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Summary

  1. Stage one of four-day men's race: Doncaster to Selby (178.5km)
  2. Jesper Asselman of the Netherlands wins opening stage
  3. Britain's Jacob Hennessy wins both intermediate sprints and day's only climb
  4. Chris Froome rides for Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky)
  5. Mark Cavendish competes for Dimension Data team
  6. Two-day women's race featuring Lizzie Deignan starts on Friday

Live Reporting

By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks for joining me

    Right that's me done for today. Thanks for joining me.

    You can read more about today's race in our report here.

    See you soon.

  2. 'Biggest victory of my career'

    Tour de Yorkshire stage one winner Jesper Asselman speaking to ITV:

    "I thought we were going to get caught because the advantage went down really fast in the last 15 to 20km.

    "I knew we had a bit of a chance so I needed to stay calm and wait. I went full gas and looked under my elbow and saw it was going to happen.

    "It’s always an advantage to ride at front in these types of conditions but it was so cold, I tried to put on an extra jacket but I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t close the zipper and I’m still shivering like crazy.

    "It is the biggest victory of my career. Last year I broke my ankle and I was almost off the bike all year. I still cannot believe it. It is really awesome."

  3. Race standings

    1. J. Asselman (Ned/Roompot) 4hrs 05 mins 45 seconds
    2. F. Fortin (Ita/Cofidis) Same time
    3. J. Van Genechten (Bel/Vital concept)
    4. B. van Poppel (Ned/Roompot)
    5. G. Cullaigh (GB/Team Wiggins)
  4. Post update

    Mark Cavendish ended up finishing in eighth spot.

    That was nail biting stuff. Another 20-30 metres or so and the outcome would have been totally different.

  5. Post update

    The peloton almost snatched that back.

    I don't think there'll be a time gap from the Dutch rider Jesper Asselman. He only just held on as the main group swallowed up the rest of the breakaway group.

  6. Asselman wins

    What. A. Finish. Jesper Asselman is almost taken out by a Tour de Yorkshire flag but he grabs hold of it and sprints clear of Kevin Vermaerke, Daniel Bigham and Joe Nally.

    Lightening strikes twice.

  7. Post update

    Here we go.

  8. Post update

    500m to go.

  9. Post update

    Now then the breakaway group have just over a kilometre to go and out come the cat and mouse games.

    Jesper Asselman, Kevin Vermaerke, Daniel Bigham and Joe Nally are jockeying for position.

  10. Post update

    The Press Associations's cycling reporter Ian Parker is waiting at the finish.

    It all looks a bit tight to me. Not sure I'd fancy a sprint down there myself.

    Stage One finish at Selby
  11. Post update

    Less than two miles to go. The breakaway group Jesper Asselman, Kevin Vermaerke, Daniel Bigham and Joe Nally still have 25 seconds on the peloton.

    There'll fancy this. We are in Harry Tanfield territory.

  12. Get Involved

    #BBCTDY

    Jolie: Getting ready for the Tour De Yorkshire to pass through Escrick.

    Fans gather in Escrick
  13. Post update

    The conditions into Selby really are pretty shocking.

    The rain is bucketing down, the roads are narrowing and the telecommunications signal is all over the place which means the pictures are pretty intermittent.

    Four miles or so of this left.

  14. Dunbar and Stannard cracking the whip

    Team Ineos riders Eddie Dunbar and Ian Stannard are really cracking the whip at the front of the race....45 seconds or so to the breakaway group.

  15. Post update

    Looks like Dimension Data have earmarked 38-year-old Austrian Bernhard Eisel to be the man to lead Mark Cavendish out into a sprint.

    About six miles left.

  16. Dimension Data prepping for a sprint

    Looks like Dimension Data are prepping for a bunch sprint.

    Mark Cavendish has peeled away from their group of riders near the front of the peloton to grab a breather and CCC's Greg Van Avermaet is back in the bunch.

  17. Leaders putting in a shift

    Jesper Asselman, Kevin Vermaerke, Daniel Bigham and Joe Nally are putting in a real shift at the front of the race now.

    Less than 10 miles to go and the gap between the four leaders and the peloton is down to 64 seconds.

  18. Get Involved

    #BBCTDY

    Rob Sadler: Oh, so that's why some local potholes were filled last week.

    Rob Sadler Twitter account
  19. Post update

    Greg van Avermaet is in trouble. Looks like he's got a puncture and is having to change a wheel.

    The 33-year-old Belgian rider won the Tour de Yorkshire in 2018 and he should get back on the peloton but how will that impact on the CCC team and any attempt from the peloton to reel in the breakaway group?

  20. Rain increases along with crowds at Selby

    And the rain just keeps on coming...

    The atmosphere is really building up now as the first cyclists are coming close to the finish line.

    What a day!

    It whets your appetite for the next few days doesn't it......sorry that was pretty lame.

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