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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.

Police appeal for witnesses after serious cycle accident near Skipton

Were you on the A59 near Skipton Saturday afternoon?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision on the A59 near Skipton yesterday afternoon which has left a cyclist with serious injuries.

The man was riding along the A59 towards Skipton when the accident with a blue Land Rover Discovery towing an Ifor Williams trailer happened. The Land Rover was overtaking the cyclist at the time at the Carlton junction near Broughton Hall.

The cyclist, a man in his fifties from the Skipton area, was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary. Staff say he is seriously ill. The Land Rover driver, a man in his sixties from the Keighley area, was not injured. The road was closed for about six hours while police investigated.

Officers are asking any witness who saw either the cyclist, who had been riding with two other cyclists, or the Land Rover and trailer, to contact them. Please dial 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Team, quoting reference number 12150179799.

Tour de Yorkshire bound for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough is among six towns selected to be the start and finish points for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016.

Sir Bradley Wiggins tackles the Cote de Cow and Calf during the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire Credit: PA

Racing will begin and end in Beverley, Doncaster, Middlesbrough, Otley, Scarborough and Settle.

The three day men’s race will be held between Friday 29th April and Sunday 1st May. The women’s race will be held on Saturday 30th April.

The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire was held in May this year and attracted one and a half million spectators and over six million global television viewers.

From the first moments of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, everyone who was there knew it was something special. I’m delighted that we are able to bring the 2016 race to all four corners of Yorkshire. It is testament to how much the county has taken the race to its heart that we have been oversubscribed for next year’s starts and finishes.

The Tour de Yorkshire is an event in the cycling calendar that riders want to race in and we look forward to welcoming some of the world’s best riders back to Yorkshire next year.

– Sir Gary Verity, Welcome To Yorkshire


Freak injury rules Ed Clancy out of European Track Championships

Huddersfield's two-time Olympic champion Ed Clancy has suffered a slipped disc in a freak accident and been ruled out of contention for the Great Britain squad for October's European Track Championships.

Ed Clancy is out of the European Track Championships Credit: Press Association

The 30-year-old will not be available for the event in Grenchen, Switzerland, which takes place from October 14 to 18, as a result of injuring himself picking up his training bag, British Cycling has announced.

It's one of those freak accidents. He did a fantastic four weeks' endurance training where he went to the maximum. He really came out of the Tour of Britain in good shape but very tired. When you're tired it affects your muscle. He just turned to pick up his bag and his disc slipped. This means that his hopes for the European Championships, which were supposed to be his highlight for world championship qualification, are now over. We've discussed it and his participation has been ruled out.

– Men's endurance coach Heiko Salzwede

Lizzie follows in Beryl Burton's tracks

Winning Lizzie Credit: PA

Otley cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has followed in the footsteps of the great Beryl Burton in becoming only the fourth Briton to win the world championship.

The 2012 Olympic silver medallist launched a late sprint to take the title and was in floods of tears seconds after crossing the finish line in Richmond in the United States. The 26-year-old described winning the rainbow jersey as a dream come true.

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