Tour De Yorkshire Stage 1 – (Beverley – Settle)
Thousands of spectators lined the streets of North & West Yorkshire streets as the first stage of the 2016 Tour De Yorkshire travelled from Beverley to the finish line in Settle.
Sir Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2014 Tour De France said, “It’s a great atmosphere in Yorkshire today, there is a tough day’s racing ahead so thanks to everyone who braved the weather and came out to support me and the boys, we all really appreciate it.”
The tour started just before midday in Beverley as the teams travelled 185km to the finish in Settle, however the teams got just 300 yards outside of Beverley before the first incident of the race, when a major crash took down 10 rides.
Team Katusha’s Sven Erik Bystrom was left with minor facial injuries after a multi-bike crash, the Russian team claimed the accident was caused by a cattle grid.
Stage one took the riders from Beverley through Holme-on-the-Wolds, Market Weighton and on westwards to a sprint point at Bubwith. The peloton then raced through North Duffield and west to Cawood.
It’s then on to Tadcaster famous for its breweries, before the riders visit Boston Spa, Wetherby, North Deighton and Knaresborough. the race then travels to Ripley and then Pateley Bridge where the first King of the Mountain will be won at Greenhow Hill.
As the race reached Gargrave, Sir Bradley Wiggins pulled out of the Tour de Yorkshire, the four time Olympic champion riding as part of his build up to the 2016 Olympics, pulled out around 26km from the finish in cold, damp conditions.
Dylan Groenewegen, took the lead in the race just outside Hellifield before going on to outpace Australia’s Caleb Ewan as they sprinted for the finish in Settle. The Dutchman who won the race, earned a ten second time bonus and completed the 186km stage between Beverley and Settle in five hours, nine minutes and 11 seconds.
JLT-Condor’s Chris Lawless was the top British rider in seventh, while One Pro Cycling’s Pete Williams will wear the pink King of the Mountains jersey in stage 2 on Saturday.
Stage two takes place on a mostly flat 136.5km route between Otley and Doncaster that is likely to favour the faster riders. Sunday’s final stage a 198km route from Middlesbrough to Scarborough contains six categorised climbs and is likely suit the climbers in the pack.
Final Positions Stage 1 (Beverley to Settle)
1. Dylan Groenewegen (Holland) – Team LottoNL-Jumbo – 5hrs 9mins 11secs
2. Caleb Ewan (Australia) – Orica GreenEDGE Same time
3. Nikias Arndt (Germany) – Team Giant-Alpecin
4. Thomas Boudat (France) – Direct Energie
5. Danny van Poppel (Holland) – Team Sky
6. Floris Gerts (Holland) – BMC Racing Team
7. Christopher Lawless (Great Britain) – JLT Condor
8. Karol Domagalski (Poland) – One Pro Cycling
9. Dion Smith (New Zealand) – One Pro Cycling
10. Bert Van Lerberghe (Belguim) – Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise