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Lizzie Armitstead set to fly the flag for Otley in Tour de Yorkshire

World Champion cyclist Lizzie Armitstead will be flying the flag for Otley when she competes in the Women's Tour de Yorkshire cycling race today.

Credit: Lizzie Armitstead

The race which is sponsored by Asda supermarkets will take place on exactly the same course as stage two of the men's race being held later in the day - a 135km route from Otley to Doncaster.

The prize fund makes it the most lucrative women's cycle race in the world, with a total of £50,000 on offer to individuals and teams.

The first prize for this one day race will be £15,000, second will be £10,000 and third, £5,000, with prize money down to 20th place.

The Asda Women's Tour de Yorkshire Race will start at 8.15am in Armitstead's hometown of Otley and riders are expected to finish between 11.59am and 12.22pm in Doncaster.

"The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women's race will be my first race in the UK in my World Champions jersey and it's an absolute dream to be starting in my home town."

– Lizzie Armitstead

"Together with our sponsors, we're bringing women's racing the respect it deserves and I can think of no better way to start our race in Otley than with our very own World Champion on the start line."

– Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

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Tour de Yorkshire: Excitement at Settle

A crowd has gathered, eagerly awaiting the riders at the finish of the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire in Settle.

A crowd has gathered at the finish line in Settle, ready for the end of the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016! Credit: ITV News

Millions of people turned out to watch the inaugural cycling race last year - which showcased well-known spots including Whitby Abbey and Ilkely Moor.

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Work starts on £2.7m Scarborough Market Hall revamp

Work is starting on the £2.7m transformation of Scarborough Market Hall.

Contractors are starting preparatory work on the St Helen’s Square building ready for a complete revamp of the market.

The market will remain open with current stalls available throughout the work, which is expected to be completed by December.

The historic building will get a new mezzanine upper floor, creating space for new shops, offices and a café.

This is a fantastic step forward for the Scarborough Market Hall redevelopment and it is wonderful to see contractors on site and beginning the process of creating a much-improved market for Scarborough.

In the meantime the market will remain open and traders look forward to welcoming customers old and new.

– Councillor Bill Chatt, Scarborough Borough Council

Police appeal to help find burglars who posed as roofers in Harrogate

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information following a burglary in Harrogate Credit: Press Association

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information following a burglary were the suspects posed as roofers in Harrogate.

They say the incident happened on Rossett Avenue at around 4pm on 28 April, the offenders were at the address for some time posing as roof repair workers.

Three men arrived in a small white van and police believe the suspects may have attempted to target other properties prior to that of the victim.

Police are conducting enquiries and are requesting the public's assistance to help determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

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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