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  1. Norway's Lars-Petter Nordhaug wins Stage One
  2. Yorkshire's Swift and Germany's Kittel both out
  3. Route covers 174km from Bridlington to Scarborough
  4. Hundreds gather to wave off riders at start
  5. Sir Bradley Wiggins among 144 top riders taking part
  6. Updates on Friday, 1 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Lauren Potts

All times stated are UK

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One down, two to go

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Today's race is over, but if you missed the first leg hope is not lost!

Map of the Tour de Yorkshire
Tour de Yorkshire

There are two more races to go, with a Selby to York route via Beverley on Saturday, then Wakefield to Leeds via Barnsley on Sunday.

We'll be back with more live updates from 11:00 on Saturday.

Coming up

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration on

BBC Look North at 18:30 BST, when we'll have all the reaction to stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Tour de Yorkshire finish line

'Breathtaking scenery' helped lure event

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Today's event was born out of the extraordinary success of last summer's Tour de France Grand Depart which proved to be an extremely effective showcase for major sport in Yorkshire.

The Tour de France in the Yorkshire Dales

Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, said: "Alongside the public interest for cycling, highlighted by the Grand Départ, Yorkshire boasts beautiful, breathtaking scenery worthy of any of the cycling season's major events.

"It therefore seems perfectly natural for [us] to continue working together in this new land of cycling, through the Tour of Yorkshire."

Crowds turn out

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Although the crowds weren't on the

same scale as last year's Tour de France, significant numbers still turned out for Yorkshire's inaugural race.

Tour de Yorkshire in Bridlington
Getty Images

Hundreds came out on a weekday and lined the streets of Bridlington (pictured), Whitby and Scarborough, as well as the villages in between.

More from the finish line

Nordhaug finished the 174km race in 4 hours 22 minutes and 38 seconds.

Finish line

Thomas Voeckler and Stephane Rossetto, both from France, came in second and third respectively.

Nordhaug wins

BBC Sport


Lars Petter Nordhaug has won the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Post-race cake

BBC Look North

No bananas and energy drinks waiting for riders here at the finish line in Scarborough!

Celebration cakes for rider

Joy White and Julie Hellawell are offering unorthodox post-race fuel at the finish line.

They told us: "How better to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire than by giving each rider a cake?" And with logic like that, who are we to argue?

Thick and fast

People are eagerly watching out for a glimpse of the first riders arriving in Scarborough.

Scarborough Tour de Yorkshire

Look North editor Tim Smith is in the thick of it and

tweeted us the view from his vantage point.

Roads to re-open

Now that the riders have left Whitby, there's just 25km left of the first stage of the race.

TDY leaving Whitby

As they head towards Scarborough, North Yorkshire County Council

tweets: #Whitby - We'll be opening the roads as soon as the last #TdY riders are through. Please be patient. #Tdytravel

Swift and Kittel out of race

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

TeamSky is

tweeting that Rotherham rider Ben Swift has been forced to leave the race after a slippery descent in Grosmont earlier.

Ben Swift
Tour de Yorkshire

It follows the exit of German sprinter Marcel Kittel who was forced to pull out after becoming unwell.

Wheeling through Whitby

Riders have passed the imposing sight of Whitby Abbey.

Whitby Abbey

They have headed into the picturesque port, where crowds are lining the route through the old town and across the famous swing bridge

High fives in Cayton

Cherie Welburn is out in the village of Cayton capturing the excitement on her camera.

Cayton village
Cherie Welburn


tweets: So cool that the #Cayton School kids were getting #highfives from the Police bikes before the #TdY @NYorksPolice :)

Still to come...

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

The riders are currently making their way through drizzly Grosmont, with just under 50km to go till they reach the finish line.

Still to come are twists and turns through Sleights, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay, Flyingthorpe, Burniston and finally Scarborough.

Waiting it out

The first leg of the Tour de Yorkshire is expected to end in Scarborough at around 16:00 BST.

Finish line in Scarborough

Keen cycle fans started staking out the best vantage points at the finish line at midday!

VIDEO: A bird's-eye view

Follow the route of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire with sweeping aerial shots of the host county.

TDY route map
Tour de Yorkshire

Watch the video as it winds its way through the three stages of the race


Dog tyred!

Even the dog is getting involved... Trish Brewster

tweets: Loli is ready for York tomorrow on ya bike

Dog on bike
Trish Brewster

Dig in lads!

Riders will no doubt appreciate the motivational words of spectators waiting for the race to whizz through Grosmont near Whitby.

Spectators wait at Grasmont Station

Cyclists are expected to reach the North Yorkshire town just before 15:00 BST.

Party in Hackness

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

There's a real sense of community here in Hackness today.

Spectators in Hackness

Loads of people watched it from Hackness Village Hall where they'd put on cups of tea and scones and Hackness Primary School decamped there to watch the race.

Children from a different school are having a party in the garden next door to us, so looks like people must have been given the afternoon off.

'Clouds of dust'

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

I'm here in Hackness where there was an amazing cold gust of wind as the cyclists all went past pretty fast, sending clouds of dust following.

Riders in Hackness

This morning amateur cyclists went past waving cheerfully - then later there was the parade of police motorbikes with horns blaring, followed by the cyclists.

Spied from the sky

As the riders approach Rosedale, Hull Look North's Phil Connell spied this striking artwork from his bird's-eye view in a helicopter.

