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Gary Verity: Tour de Yorkshire has been stunning

The chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire says the first edition of the race has been "stunning".

Gary Verity was speaking following the final stage of the race which was won by Team Sky cyclist Lars Petter Nordhaug.

Christian Prudhomme, director of the ASO, said the weekend's race had a "fragrance of the Tour de France."


£18,000 raised in Stay Strong Stu campaign for man with inoperable brain tumour

Stu Ridley, 25, from Northumberland. Credit:

More than £18,000 has been raised for a farmer and rugby player living with an inoperable brain tumour.

Northumberland man Stu Ridley, 25, was diagnosed in February. He is having chemotherapy and radiotherapy and has been told he may only have months to live, but says he is determined to prove them wrong.

There's nothing I can do about it so just got to bash on, hope for the best.

– Stu Ridley
Stu Ridley with his parents and brothers. Credit:

The farming and rugby communities in Tynedale have come together to fundraise to increase awareness about Stu's condition.

Livestock auctions and other events have seen the fundraising total reach more than £18,000.

"Stu's life revolves around family and friends, farming and rugby and that's the way they've all come together to support him and it's absolutely incredible."

– Melvin Ridley, Stu's father

Dick Advocaat: SAFC win was 'a real team performance'

Sunderland are still a point away from being safe from relegation but Dick Advocaat praised 'a real team performance' which led them to a 2-1 win over Southampton.

Jordi Gomez put the team 1-0 up with a penalty, but Southampton's Sadio Mane levelled the scores after a minute.

Gomez secured the win with another penalty in the second half.

He told ITV Tyne Tees he is 'enjoying the fight' but added: 'Sometimes I would prefer to play instead of staying on the side. The team were knackered after the game. They showed the same fighting spirit as they did against Newcastle.'

Watch the full press conference.


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Lars Petter Nordhaug has won the first ever Tour de Yorkshire

Team Sky cyclist Lars Petter Nordhaug has won the first ever Tour de Yorkshire after three stages crossing the whole of the county.

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Gary Verity: Yorkshire people have sold Tour to the world

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