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Dutchwoman Lorena Wiebes won the opening stage of the women's Tour de Yorkshire in Bedale.
The Parkhotel Valkenburg rider took the win in a sprint finish at the end of the 132km stage from Barnsley.
A six-strong breakaway was finally reeled in with barely two kilometres of the race left to set up the sprint.
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These schoolchildren at Lady Elizabeth Hastings' CE VA Primary School, near Hastings, had a prime viewing spot as the Women's race went past.
Stage One of the Women's race has begun in Barnsley, in wet weather conditions that Lizzie Deignan has described as "tough".
The ride is along the same route as the Men will complete this afternoon.
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WATCH: Jonathan Brown reports on a dramatic Day One.
Jesper Asselman won stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire in Selby, as the breakaway struck opening day gold for the second year running.
With the peloton charging down on the approach to Selby Abbey, Dutchman Asselman took victory by mere metres while his fellow escapees were swallowed up on the line behind.
"I thought we were going to get caught [earlier] because the advantage went down really fast in the last 15 to 20km," said Asselman, who crossed the line with a Yorkshire flag hanging off his bike after tagging a spectator in the final hundred metres.
"When we went underneath the flamme rouge (one kilometer remaining) I knew we had a little chance, but I knew I had to stay calm and wait for the right moment.
"It was a little bit of a gamble but I went through a small gap on the inside and just went full gas. I looked under my elbow and saw it was going to happen."
The result was reminiscent of Harry Tanfield's victory on the opening day of last year's race in Doncaster, where this 182km stage began.
Italian Filippo Fortin emerged from the main peloton to finish second behindRoompot-Charles' Asselmen, with Jonas van Genechten of Vitus Pro-Cycling third.
There were four Brits in the top 10 with Gabriel Cullaigh of Le Col Wiggins fifth, Ethan Hayter of Great Britain sixth, Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish eighth and Chris Lawless of Team Ineos ninth.
The thrilling finish came at the end of a rain-sodden day as the Tour de Yorkshire's magic touch with the weather was found wanting.
The day began with environmental protesters gathering outside the Team Ineos bus in the paddock, greeting the sight of Chris Froome and others with shouts of "Sell-out" as they voiced anger at the fracking projects of the team's new paymasters.
The Yorkshire welcome for Ineos got little warmer on the roads as bad weather settled in for the afternoon, drenching the peloton as heavy rain fell throughout the day.
Team Ineos and Dimension Data did much of the chasing but it was to no avail.
Pupils from Campsmount Academy formed the shape of a giant bicycle on their school field.
It was picked up by the camera on the helicopter covering the race.
The Men's Tour de Yorkshire competition has begun with a wet start in Doncaster.
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