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Tour de Yorkshire 2019 gets underway today - read our handy guide

The 2018 Peloton ride up Hawsker Lane, Whitby, during the Tour de Yorkshire between Bridlington and Scarborough. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/PA Images

The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire races into North Yorkshire later this week, with world-class cyclists and thousands of spectators descending on the county.

The fifth edition of the race takes in all four corners of Yorkshire, including 150 villages, towns and cities.

North Yorkshire features heavily on the route map.

  • WHAT IS THE ROUTE OF THE 2019 TOUR DE YORKSHIRE?
A map showing the four stages of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire passes through parts of our ITV region over all four stages of the race.

Stage one will pass through Elvington and Pocklington.

Stage Two will see riders do a circuit of Harrogate, before heading to Bedale for the finish.

While Stage Three, sees cyclists cross the line on Scarborough seafront.

Riders will zip through Masham and Pateley Bridge on Stage Four.

Last year 2.6 million people lined the streets to watch and we're promised the 2019 event, will be the biggest yet, with the longest routes and the toughest climbs.

  • WHICH CYCLISTS ARE TAKING PART?
Harry Tanfield was the first Yorkshire rider to win a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in 2018 Credit: PA

HARRY TANFIELD: The 24-year-old made history in 2018 as the first rider from the county of Yorkshire to win a stage of the race. He's hoping to repeat his stunning success from last year when he rides for team Katusha Alpecin in 2019.

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CHRIS FROOME: The four-time Tour de France winner rides this year's race for the first time. Froome is due to appear onstage at the Tour de Yorkshire Eve of Tour celebrations in Millennium Square in Leeds between 6-7pm on Wednesday, May the 1st. This free event offers fans the perfect chance to get close to the riders before racing begins.

MARCEL KITTEL: The 30-year-old last raced in the Tour de Yorkshire in 2015 when he was forced to abandon his race after feeling unwell. He's back for 2019 and says he's looking forward to racing in front of the spectators who line the route.

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LIZZIE DEIGNAN: A previous winner, 30-year-old Deignan gave birth to her first child in September last year. She has not competed since the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen. However, she is hoping to build her fitness back up by riding in the women's race on May 3 and May 4.

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MARK CAVENDISH: Cavendish, whose mother is from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, has won 30 Tour de France stages, a UCI Road World Championships title and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 33-year-old said the reception he received in the race last year influenced his decision to ride again in the tournament.

  • PLAN YOUR NORTH YORKSHIRE VIEWING POINT
Riders take in day three of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, cycling from Richmond to Scarborough. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/PA Images

Spectators are being advised to plan their Tour de Yorkshire vantage points as the final preparations are underway to welcome the race to North Yorkshire.

The iconic road race is now just days away as towns and villages begin the countdown to celebrations for the race, which will run from May 2 to May 5.

North Yorkshire will be hosting three race finishes, with Selby hosting the finish point on Thursday, May 2, Bedale hosting the men and women’s finishes on May 3 and Scarborough forming the finish point for male and female riders on May 4.

Similar to previous tours, rolling road closures will be in place, which will see highways closed for under an hour to allow the safe passage of the race. There will be longer delays at the race finish points, some hill climbs and town centre locations.

There will also be parking restrictions in place along the race route, including in Harrogate, where there will be no parking allowed on the race route from 8pm on Thursday, May 2 until 6pm on Friday, May 3. People affected with residents’ street parking permits, or visitor permits, can leave their cars in adjacent resident parking zones.

Road closures will be managed by police and signs will be put in place with details of the closures nearer the race weekend.

In Whitby and Scarborough, the park and ride car parks and bus services will be operating, with drop-off and pick-up points in Scarborough town centre on Aberdeen Walk.

The complete race schedule for the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 is as follows:

  • Thursday, 2 May 2019 – Doncaster to Selby (men’s race)
  • Friday, 3 May 2019 – Barnsley – Bedale (women’s and men’s races)
  • Saturday, 4 May 2019 – Bridlington – Scarborough (women’s and men’s races)
  • Sunday, 5 May 2019 – Halifax – Leeds (men’s race)