A great day as Tour de Yorkshire breezes through - ‘Wow, what a spectacle’ - now let’s have more

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The crowds turned out to get a glimpse of the riders during the second day of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Earlier they got to see the top women racers as the Yorkshire Women’s Race breezed through en route to Doncaster.

And it was Kirsten Wild who took the victory beating Lizzie Armitstead to the richest prize in women’s cycling.

Later the men’s race followed the same route starting in Otley.

Crowds had been gathering along then route since Saturday morning.

They lined the streets from South Milford to Monk Fryston, from Knottingley to Pontefract and Badsworth to South Elmsall to catch a brief glimpse of the peloton as the tour roadshow rolled through, and then out of our district shortly after 4pm.

Live television coverage of the race was patchy as the plane that relays images for broadcast was grounded this morning.

There was no live coverage for the women’s race and coverage was cut short during the men’s race just as the peloton snaked it’s way alongside Kellingley Colliery and into Pontefract.

But out on the streets of Pontefract there was no lack of support for the race and many shared their excitement on social media.

Married couple of 50 years Adrian Pope and Hazel Pope turned out to support the British riders the Tour de Yorkshire riders.

Mrs Pope said; “The tour is good for the county of Yorkshire.”

And Mr Pope said: “I know they had some problems with television coverage and that won’t have shown Pontefract off.”

Lorna Malkin came down to watch the race and says she wants to see more.

She said: “It was very exciting and everyone seemed to love it which topped it off.

“An event like this really puts Pontefract and West Yorkshire on the map because it attracted people to the town.

“Hopefully people will come down and visit Pontefract because of this.

“I just hope that having the tour this year will build on the current legacy and will continue growing and getting better each year - let’s have more of it.

“It proves that Yorkshire is a brilliant venue and it can faultlessly hold a top class event.

“I would love to see it return next year for sure.”

@Karen_Collins1 tweeted: “ Warm welcome from knottingley @letouryorkshire @MyWakefield.”

And @PontefractCivic tweeted: “@letouryorkshire a big thank you @GaryVerity for bringing @letouryorkshire by @PonteCastle and the town Thank you!”

As the riders arrived in Knottingley Wakefield Council tweeted; “Wow! What a spectacle! #TDY.”

And as the team cars rolled through, signalling the riders had moved on, Alistair Watson tweeted: “Most of the kids are now out on their bikes! #inspiration #tdy #TdYPolicePics @letouryorkshire @teamjltcondor.”

Throughout the day Wakefield Council held two community events at South Elmsall market and at Knottingley Sports Centre.

Sunday’s final stage starts in Middlesbrough and should appeal to the climbers, according to race organisers, with no fewer than six King of the mountain classifications, including the infamous Sutton Bank.

Cyclists will follow a 198km route, through much of the north

York Moors National Park, passing through Thirsk and Whitby, before a sprint finish in Scarborough’s north Bay.