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The 2019 edition of the annual road race is unfolding, promising a spectacular few days of thrills and hills as the world’s elite cyclists saddle up.

Blue Jersey

This year for the second time, Yorkshire Bank is sponsoring the men’s and women’s General Classification blue leader’s jersey. The sponsorship is shared between Yorkshire Bank and the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries.

What is the blue jersey?

The coveted blue jersey is awarded to the race leader, who completes the stages in the quickest time and finally, to the overall winner of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Moving away from the traditional golden yellow of the Tour de France general classification jersey, the Tour de Yorkshire’s baby blue jersey celebrates Yorkshire’s county flag.

Year Winner Team
2018 Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team
2017 Serge Pauwels (BEL) Dimesion Data
2016 Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Direct Energie
2015 Lars Petter Nordhaug (NOR) Team Sky

Previous winners

For the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, the blue jersey was given to Team Sky’s Lars Petter Nordhaug at the finish line in Scarborough in 2015. The second year saw French cycling legend, Thomas Voeckler take the overall classification after coming out on top of a sprint finish with Nicolas Roche in a punishing final stage in 2016. 2017 saw Serge Pauwels from Team Dimension Data take victory on the final day and finally, in 2018 after a record braking two million spectators, it was Greg Van Avermaet from BMC Racing Team who was crowned champion of the Tour de Yorkshire 2018.

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Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries

Donate, Borrow, Ride

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries, in association with Cycle Yorkshire, are enabling people to donate their old unused cycles. Let someone new love your old bike by donating at one of over 60 donation stations across Yorkshire.

Find out more about the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries