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by Mark Zalewski
December 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: No more podium girls at Tour Down Under; A review of the professional cyclist union; Froome feared a broken back after Tour crash; Tour de Yorkshire route announced; Kjell Carlström to direct Cycling Academy team; Drapac Pat’s Veg Holistic development team; Holowesko-Citadel team adds four in 2017; Australian women’s Team Roxsolt evolving; No positive doping tests from 2016 Vuelta; Will Routley announces retirement; New research into bike saddles and erectile dysfunction; Cyclist ID law overturned; Riders on the Revolution Cycling Champions League London; Boiler Rollers – Teaser.
The Tour de Yorkshire announced it 2017 course, starting in Bridlington on 28 April and finishing two days later in Sheffield. This will be the third edition of the race which was born out of the area hosting the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart.
The race begins with a 173km stage to Scarborough, followed by a 122.5km stage to Harrogate with an ascent of the Côte de Lofthouse and culminating with a 194.5km stage from Bradford to Fox Valley in Sheffield. The final stage will feature eight climbs for a total of 3,500 metres of climbing and includes the cobbled Côte de Shibden Wall.
“I can’t wait to see the world’s best riders tackling these routes,” said Gary Verity, chief executive of race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire.
“We’ve worked hard to design a course which showcases Yorkshire’s stunning scenery, as well as delivering a thrilling sporting event. Last year, the race attracted two million spectators and generated £60m for the local economy, and we’ll go from strength to strength again next year.”
The women’s Tour de Yorkshire will run on the second stage of the men’s event, with the women starting in the morning and the men in the afternoon.
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