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Greg Van Avermaet takes overall victory in the Tour de Yorkshire

Greg Van Avermaet Credit: PA

Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet secured overall victory in the Tour de Yorkshire after Frenchman Stephane Rossetto won stage four, which finished in Leeds.

Cofidis' Rossetto attacked from the breakaway on the punishing climb of Park Rash and stayed clear for over 110 arduous kilometres of the 189.5km stage from Halifax, which took the riders through the Yorkshire Dales.

Behind, Belgian Van Avermaet of BMC led the chase group over the line to take the general classification as the overnight leader Magnus Cort Nielsen of Astana lost contact with the peloton.

Rossetto had approached Park Rash alongside Canyon-Eisberg's Max Stedman, but he left the 22-year-old Briton in his wake midway up the 2.2km long climb, which averages 10.5 per cent.

With two more categorised climbs ahead of him, plus an intermediate sprint at the top of a climb which might have been categorised on any other day, few would have given Rossetto much hope.

A lead which had at one point been over six minutes tumbled in the final

kilometres but he had enough left to take victory on the day by 34 seconds.


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