Helping bring world-class cycling to Yorkshire
The annual road race attracts some of the world’s best riders and we’re delighted this year to be the official sponsor of the general classification blue jersey. Throughout the four stages, the leader of the Tour de Yorkshire wears the jersey.
Our partnership is shared between Yorkshire Bank and Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries giving us the opportunity to showcase the fantastic work that the bike libraries do across the communities of Yorkshire.
Following the phenomenal success over the last three years, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) have increased the Tour to 4 stages from 3. This year’s route makes it more appealing to a wider spectrum of elite riders – both sprinters and attackers.
The route announcement on 5 December was attended by many star riders including the Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish (winner of 30 Tour de France stages), so hopefully they’ll be free to race TdY 2018.
Many of the host towns announced are also home to Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries, a direct legacy of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire, which aim to offer every child in Yorkshire access to a bike. So far 47 libraries have opened across the county and over 5,400 bikes have been donated.
The elite cyclists thrilled the record breaking 2.2m spectators over the 490km 3-day Tour at the end of April. Millions also watched on TV around the world. The race weaved through Yorkshire: Bridlington to Scarborough; Tadcaster to Harrogate; and finally, Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield.
Stage 3 final stage winner, Serge Pauwels, riding for Dimension Data, celebrated his first career win of a stage and was also crowned the overall victor. Pauwels’ teammate, Omar Fraile, rode across the line with him in second place. Yorkshire Bank’s Green Sprinter Jersey overall winner was Australian Caleb Ewan, riding for Orica-Scott.
|1||Serge Pauwels||Dimension Data|
|2||Omar Fraile Matarranz||Dimension Data|
|3||Jonathan Hivert||Direct Energie|
If you were one of the millions of supporters lining the streets for Tour de Yorkshire 2017, relive those thrilling moments and capture a sense of the weekend.
Watch the very challenging 3-stages that would test the world’s top cyclists.
Building on the success of 2015, the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 saw over 2 million spectators line the route over the three day event. Yorkshire Bank was an official partner of the Tour and sponsored the men's race sprinter jersey which was won by Dylan Groenewegen. The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries also sponsored stage three of the Tour and Helen Page, Propositions & Marketing Director at Yorkshire Bank, presented Thomas Voeckler with the winner's jersey in Scarborough.
|VOECKLER Thomas||Direct Energie|
|ROCHE Nicolas||Team Sky|
|TURGIS Anthony||Cofidis, Solutions Credits|
|YATES Adam||Orica GreenEDGE|
Adam Yates was also awarded the prize for top British Cyclist.