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Tour de France winner wishes Gary Verity and Tour de Yorkshire good luck

The 2013 and 2015 Tour de France winner Chris Froome has wished Gary Verity and the rest of the Tour de Yorkshire team good luck.

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Women's Tour de Yorkshire 'most lucrative cycle race in the world'

This year's Women's Tour de Yorkshire will be the most lucrative women's cycle race in the world, the organisers say.

Yorkshire’s own world champion Lizzie Armitstead is the first rider to announce she will compete in the race, which takes place on April 30 and will take riders on a 135km route from Otley to Doncaster.

The prize pot of £50,000 for individuals and teams is said to be the biggest in the world.

The 14 women's teams were unveiled, along with the 18 teams for the men's race, by Welcome to Yorkshire’s Sir Gary Verity and Christian Prudhomme, of co-organisers ASO, at tourism conference Y16, in York.

Mr Prudhomme said: "Yorkshire is at the top level in terms of equality between men and women."

Pioneering thermal technology to detect cyclists at junctions in York

Pioneering thermal imaging technology is set to be introduced on key cycle routes in York to help improve cycle safety.

The new technology will accurately detect cyclists at signals by their 'heat signature', allowing the signals to adjust to give more 'green time' for cyclists.

The thermal technology was first introduced by Transport for London (TFL) last year as part of the cycle superhighway network.

Fulford Road/Hospital Fields Road junction will become one of the first sites to benefit from the new thermal technology in May 2016. The authority will roll out the new technology at junctions with high levels of cycle use across the city.

The scheme is all part of a multi million pound overhaul of York’s ageing traffic signals – the largest scheme the city has seen in over 20-years.

Ben Swift denied on the line in stage one of Paris Nice race

Ben Swift was pipped to the post Credit: PA

Rotherham's Ben Swift had to settle for second place as Arnaud Demare mounted a late surge to win stage one of Paris-Nice.

The Team Sky rider looked set for victory after overtaking Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) in the last 100m to hit the front by a bike length, but Demare (FDJ) timed his sprint to perfection to beat Swift and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) to the line.

Swift's team-mate Geraint Thomas began the 198km stage in seventh after the opening day's prologue and he picked up one second to sit fifth overall.

Race leader Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) holds a three-second advantage after the second stage, with Patrick Bevin (Cannondale) a further second behind Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin).

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Villagers convince Tour de Yorkshire organisers to change route

The residents of Sprotborough, near Doncaster, have persuaded organisers to change the route of this year's Tour De Yorkshire so that the race will now run through the village.

It was initially planned for the event to go around Sprotborough - until local people, including former Olympic cyclist John Tanner asked for it to be changed.

The Tour De Yorkshire will now come through the village on the 30th of April, to the delight of Tanner:

Council launches Bike Bank for North Leeds residents

Leeds City Council is introducing a new centre which will allow residents to borrow bikes as well as books from the library.

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Yorkshire Bike Bank will be launched at the Moor Allerton Library and is part of the region's Tour De Yorkshire legacy project.

Over 7,000 children have used the scheme so far.

Follow the link for more information about reserving a bike as part of the scheme.

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