The LottoNL-Jumbo team was beginning to wonder whether their first victory of the 2015 season would ever arrive. Happily for the Dutch outfit, Moreno Hofland broke the hoodoo in a sprint finish on stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire from Selby to York where 450.000 spectators lined the route. On a day which looked briefly like one for the escape artists, Team Sky were relieved to see the peloton come back together in the finale and their race leader, Lars Petter Nordhaug, retain his narrow...
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- Summary - Stage 2 (Selby > York)
- ROUTE 2015 - TOUR DE YORKSHIRE STAGE 2
At the heart of Yorkshire, Selby has always played a key role in the region's industrial development, from the opening of Selby canal in the 18th Century and as the home of Yorkshire's very first railway station in 1834. The town has played host to many industries including ship building and coal mining. A sculpture in the town's park depicts a variety of trades, showing a monk, miller, mariner and miner.
Selby's gem is undoubtedly its magnificent Abbey. Founded in 1069, the Abbey is the birthplace of King Henry I. It was founded by a monk from Auxerre in France, after he saw three swans landing on the river which he took to be sign from God. The swans have become a symbol for the town.
The Abbey is home to the famous Washington window, which shows a coat of arms from the ancestors of George Washington and is thought to be the inspiration for the American Stars and Stripes flag.
The Abbey dominates the charming market town which offers much to visitors, especially amateur cyclists. The town is at an important crossroads on the Trans Pennine Trail cycle route across Britain and acts as a base for access to fantastic cycling terrain.
The villages surrounding Selby offer an un-spoilt England, steeped in history: with battlefields, castles and Yorkshire charm.
York offers an eclectic mix of history, architectural beauty, buzzing nightlife and over 30 award-winning attractions in its compact centre, including York Minster - the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, the JORVIK Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum.
The Romans knew this ancient city as Eboracum. To the Saxons it was Eoforwick. The Vikings – who came as invaders but stayed on in settlements – called it Jorvik. The medieval legacy is everywhere to be seen, in the streets, buildings and the charming maze of ginnels. York is surrounded by the longest complete medieval city walls in England and is home to the Shambles, the oldest shopping street in Europe. Enjoy a day of getting lost amongst these intriguing streets and quirky cobbles!
York is also a vibrant cosmopolitan city, with an extraordinary choice of shops, restaurants and café bars. The city is gaining a reputation as a gastro hub, putting Yorkshire food firmly on the map.
York is known as Britain's ‘Home of Chocolate', with both the Terry's and Rowntree's chocolatiers starting life in the city. Visitors can go to ‘York's Chocolate Story' – a museum dedicated to all things chocolate, and discover how chocolate shaped the city.
One of the top three cities for cycling in the UK, York offers 190km of cycle routes, a purpose built 1km cycle circuit for racing, training and accessible sessions, and an Olympic size velodrome. York has 2,000 cycle parking spaces in the city centre and developed the first Park & Pedal scheme in the UK.
Jersey wearers after the stage 3
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