ITV Sport has confirmed that it will bring cycling fans live coverage of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire on May 1-3.
The new three-stage race, organised by Tour De France organisers ASO, follows on from the extraordinary success of the 2014 Grand Départ in the UK, which was staged in the county for the first two days.
Every stage of the first Tour de Yorkshire will be broadcast live on ITV4, with a least two hours of live afternoon coverage taking the conclusion to each stage, plus there will be one-hour highlights every evening, all of which will be available on-demand via ITV Player shortly after broadcast.
Gary Imlach will present ITV4’s coverage of the event, with cycling legend Chris Boardman alongside him providing expert analysis, while Ned Boulting and former professional road cyclist David Millar will be in the commentary box.
This year’s first Tour de Yorkshire will be one of the biggest cycle races to be staged in the UK, with the route predominantly taking in areas which missed out on the visit of the Tour peloton last year.
Kicking off with a 174km stage from Bridlington to Scarborough, the Tour’s first leg will take in beautiful coastal scenery and the North York Moors along the way, passing through the Dalby Forest, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.
A host of top riders and professional teams including BMC, Team Sky and Cofidis are expected to take part in the race, which was created after millions turned out to watch the opening stages of the Tour de France in Yorkshire in 2014.
The first stage is followed by a second of the same length, starting at Selby Abbey, going via Beverley and the Wolds and finishing with a circuit of historic York on Saturday.
Finally, the race concludes with a 167km stage from Wakefield to Leeds, running through the Yorkshire Dales and finishing in Roundhay Park.
In addition to ITV’s free-to-air coverage of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire, British Eurosport will also screen live coverage and nightly highlights of each stage.