women’s cycling with a convincing victory into Scarborough in front of great crowds.

Sign on in Bridlington was greeted by all seasons and at a time when wind, rain and hail hit the stage, Kelly Murphy (Storey Racing), involved in the breakaway in stage one offered some advice for the race: “You can ride through anything, it’s just mind over matter.”

It was a day for attacks and the first came from Canyon-Sram’s Alice Barnes who pulled away with around a 12 second advantage. It wasn’t to hold but did breed more attacks from a number of different riders, including the Queen of the Mountains jersey holder, and Yorkshire native, Lizzy Banks (Bigla).

From an attack, Banks went on to take the sprint points at the Harwood Dale intermediate sprint, ahead of GC leader Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv).

As the race wound its way towards the descent into Robin Hood’s Bay, World Champion and race favourite Anna van der Breggen timed an attack perfectly to break away and flew up the Cote de Hooks House Farm climb too to go level with Lizzy Banks in the QOM classification.

Home favourite, and former race winner, Lizzie Deignan tried to match the attack and went after van der Breggen and a chase group rode on to join her as the peloton began to panic and stretch out as they attempted to reel the world champion in.

A huge effort up the climb at Lythe Bank saw the pursuing group join van der Breggen that saw around 8 riders at the head of the race. Things didn’t calm down here though as Mavi Garcia (Movistar) attacked and gained a 31 second advantage ahead of the penultimate climb of the day, the Cote de Grosmont, where she took all the points.

Garcia also crested the final climb of the day at Ugglebarnby to take pole position in the QOM competition before Vos and Soraya Paladin (Alé Cipollini); 12 seconds ahead of a chasing trio of Hannah Barnes (Canyon-Sram), Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans).

Interview – Christine Majerus – Winner ASDA Green Points Jersey – WTdY 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Christine Majerus 2019 Winner of the ASDA Green Sprinters Points Jersey in the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire chats after her win. ©All content Cyclingshorts.cc | chrismaher.co.uk

Marianne is a phenomenal rider and thoroughly deserves this win because she rode it very smartly, so congratulations to her. This has been another fantastic race and the whole women’s peloton is incredibly grateful for the support we have received from the organisers. This is a top-class race and I’m looking forward to returning in September for the World Championships.

Lizzie Deignan

Winner Dimension Data Jersey - Women's Tour de Yorkshire 2019, Team Trek-Segafredo

Interview – Marianne Vos – ASDA WtdY Winner 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Marianne Vos chats after winning the 2019 Women’s Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough. ©All content CyclingShorts.cc | chrismaher.co.uk

Majerus, know for being a super domestique, seemed to offer a threat to Vos, who decided to push on alone but it wasn’t long until Paladin, who was riding off the front the whole time, reeled her in.

Hannah Barnes looked threatening at this point as she was sitting in the pursuing group exerting little energy as the front group pushed on. The old adage, as ITV4 commentator Ned Boulting remarked, goes ‘look out for those doing the least amount of work’ but it was not a slight, rather a compliment on the smarts of the Canyon-Sram rider.

However, it became evident that the three riders at the front would not be caught and, despite the headwinds causing great distress in the final few kilometres, a sprint ensued and it was CCC-Liv’s Vos who took the stage win and the overall title to be crowned Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race champion 2019.

Although not a race win for Lizzie Deignan, it was clear that the ride helped with the Otley native’s training for the upcoming world championships and after helping to thin out the field earlier on in the race with a strong attacking performance, the former winner was voted the most active riders sponsored by Dimension Data in a live Twitter poll @letouryorkshire.

I was nervous coming into the final because I didn’t know what power I had left in my legs after such a hard stage but to finish it off was incredible. I’m really happy to win here and the crowds in the last few days have been fantastic. Like us, the spectators have braved some bad weather over the last two days but they have always cheered us on. It’s been a very good race.

