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Stage 3 build-up underway in Middlesbrough

The build-up to Stage 3 of this year's Tour de Yorkshire is underway in Middlesbrough.

The riders will depart from the Mima Gallery in the town centre at 11:35pm.

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 in Middlesbrough Credit: ITV
Team Wiggins in Middlesbrough Credit: ITV
Spectators gathering near the Mima Gallery in Middlesbrough Credit: ITV

It's here! Middlesbrough hosts start of Tour de Yorkshire, Stage 3

The start point for Stage 3 in Middlesbrough Credit: Sam Thomson

Thousands of you will already be heading out to line the route of Stage 3 in the hope of spotting some of your favourite cyclists, as they race the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.

198km, 6 climbs and 2 sprint points, this is easily the most challenging and gruelling stage yet. Cyclists will be racing through for that final chance to win the blue jersey.

ITV4 Commentator Ned Boulting rode the entire route earlier this week for ITV Tyne Tees. Watch how he got on here

Middlesbrough artist welcomes Tour de Yorkshire

Erimus - installed on the Central Library Credit: Middlesbrough Council

A giant reproduction of a work by the Middlesbrough artist Mackenzie Thorpe will welcome cyclists and visitors to Teesside for Stage Three of the Tour de Yorkshire.

The work, called Erimus, celebrates the town's industrial heritage as well as its links with cycling.

The image - featuring a man holding a bicycle aloft - has been installed at one end of Middlesbrough's Central Library.

Erimus is installed Credit: Middlesbrough Council

The image overlooks Middlesbrough's Central Square, from where Stage Three will begin.

Middlesbrough always gives me strength and passion and our town motto Erimus (We Shall Be) was the inspiration for this piece.

Roseberry Topping is shown on the left of the picture, contrasting with the industry on the right, both representing the iconic strength and beauty of our town.

– MacKenzie Thorpe, artist
The giant reproduction is put in place Credit: Middlesbrough Council

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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