The men will start outside Barnsley Town Hall at 14:45 before exiting in a northeasterly direction and past Nostell Priory at 15:12. The route then heads towards Pontefract where the first intermediate sprint will be held at 15:23. Garforth (15:43) and Scholes (15:53) both make appearances as the route then skirts Leeds in an anti-clockwise direction, and shortly after the peloton have exited Leathley (16:26) they will commence the Côte de Lindley at 16:29. With that done and dusted it’s on to Harrogate where the riders get the chance to tackle the exact same circuit that will be used at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. Passing through BRAMHOPE at 16:12 then
POOL-IN-WHARFEDALE 16:17. An intermediate sprint has been added on Parliament Street where the Championships finish line will be at 16:50, meaning the riders can hone their tactics in preparation for September. Once that loop has been concluded the stage continues north, through Ripley (17:06) and Ripon (17:20). Then it’s full steam into Bedale for an expected bunch sprint right in the centre of town at 17:55.
The opening women’s stage meanwhile, gets going in Barnsley at 09:05 and will follow the exact same route as the men. The riders will duke out the first intermediate sprint in Pontefract at 09:47 and crest the Côte de Lindley at 11:04. The second sprint in Harrogate comes at 11:28 before the peloton passes through Ripon at 12:02. Then it’s on to Bedale for a scheduled finish at 12:43.
The Piece Hall in Halifax will provide a spectacular start location at 12:35 and the action will head up the cobbled Main Street in Haworth at 13:11 before the first of six categorised climbs comes on the Côte de Goose Eye at 13:21. Crossing from Brontë Country into Craven, SUTTON-IN-CRAVEN 13:24, the route heads through Skipton at 13:35, EMBSAY 13:40, EASTBY 13:43 and the next climb is looming on Barden Moor at 13:49. BURNSALL 13:57, THRESHFIELD 14:05. The action will then head into the Dales and the riders contest the first intermediate sprint in view of Kilnsey Crag at 14:17 before hitting the fearsome Côte de Park Rash at 14:31. The route continues on to Masham (15:23) and into Nidderdale where the riders will grind their way up the Côte de Greenhow Hill at 16:05. The undulating terrain doesn’t relent and shortly after passing through Otley at 16:39 the next categorised climb is on the cards at Otley Chevin (16:45). The final intermediate sprint points will be fought out in Tinshill at 16:58 before the riders sweep into Leeds for a rip-roaring conclusion on The Headrow at 17:17.
Full details on the route can be found at http://letouryorkshire.com
BRAMHOPE (LR-A660-A658) 10:44
POOL-IN-WHARFEDALE (A658-B6161) 10:49