Artwork in Rosedale

The giant painting is on a hillside adjacent to the Cote de Rosedale Abbey - the tough 340-metre climb out of the village.

It was commissioned by the moor's National Park Authority to greet riders and spectators on this particularly gruelling stretch of the race.

Is that Wiggo?

Spectator Jo Wozencroft

tweets from Dalby: Is that Wiggo I spy? #tdy #bbctdy @BBCLookNorth

Rider at Dalby
Jo Wozencroft

Life's a beach

BBC Look North

Our very own Harry Gration is waiting patiently for the race in Scarborough.

Harry on the beach

He's reporting live from North Bay on the

lunchtime bulletin. Tune in now!

Trophy with Yorkshire roots

The trophy to be presented to the winner of the Tour de Yorkshire was designed and made by Thomas Fattorini Ltd - a company originally founded in Yorkshire in 1827.

Tour de Yorkshire trophy
Welsome to Yorkshire

Crafted in the shape of the letter Y for Yorkshire, the trophy will be handed to the winner of the inaugural event, which runs from 1 to 3 May.

Motorcycle marshals raring to go

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service say there's a team of motorcycle marshals on the ground today.

National Escorts Group
Humberside Fire and Rescue

The National Escorts Group will be keeping everyone safe along the route.

Grey skies in Pickering

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Spectators are gathering under ominous grey skies in Pickering.

Crowds at Pickering.

BBC Look North reporter Cathy Killick is at the scene, where she took this atmospheric shot of the waiting crowds.

Hang in there, only 30 minutes to wait!

Gap grows to 5 minutes

Race organiser Tour de Yorkshire

tweets: Gap grows to 4'50 between front five and pack led by @TeamSky #TdY

Tour de Yorkshire
Tour de Yorkshire

Pebble power

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

The race might have left Bridlington in the blink of an eye, but this artwork will be there at least until the tide comes in.

Cycle race artwork
Graham Smith

Local children painstakingly crafted this lovely homage to the cycle race out of pebbles on North Beach.

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Spelling it out

Youngsters from Bay Primary School are proud to be from Bridlington today - so much so they're spelling out the town's name on their t-shirts!

Children from Bay Primary School

BBC Radio Humberside's David Burns lined them up for this lovely picture on South Marine Drive.

Tour weather: Sunny spells

BBC Weather

Here's what the

forecast looks like for the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire today.

Tour de Yorkshire weather

It will be mostly dry and bright with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells.

There's a risk of an isolated shower over the North York Moors and coastal parts, though most will remain dry.

'Absolutely wonderful'

James Piekos

BBC Radio Humberside

I've been getting some reaction here in Sewerby, where the riders have swept past in tight formation like a flock of seagulls.

Resident Janice said: "It was absolutely wonderful - the atmosphere, the people, the colours. Everyone made such an effort.

Another spectator, Julian told me: "It was really good, it makes me want to go to Scarborough and watch it [there].

Fellow race fan John added: "It was fantastic, there was a good build-up and everyone had a great time."

Talk of the town

Local dignitaries and sporting stars have given their views on the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire race.

Ed Clancy
Getty Images

Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy, who is also riding in the race, said it was the "talk" of the county.

"I think even if we only get a tiny percentage of those who turned out for the Tour de France it will still be a huge event."

Bridlington's mayor Shelagh Finlay hopes the event will put the resort on the international map.

"It is an opportunity for us to showcase our fabulous harbour, the coastline and all the things people want when they come on holiday," she told

BBC Radio York.

They came, they saw, they went for a cuppa

Just as quickly as they gathered for the start of the Tour de Yorkshire, the throngs of eager spectators have scattered.

Crowds disperse at Sewerby

James Piekos

tweets: They came, they saw, now they're off for a cuppa. Crowds disperse in #Sewerby after the race has passed.

Bempton welcomes riders

School children are lining the route ready to welcome riders in Bempton who are due there any minute.

School children lining the route

Star spotting

The cameras are out as cycling fans try to get snaps of Sir Bradley Wiggins moments before the start.

Bradley Wiggins

The Olympic champion

says he's not taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire to win, but to "have a go".

Heading for Sewerby

Hundreds of people cheered as the riders left Bridlington and headed for Sewerby a few minutes away.

Riders on the route

Road closures 'kept to minimum'

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Race organisers tell me that to minimise disruption, most road closures during the race will be rolling road closures with sections closed for about an hour to see the riders move safely through the course.

"We won't see road closures anywhere near the same scale or length as 2014's Tour de France Grand Départ," they say.

Some roads, such as start and finish lines and some climbs and sprints, will need to be closed for longer periods, for "spectator safety and race logistics".

Latest road closure information over the three days can be found


And they're off!

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Crowds are cheering as 144 riders leave South Marine Drive in Bridlington.

TDY start line
Tour de Yorkshire

Swift on home territory

Rotherham's Ben Swift is also among the

elite riders tackling the race in his home county.

Ben Swift on Tour de Yorkshire route
Welcome to Yorkshire

Here he is pictured doing a recce of the Stage One route in the North York Moors.

Wiggins: 'I'm not trying to win this'

BBC Sport

Sir Bradley Wiggins is not entering the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire to win it, but plans to go on the attack,

BBC Sport reports.

Sir Bradley Wiggins
Getty Images


first Tour de France winner is among 144 riders in the three-day race, which starts with today's 174km stage from Bridlington to Scarborough.

"I'm not coming here trying to win this," said Wiggins. "But I feel liberated. I can have a go."