Marianne Vos

Winner - Women's Tour de Yorkshire 2019, Team CCC

Stage 2 Results

STAGE RESULT
1.     Marianne Vos – CCC (NED)
2.     Margarita Garcia Canellas – MOV (ESP)
3.     Soraya Paladin – ALE (ITA)
4.     Christine Majerus – DLT (LUX) 01’22”
5.     Amanda Spratt – MTS (AUS)
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1.     Marianne Vos – CCC (NED) 7h34’27’’ 00″
2.     Margarita Garcia Canellas – MOV (ESP) 7h34’34’’ 07″
3.     Soraya Paladin – ALE (ITA) 7h34’36’’ 09″
4.     Christine Majerus – DLT (LUX) 7h35’55’’ 01’28”
5.     Amanda Spratt – FDJ (AUS) 7h36’02’’ 01’35”
 

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv)

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries GC Jersey

Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans)

Asda Points Jersey

Mavi Garcia (Movistar)

LNER Queen of the Mountains Jersey

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo)

Dimension Data Most Active Jersey

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Tour de Yorkshire Stage 3 Race Report

An historically challenging stage between Bridlington and Scarborough made its third appearance in the Tour de Yorkshire today as the general classification took a closer step to being decided.

A wet and windy start did nothing to dampen expectations of riders as they set off at a keen pace with a view to attacking and gaining valuable points and seconds ahead of an even tougher final stage tomorrow.

The first break of the day formed early on with nine riders splitting from the pack and grabbing an almost two minute lead.

The first climb of the day at the Cote de Silpho saw Rob Scott (WIGGINS Le-Col) take the points ahead of Mikey Mottram (Vitus Pro Cycling) and John Archibald (Team Ribble). Someone must’ve hit repeat, as the riders replicated the exact same result at Cote de Hooks House Farm.

Mikey Mottram managed to change position from second to first in both intermediate sprints ahead of Romain Sicard (Total Direct Energie) and with 64km to go the 9 man break had been reeled in slightly, only holding a 55 second lead. A mixture of Team INEOS, CCC, yesterday’s stage winner’s Katusha Alpecin and two jersey holders Roompot-Charles pulling at the front of the peloton reined the break in further still. It was INEOS that would up the pace even more and swallow up the original breakaway.

This was just the clam before the storm, as a strong group that included six riders from INEOS, namely one Chris Froome, reigning champion Greg Van Avermaet, British National Champion Connor Swift and the overall race leader Jesper Asselman, broke away and left the peloton reeling.

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Asselman dropped from the break once and managed to ride back on but could not keep the pace and was dropped for good as the elite group ascended the final climb and pushed on to the headwinds that awaited them at the seafront finish.

It would set up another exciting Scarborough sprint to decide who would take the stage win with British riders Connor Swift and Scott Thwaites both pushing on with Van Avermaet, Chris Lawless (Team INEOS) and Alexander Kamp (Riwal Readynez) all looking strong.

Team Riwal Readynez really pushed hard from the front today to set up their man Kamp and he delivered, taking the win with a millimetre perfect attack ahead of Lawless.

It would be Lawless however who took the overall race lead, backing up his third place finish a day prior in Bedale with a second place finish to take both the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries leader’s jersey and the Asda points jersey.

Stage 3 Results

STAGE RESULT
1.     Alexander Kamp – RIW (DEN)
2.     Chris Lawless – INS (GBR)
3.     Greg van Avermaet – CCC (BEL)
4.     Rasmus Tiller – TDD (NOR)
5.     Scott Thwaites – VIT (GBR)
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1.     Chris Lawless – INS (GBR) 10h38’15’’ 00″
2.     Alexander Kamp – RIW (DEN) s.t.
3.     Greg van Avermaet – CCC (BEL) 10h38’21’’ 06″
4.     Andreas Nielsen – RIW (DEN) 10h38’25’’ 10″
5.     Scott Thwaites – VIT (GBR) s.t.

Chris Lawless (Team INEOS)

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries GC Jersey

Chris Lawless (Team INEOS)

Asda Points Jersey

Rob Scott (WIGGINS Le-Col)

LNER King of the Mountains Jersey

John Archibald (Ribble Pro Cycling)

Dimension Data Most Aggressive

TdY Preview - Stage 4

The Tour de Yorkshire finishes on Sunday in Leeds.

All images © Tour de Yorkshire / ASO

Race Report: Stage 1 – Womens Tour de Yorkshire – Barnsley to Bedale

It was a stage for the sprinters and, unlike their male counterparts in yesterday’s TDY stage, the peloton refused to let the break steal the limelight and a bunch sprint saw Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT) cross the line ahead of Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) and Alison Jackson (Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank).

A rainy start to the day did nothing to dampen spirits in Barnsley as hosts of fans gathered to see some of the world’s best female cycling talent take to the start line of the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire.

The race saw its strongest field to date with the top two riders in the UCI World Tour rankings Annemiek van Vleuten and Marianne Vos ready to tackle the General Classification.

The extremely talented field also hosts domestic and world talent with eyes on the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries Blue leader’s jersey and it is hard to pick an out and out favourite.

Anna van der Breggen, fresh from her record-equalling fifth consecutive victory in La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, will be one to watch and don’t rule out home favourite Lizzie Deignan, who may say she is here looking to get more kilometres into her legs ahead of the UCI Road World Championships in September, but will definitely have one eye on taking back the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s title that she last held in 2017.

The race rolled out of Barnsley at a steady pace and as the riders approached the first intermediate sprint at Pontefract 20km in, the bunch was still together with Susanne Andersen (Team Sunweb), Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) all taking points.

There were plenty of attempts to break after this point with none gaining too much traction as a strong peloton retained control, Sheffield’s Lizzy Banks (Bigla) was looking active and after a couple of attempts managed to break with serious effort to gain a 2-minute lead over the bunch as Leah Dixon (Brother-Tifosi p/b On Form) rode on to join her.

It would be Banks who would take the only Queen of the Mountains points of the day, resulting in her gaining the LNER Red QOM jersey.

Interview – Lizzy Banks – LNER Best Climber Red Jersey – Stage 1 – Womens Tour De Yorkshire 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Lizzy Banks chats to Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc after taking the LNER Best Climber Jersey in Stage 1 of the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2019. ©All content CyclingShorts.cc | chrismaher.co.uk

 

Interview – Leah Dixon – Stage 1 Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2019 Grey Jersey by Cycling Shorts

Leah Dixon of Team OnForm talks to Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc after she took the Dimension Data Grey Jersey for the most active rider of the day on Stage 1 of the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2019 in Bedale. All content ©CyclingShorts.cc | chrismaher.co.uk

 

Just before the Harrogate Circuit, a key feature on the UCI Road World Championships route this coming September, four riders joined the break.

Kelly Murphy (Storey-Racing), Ingrid Lorvik (Hitec Products-Birk Sport), Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Valcar Cylance Cycling) and Lauren Kitchen (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futoroscope) all rode on to contest the next sprint in Harrogate. Kitchen took the spoils here ahead of Confalonieri and Lorvik.

The gap out of Harrogate was at just 37 seconds and the peloton started to ride aggressively to reel in the break. Trek-Segafredo made eye-catching moves with Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Tayler Wiles and Lizzie Deignan all offering big pushes for their team.

Lauren Kitchen in the break held on to take the Black Sheep Straight section of the race, winning her height in beer but it was here original break partner Leah Dixon who took the Dimension Data Digital Jersey.

As the race came into Bedale, the break was caught and although the Barnes sisters from CANYON//SRAM pushed from the front it was Parkhotel Valkenburg’s Lorena Wiebes who would sprint on to take the stage win.

Stage 1 Results

STAGE RESULT
1.     Lorena Wiebes – PHV (NED)
2.     Christine Majerus – DLT (LUX)
3.     Alison Jackson – TIB (CAN)
4.     Roxanne Fournier – MOV (FRA)
5.     Lisa Brennauer – WNT (GER)
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1.     Lorena Wiebes – PHV (NED) 3h35’14’’ 00″
2.     Christine Majerus – DLT (LUX) 3h35’17” 03″
3.     Alison Jackson – TIB (CAN) 3h35’20” 06″
4.     Susanne Andersen – SUN (NOR) 3h35’21” 07″
5.     Lauren Kitchen – FDJ (AUS) s.t.

Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg)

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries GC Jersey

Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg)

Asda Points Jersey

Lizzy Banks (Bigla)

LNER Queen of the Mountains Jersey

Leah Dixon (Brother-Tifosi p/b On Form)

Dimension Data Most Active Jersey

Asda Women's TdY Preview - Stage 2

The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire comes to a conclusion with stage 2 on Saturday morning.

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Tour de Yorkshire Stage 2 Race Report – Barnsley to Bedale

A sprint finish was predicted and a sprint finish was delivered, as the peloton reeled in the early breakaway in the last few kilometres; allowing Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) to fly over the line to take stage two in Bedale.

The race saw an early breakaway formed with Tom Stewart (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes), Fabien Grellier (Total-Direct Energie), Jake Scott (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) and Chris McGlinchey (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK) all racing away from the bunch.

Three of these riders would take the sprint points too as Tom Stewart crossed the Pontefract line ahead of Jake Scott and Chris McGlinchey. The break was then joined by two more riders in the form of WIGGINS teammates James Fouché and Robert Scott.

With 12km to go until the day’s only classified climb at the Cote de Lindley the break was still out in front, although their lead had been cut to around a minute twenty.

It was one of the WIGGINS riders who animated himself enough to take the King of the Mountains points, as James Fouché raced ahead of sprint winner Tom Stewart with Chris McGlinchey taking another third place.

From here the riders got their first and only look at the UCI Road World Championships circuit under race conditions and it seems that the crowd had the same idea as droves of supporters lined the route and watched the peloton ride up Parliament Street and past what will be the finishing straight in September.

Harrogate also saw the second sprint of the day and roles were reversed from the first sprint as Jake Scott took the spoils ahead of Chris McGlinchey and Tom Stewart.

With only a 60 second advantage as the race left Harrogate, it was thought that the bunch sprint would eventually be caught – the peloton wanted no part of another breakaway stage win.

16km to go saw the breakaway riders start to attack each other ahead of the advancing bunch but it was only around 3km to go that the peloton finally regrouped. It was here that the sprint teams started to organise themselves and a bunch sprint ensued.

A few riders looked as though they could take the stage but an emphatic ride from Rick Zabel gave Katusha-Alpecin their first stage victory in Yorkshire.

Continuing Roompot-Charles’ great form at this year’s TDY, Boy van Poppel took second place and with it the Asda points jersey; ahead of Team INEOS’ Chris Lawless who took third.

Stage 2 Results

STAGE RESULT
1.     Rick Zabel – TKA (GER)
2.     Boy van Poppel – ROC (NED) 
3.     Chris Lawless – INS (GBR)
4.     Andy Tennant – DHB (GRB) 
5.     Dan McLay – GBR (GBR)
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1.     Jesper Asselman – ROC (NED) 7h14’50’’ 00″
2.     Rick Zabel – TKA (GER) 7h14’51” 01″
3.     Boy van Poppel – ROC (NED) 7h14’55” 05″
4.     Filippo Fortin – COF (ITA) s.t.
5.     Jacob Hennessy – DHB (GBR) s.t

Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Charles)

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries GC Jersey

Boy van Poppel (Roompot-Charles)

Asda Points Jersey

Jacob Hennessey (Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes)

LNER King of the Mountains Jersey

Jake Scott (Swift Carbon Pro Cycling)

Dimension Data Most Aggressive

TdY Preview - Stage 3

The Tour de Yorkshire continues on Saturday morning with the final stage of the women’s race, it’s followed in the afternoon with stage 3 of the men’s race.

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Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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CyclingShorts.cc are official sponsors of The Racing Chance Foundation, Team22 WRTTeam Jadan and cyclists Amy Gornall & Fraser Martin.

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