Tour de Yorkshire back in Littleborough Sunday 3 May

Date published: 05 March 2015

The final day of the Tour de Yorkshire, Sunday 3 May will see the peloton make a return to some of the roads raced in the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France, only with a twist; starting in Wakefield, riders will travel south to Barnsley before heading to Holmfirth where they pick up the Grand Départ route in reverse, racing to Ripponden before riding the iconic Cragg Vale – which in the Tour de France was the country’s longest continual climb and now becomes the longest continual descent. 

The riders will then make their way to Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope and through the famous cobbled streets of Haworth, one of the most iconic images of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. This is definitely a stage for puncheurs and climbers and a series of short, sharp climbs punctuate the entire route; riders should expect a similar race to the second stage of the 2014 Tour de France.

After a steep climb at Goose Eye the riders will once again see Ilkley, with the famous climb up the Cow & Calf before a sprint point at Arthington and then what is expected to be a hugely popular finish line in Roundhay Park in Leeds.

John Kay, Littleborough Events and Associations Forum, said: “I am delighted that Tour De Yorkshire will come through Lancashire on Sunday 3rd May 2015. Last year's Tour De France was very well organised after several months of preparation.

“I am sure that the keen cyclists will be there again this year.

“We have many events in Littleborough during Summer 2015 with the Farmers Market on 8th March, a Maypole Festival on 10th May, a Food and Drink Festival on 13th June and Rushbearing on 23rd to 26th July.

“Tour De France on 3rd May 2015 will fit in well as Littleborough is the Tourism Centre for Rochdale Borough.”

Simon France, Littleborough Local said: “The Tour de France weekend last year was one of the best days of the Littleborough events calendar. It's great to see the legacy continue with the Tour de Yorkshire and I hope it is another opportunity to show visitors what Littleborough has to offer.”

The Tour de Yorkshire will be annual event and the organiser hope it will grow year on year to be one of the biggest events in the cycling calendar and position Yorkshire as the heartland of cycling in Europe.

Stage three, Sunday the riders will start from Wakefield at 12.15pm and will pass through the following areas:

12.31pm Sandal
12.35pm A61 Newmillerdam
12.42pm Barnsley (A61-LRD-A635-LRD-A635)
12.54pm A635 Barugh Green
12.59pm Cawthorne
13.07pm Lower Denby (A635-LRD-A635)
13.09pm Denby Dale
13.11pm Upper Cumberworth
13.18pm A635 New Mill
13.21pm Wooldale
13.24pm Holmfirth (A635-A6024-A635-A6024-LRD-A635)
13.28pm Côte De Holmfirth (KOM) NC
13.31pm Meltham
13.40pm Marsden (B6107-A62)
13.45pm Slaithwaite
13.51pm Côte De Scapegoat (KOM) NC
14.07pm B6614 Barkisland (Calderdale)
14.12pm LRD Crossroads LRD Stainland Road -B6113
14.13pm B6113 Ripponden
14.34pm B6138 Cragg Vale (Calderdale)
14.38pm Mytholmroyd (B6138-A646)
14.42pm Hebden Bridge (A646-A6033)
14.48pm A6033 Côte De Hebden Bridge (KOM) NC
14.56pm Oxenhope
15.00pm Haworth (A6033-LRD-B6412-LRD)
16.34pm LRD Leeds Finish

The Stages Of The Tour De Yorkshire 2015: Friday 1 May, stage 1 : Bridlington - Scarborough, 174 km; Saturday 2 May, stage 2: Selby - York, 174 km; Sunday 3 May, stage 3: Wakefield - Leeds, 167 km.

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