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Danny Van Poppel wins Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire

Team Sky's Danny Van Poppel (right) wins stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire. Credit: PA images

Team Sky's Danny Van Poppel has won Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire in a tight finish.

The finish was so close, even organisers were unsure as to who won the second stage:

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Pardew 'desperate' for Newcastle to stay up

Former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is 'desperate' for the club to remain in the Premier League.

Pardew will return to St James' Park on Saturday for the first time since leaving to become Crystal Palace boss in January last year.

Speaking ahead of the game, the Palace manager said even if he manages to inflict defeat on his old club, he still remains hopeful that Newcastle can escape relegation.

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Boro fans told to allow extra time for Birmingham journey

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Cleveland Police are advising Middlesbrough FC fans travelling for the Championship game against Birmingham City to leave extra time for their journey.

The roads are expected to be extra busy with traffic going to the match and rush hour traffic.

The gates at Birmingham City Football Club will be open at 6pm and fans should allow also extra time to enter the ground as all fans will be searched.

Around 30 coaches of Boro fans are expected to attend the game later today, including these:

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