The start and finish times for the Tour de Yorkshire have been announced today, along with the precise location details of the race starts and finishes.
The major international cycling race will be held on the 1st – 3rd May with the routes for the three days taking the event through some of the county’s most spectacular scenery.
The routes were announced in Bridlington earlier this year and now the race organisers, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation based in France, have announced the timings and details of the location starts and finishes.
Stage one from Bridlington to Scarborough will have a ceremonial start at 11.45am on South Marine Drive outside the Bridlington Spa. Riders will have a 5km neutralised section before the official race start at Sewerby at 12 noon.
Depending on rider’s speed the race will finish between 4pm and 4.30pm on Royal Albert Drive in Scarborough.
Key timings for stage one include Dalby Forest King of the Mountain climb at approximately 1.15pm, a sprint through Pickering at approximately 1.40pm, Rosedale Abbey King of the Mountain climb at approximately 2.08pm, Grosmont King of the Mountain climb at approximately 2.52pm, the Whitby Sprint at around 3.09pm and the finish in Scarborough between 4pm and 4.30pm depending on the speed of the riders.
Stage two, from Selby to York, will have a ceremonial start at 11.20am outside Selby Abbey.
Riders will have an 8km neutralised section before the official race start just outside Selby on the A163 at 11.45am. Depending on riders’ speed, the race will finish between 3.30pm and 4pm on Knavesmire Road in York.
Key points in stage two include the race reaching North Newbald King of the Mountain climb at approximately 12.30pm, the Wetwang Sprint at approximately 1.23pm, Fimber King of the Mountain climb at approximately 1.29pm with the York Sprint and first crossing of the finish line, ahead of two laps of the City at approximately 2.40pm
Stage three, from Wakefield to Leeds, will start at 12.15pm outside Wakefield Cathedral.
Riders will have a 4km neutralised section before the official race start at Agbrigg Road on the A61 at 12.30pm. Depending on riders’ speed the race will finish 4.30pm and 5pm at Roundhay Park in Leeds.
Key points in stage three include the race reaching the Holmfirth King of the Mountain climb at approximately 1.28pm, Scapegoat King of the Mountain climb at approximately 1.51pm Hebden Bridge King of the Mountain climb at approximately 2.48pm, Goose Eye King of the Mountain climb at approximately 3.11pm, the Ilkley Sprint at approximately 3.59pm, the Cow & Calf King of the Mountain climb at approximately 3.42pm, Chevin King of the Mountain climb at approximately 3.59pm, and the final Arthington Sprint before the finish in Leeds at approximately 4.12pm.
There will be over 500km throughout Yorkshire where people can choose to see the race over the three days.
Details of the Tour de Yorkshire route and timings can be viewed at letouryorkshire.com/timings
“Today’s confirmation of the timings and precise routes in and out of the start and finish towns and cities will help fans, spectators and businesses who can now begin to plan their weekend, where to watch and how to get the best out of the event.
"This is going to be an extremely exciting three days for Yorkshire”.
“Our technical team had a good final visit to Yorkshire and we are very happy with the route the riders will take.
"With 515km in total there are some excellent opportunities throughout the three days for spectators to see riders take Sprint and King of the Mountain climb points, ahead of finish lines designed to generate the kind of welcome that Yorkshire spectators gave the peloton in the Tour de France”.
The race, which will be one of the most exciting cycling events held in Europe in 2015 and will be broadcast in the UK, and on Eurosport, to 70 countries around the world.
Maps of the Tour de Yorkshire race starts and finishes, timings and information for spectators can be found at, letouryorkshire.com/routemaps
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Police investigating the incident have released this image of a man they need to identify and speak to . They believe he may have information that could help with their enquiries.
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He was rescued by members of the public and emergency services and was taken to hospital.
Despite the efforts of all involved, the man died a short time later.
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Durham Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the riverbank near Knightsgate Bridge at 8.25 am.
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He was rescued by members of the public and emergency crews and taken to hospital in a serious condition.
A couple of people approach the police line shouting "EDL".
NewcastleUnites crowd chant back "Newcastle, United, will never be defeated"
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The group, which started in Germany, says it's worried about the rise in the number of people who adhere to a strict interpretation of Islam. It's holding its first rally in Britain in Newcastle.
Around 400-500 people are attending, including members of the North East English Defence League.
Yards away a counter protest is taking place, organised by Newcastle Unites, which says Pegida is a far right organisation that has no business demonstrating in the North East.
The counter protest appears to have attracted thousands of people.
Tensions flared briefly in the Pegida rally but, what looked to be an attempt to break through police lines, was quickly contained.
Police now trying to disperse the Pegida demonstration. The counter protest remains in full swing.
Police have contained what appeared to be an attempt by members of the Pegida rally to break through police towards the Newcastle Unites counter protest.
Pegida appear to be trying to break through police to walk towards Newcastle Unites rally.
Police lines separate the two groups now gathered at the Bigg Market and Newgate Street.
Members of the Pegida rally can be seen coming through the line of police tape towards where officers are standing, moving towards the counter protestors.