The route for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire has been revealed, with the second edition of the three-stage race to cover 515km from Friday April 29 to Sunday May 1.

The race, won by Team Sky’s Lars Petter Nordhaug in 2015, will take in six separate start and finish towns, with eighteen teams of eight riders set to compete.

Stage one will take the peloton from Beverley to Settle and, while the 184km route will feature 1,832m of climbing, it is expected to end in a bunch sprint.

Stage two will follow a 135.5km route from Otley, the home town of women’s world champion Lizzie Armitstead, to Doncaster.  The route features roads yet to feature in either the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart or Tour de Yorkshire and, with just 1,110m of climbing, stage two is also expected to end in a bunch sprint.

The women’s race will be held on the same course, starting in the morning before the men’s race in the afternoon. The full details of the women’s race are to be announced.

Stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire is where the race is expected to be decided, with a 196km route from Middlesbrough to Scarborough on similar roads to those used in the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire.

With 2,593m of climbing and six King of the Mountains ascents ((Sutton Bank, Blakey Ridge, Grosmont, Robin Hood’s Bay, Harwood Dale and Oliver’s Mount), including a final climb less than 10km from the finish, the race will likely be broken up for a sprint from a reduced group or solo winner on the seafront in Scarborough.

“For next year’s race we’ve selected routes which showcase Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and will also deliver an excellent sporting event,” said Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity.

“Our first race was phenomenally successful, bringing 1.5 million spectators to the roadside, generating over £50 million for the regional economy and being broadcast around the world – not many races can say that.  The stages we’ve revealed [for 2016] are eagerly anticipated by fans, riders and teams and we have all the ingredients for another spectacular race which will bring the crowds back out.”

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme added: “I am always happy to be back in Yorkshire and today marks an important milestone for the race.

“Feedback from teams and riders last year was excellent and this year we have three stages which together create a race right to the end; the final King of the Mountain points are barely six kilometres from the final finish line.”

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage one

Where: Beverley to Settle
When: Friday April 29
Distance: 184km
Total ascent: 1,832m
Sprints: Bubwith, Giggleswick
King of the Mountain climbs: Greenhow Hill

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage two

Where: Otley to Doncaster
When: Saturday April 30
Distance: 135.5km
Total ascent: 1,110m
Sprint points: Scholes, Warmsworth
King of the Mountain climbs: Harewood Bank, East Rigton, Conisbrough Castle

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 stage three

Where: Middlesbrough to Scarborough
When: Sunday May 1
Distance: 196km
Total ascent: 2,593m
Sprint points: Thirsk and Whitby Abbey
King of the Mountain climbs: Sutton Bank, Blakey Ridge, Grosmont, Robin Hood’s Bay, Harwood Dale and Oliver’s Mount


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