Armitstead: Tour de Yorkshire is putting on a proper race this year

After declining to participate in last year's inaugural Women's Tour de Yorkshire, describing it as "a token event", world champion Lizzie Armitstead was fulsome in her praise of the race's second edition. Set to take place on April 30, the race will feature a very impressive prize fund of £50,000 and follow the same route as the second stage of the men's Tour de Yorkshire that same day.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).