الثلاثاء , مايو 18 2021

Stage two of Tour to start in York

York Minster has installed a giant yellow jersey on top of its central tower

The second stage of the Tour de France begins later with almost 200 cyclists battling it out over a 201km (124-mile) route from York to Sheffield.

The riders will leave York Racecourse in a ceremonial procession at 11:00 BST before the official start at 11:20.

The race will pass through Harrogate, Keighley, and Huddersfield before reaching Sheffield at about 16:30.

More than a million people lined the route of stage one of the Tour on Saturday between Leeds and Harrogate.

Germany’s sprinter Marcel Kittel won the first stage of the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish was one of a number of riders to crash just short of the finish of stage one

Along the route the riders will tackle nine categorised climbs, which have been given French prefixes, including Cote de Holme Moss and Cote de Jenkin Road, in Sheffield.

The route will also pit the competitors against Cragg Vale – the longest continuous ascent in England.

The first stage of the 3,664km (2,277-mile) race began on Saturday in Leeds with riders processing to Harewood House where the race was officially started by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry started the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France

The peloton passed through towns and villages including Otley, Skipton, Ilkley, Hawes, Leyburn and Ripon before a sprint finish saw Germany’s Marcel Kittel claim victory.

British rider Mark Cavendish, who hoped to win the stage in his mother’s home town, crashed just yards from the finish and dislocated his shoulder.

Fellow Briton and 2013 Tour winner Chris Froome finished sixth.

On Monday the third stage will take the riders from Cambridge to London, before 18 more stages culminate in the French capital on 27 July.

It is the fourth time the Tour has crossed La Manche (The English Channel).

In 1974 and 1994 it included stages in Britain and in 2007 London hosted the start, known as the Grand Depart.

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