Yates wins Leicester cycle race

The first ever Leicester Castle Classic cycling event is taking place today, which could see some of cycling's biggest names competing, including double Olympic champion, Ed Clancy.

Yates wins Leicester Castle Classic

Simon Yates secured victory in the Leicester Castle Classic after a thrilling fast-paced race around the historic streets of Leicester City Centre on Sunday.

Simon Yates won gold at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Yates, who is 21-years-old, formed part of a long break in the race which provided crowds with a thrilling spectacle.

A technical course provided the riders with many challenges, and early pressure led to several riders dropping off the back of the bunch.

Several of the riders in the leading group, including Yates, tried to escape in the closing stages but it stayed together right to the final lap when Yates had just enough in his legs to take the win ahead of Richard Handley and Graham Briggs.

Mayor hopes cycling event will inspire people

It is very exciting that our partnership with British Cycling means that we are able to bring the spectacle of top-level cycle racing back to Leicester with the inaugural Castle Classic.

Events like this, and Leicester's incredibly popular Sky Ride, play a big part in inspiring people to get involved in cycling as a hobby, as a sport or just as an everyday way of getting about the city.

– Sir Peter Soulsby, Mayor of Leicester

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Cycling event to take place in Leicester

The first ever Leicester Castle Classic cycling event is taking place today, which could see some of cycling's biggest names competing.

Double Olympic gold medallist, Ed Clancy, and former British National Road Race Champion, Kristian House could be among those to race along the 3.8 kilometre route.

Ed Clancy celebrates after a race in Nottingham Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The route will also mean that some roads in the city will be closed all day.

Organisers are expecting at least 100 cyclists to be involved.