Watch Stage 1 of Tour de Yorkshire live

the first ever Tour de Yorkshire starts in Bridlington.

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The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire begins today with the three day race expected to become the biggest cycling event in Britain this year.

Kicking off with a 174km stage from Bridlington to Scarborough, and broadcast live throughout the weekend on ITV4, the Tour’s first leg will take in beautiful coastal scenery and the North York Moors, passing through the Dalby Forest, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.

A host of top riders and professional teams including BMC, Cofidis and Team Sky - boosted by Sir Bradley Wiggins' presence - will take part in the race, which was created after millions turned out to watch the opening stages of the Tour de France in Yorkshire last year.

Watch live from 2:30pm on ITV4 with highlights at 7pm.

Cavendish wins Tour of Turkey opening stage

Mark Cavendish.

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Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in the 146-kilometre opening stage of the Tour of Turkey in Alanya on Sunday.

Cavendish burst from the pack to clinch the leader's jersey ahead of Australian Caleb Ewan and Nicola Ruffoni of Italy.

The Manxman, riding for the Etixx-QuickStep team, will hope to extend his lead in the second stage from Alanya to Antalya on Monday.

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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