Tour de Yorkshire 2017 - Full race timings unveiled
The highly anticipated race timings for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire have been unveiled by Welcome to Yorkshire.
Millions of spectators will line the route for the three-day men's race and one-day women's race which run between 28-30 April. The timings have been calculated by anticipating the peloton's average speed but are subject to change depending on variables such as wind speed, direction and how aggressively the riders race.
Timings for the newly expanded race caravan have also been included and list the stop off points where fans will be treated to a host of promotional goodies from the official race partners.
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said: "It's always exciting to share these timings as supporters can now plan exactly where and when they want to watch the action. Every time I see them I'm astonished by how quickly the peloton travels, but these are the very best riders in the world after all!
"Of course, there is a huge amount of added entertainment planned across the county over the full three days, and be sure to line the route early to see our colourful race caravan and fleet of Yorkshire cycling legends pass through."
The full schedule and race timings can be viewed online now at letour.yorkshire.com/timings
The stage affecting Craven is Stage Three, on Sunday 30 April - Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield, 194.5km (120.9 miles).
The decisive stage of this year's race - ominously titled The Yorkshire Terrier due to its punishing parcours - exits Bradford's City Park at 12:10pm and takes a scenic trip to the Dales. The riders will come through Bolton Abbey just after 1pm, then travel through Barden and Burnsall before arriving in Cracoe at around 1.30pm. They will be due through Skipton at around 1.38pm, and will then proceed along the A629 to Farnhill and Kildwick.
The riders will continue back along the Aire Valley for the first of eight climbs on the Côte de Silsden at 14:04pm. The Côtes de Haworth and Leeming then follow in quick succession at 14:22pm and 14:32pm respectively before the peloton reaches the Côte de Shibden Wall. This cobbled beast will be crested at 14:54pm before an intermediate sprint takes place in Clifton at 15:09pm. There's no respite as the race passes into South Yorkshire, and the final sprint points are up for grabs in Stocksbridge at 16:47pm before the weary riders tackle a gruelling 22km concluding loop featuring no less than four categorised climbs. The Côte de Deepcar is first up at 16:52pm and the Côtes de Wigtwizzle (16:58pm) and Ewden Height (17:01) come one after the other before one last drag up the Côte de Midhopestones at 17:07pm. Anyone left in contention after that will duke it out for the stage and overall victory in Fox Valley at 17:15pm.
The official Tour de Yorkshire website can be found at www.letouryorkshire.com
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The full race timings for Stage Three are as follows: