Established in the wake of the 2014 Tour de France's successful Grand Départ in the region, the ASO-organised Tour de Yorkshire is now in its fourth year. With that comes an extra stage, making it a four-day race.
Taking in the eastern Pennines, as well as the North York Moors, the Tour de Yorkshire is one for the puncheurs and baroudeurs. It’s not all hills, though, with at least one opportunity for the sprinters along the way.
Rather than a staging ground for new talent, the race has so far proven to be a battle of established riders. Looking at the roll of honour and seeing the names of Lars Petter Nordhaug, Thomas Voeckler and Serge Pauwels gives one a good idea of what to expect.
The race kicks off in Beverley on Thursday, May 3, and finishes in Leeds on Sunday, May 6.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data||11:53:04|
|2||Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Dimension Data||0:00:06|
|3||Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie||0:00:07|
|4||Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:00:18|
|5||Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis||0:00:20|
|6||Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin|
|7||Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport|
|8||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky|
|9||Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb|
|10||Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:00:35|