ITV4 to screen Tour de Yorkshire

The Tour de Yorkshire was created after the success the last year's opening stages of the Tour de France.

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ITV4 will bring viewers live coverage of the inaugural three-day Tour de Yorkshire, which begins on Friday May 1 in Bridlington.

Kicking off with a 174km stage to Scarborough, the Tour’s first leg will take in beautiful coastal scenery and the North York Moors along the way, passing through the Dalby Forest, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.

A host of top riders and professional teams including BMC, Team Sky and Cofidis are expected to take part in the race, which was created after millions turned out to watch the opening stages of the Tour de France in Yorkshire in 2014.

The first stage is followed by a second of the same length, starting at Selby Abbey, going via Beverley and the Wolds and finishing with a circuit of historic York on Saturday.

Finally, the race concludes with a 167km stage from Wakefield to Leeds, running through the Yorkshire Dales and finishing in Roundhay Park.

Presenter Gary Imlach is joined by cycling legend Chris Boardman for coverage of the race, with Ned Boulting and former professional road cyclist David Millar in the commentary box.

Watch live on ITV4 From 2.30pm on Friday May 1, 2015 with nightly highlights of every stage.

UCI deny Astana have been stripped of WorldTour licence

The International Cycling Union and Astana Pro Team have dismissed a report that the team of 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali have been stripped of their WorldTour licence by the Independent Licence Commission.

Last month the UCI requested that Astana's licence be revoked by the commission following an independent audit into their procedures, which came after a number of anti-doping infringements by Astana and their feeder team.

Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France.

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Cancellara injury setback

Fabian Cancellara, the multiple world time-trial champion and one-day specialist, will miss the remainder of the spring classics campaign after suffering two fractures in his lower back.

Contador considers 2016 retirement

Alberto Contador is pondering his future.

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Spanish rider Alberto Contador has said that 2016 could be his last year in professional cycling.

The 32-year-old, who is expected to compete in the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France this year with Tinkoff-Saxo team, told Spanish media on Monday: "I would like to retire being at the top. This year, I will definitely be competing and also next year.

"I cannot confirm it, but that could be my last. Yes, beyond 2016, I don't see myself (competing)."

Mark Cavendish denies Team Sky dig

Mark Cavendish has hit back on Twitter at Cycling Weekly journalist Gregor Brown over a story the magazine ran which quoted Cav as telling Belgium’s Het Nieuwsblad newspaper that he "made a mistake" in joining Team Sky.

Cavendish, who now rides for Belgian team Etixx-QuickStep, denied having "a dig" at Sky.