Tour de Yorkshire will be big - Verity

After Yorkshire's Grand Depart of the Tour de France obliterated all expectations last summer, knowing what to expect from this weekend's inaugural Tour de Yorkshire seems almost impossible.

Created as a direct legacy of those two amazing days last July, when an entire county seemed to stop, paint itself yellow and line the roads to cheer on cycling's most famous race, this three-day event must inevitably be on a smaller scale.

The organisers are confident.

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Van Baarle wins Tour

Dylan Van Baarle's victory was confirmed as he finished safely in the peloton on a final stage won by Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), the winner of stage one in Liverpool a week ago.

Dylan van Baarle will keep the yellow jersey.

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Van Baarle takes yellow heading into final day

Dylan Van Baarle of Garmin Sharp is presented with the yellow jersey.

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Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Julien Vermote won stage seven in Brighton from the breakaway, but the main action was behind as the peloton split in two and race leader Alex Dowsett - the Movistar rider who took the yellow jersey with a brilliant performance on Friday - was left behind.