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After having played host to the Tour de France “Grand Départ” in 2014, Yorkshire went cycling crazy again in 2015, when the Tour de Yorkshire took place over 3 glorious days in the summer.
STAGE 1 – Friday 1st May 2015
Starting in the wonderful coastal resort of Bridlington, the tour headed inland, taking in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, before making its way through Pickering and Dalby Forest towards the North Yorkshire Moors.
The tour then headed to the historic port of Whitby and followed the coast back down, finally ending in the famous seaside town of Scarborough. This stage was notable for a lung-busting hill climb out of Robin Hood’s Bay and a crash from Yorkshire’s own Ben Swift, Leader of Team Sky.
Norwegian, Lars Petter Nordhaug of Team Sky won the stage, after pipping Frenchman Thomas Voeckler on the line.
STAGE 2 – Saturday 2nd May 2015
The second stage began in the market town of Selby, before taking in the glorious sweeping plains of the Humber Estuary and winding through the ancient, narrow streets of Beverley. The riders then made their way into the Yorkshire Wolds before a tremendous finish in the very heart of medieval York.
A rip-roaring sprint to the line was won by Dutchman Moreno Hofland, earning the first win of the season for his Lotto-Jumbo team. However, it was Team Sky’s Lars Petter Nordhaug who had most to smile about, extending his overall race lead to 10 seconds.
STAGE 3 – Sunday 3rd May 2015
The tour moved into West Yorkshire as the riders began their final stage in the City of Wakefield.
They travelled south to Barnsley before heading into the Pennines, which involved some gruelling climbs around beautiful towns such as Holmfirth and Hebden Bridge. After taking in Ilkley the final stage of the tour entered Leeds, with an exciting finish at Roundhay Park.
The final stage was won by BMC’s Ben Hermans, but the overall winner of the race was Team Sky’s Norwegian star Lars Petter Nordhaug, who finished 11 seconds ahead of Spaniard Samuel Sanchez from the BMC Racing team.
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