Stage two marks an important milestone for the Tour de Yorkshire, as the women's race will be held on exactly the same route as the men's with the women starting in the morning and the men in the early afternoon. The route begins in Otley, home town of current women's road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead and will take the riders on a stage of champions which will finish after 136.5km with a likely sprint finish in Doncaster.
The stage in videos
- Summary - Stage 2 (Otley > Doncaster)
- Summary - Women's Race (Otley > Doncaster)
The stage in pictures
Tour de Yorkshire 2016 - 30/04/2016 - Deuxième étape : Otley / Doncaster (136,5 km) - HANDLEY Richard, Team One Pro Cycling © PAULINE BALLET / ASO
The town of Otley lies in lower Wharfedale at a bridging point of the River Wharfe, surrounded by stunning countryside and fantastic views.
Otley has a long and distinguished history dating back to at least Anglo-Saxon times. An historic market town, markets have been held here since the granting of a Royal Charter in 1222.
Brimming with history and packed full of small independent shops, it's been at the heart of the beautiful lower Wharfe Valley for many centuries.
To the south, the Otley Chevin was the inspiration behind a number of Turner paintings and is worthy of attention for its stunning beauty and picturesque setting.
Home town of current women's road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead, there are not surprisingly many popular cycling routes to discover from Otley. Linked to several national cycling routes and visited by the Tour de France in 2014, the town is a popular destination for both road cyclists and mountain bikers.
An historical market town at the southern edge of Yorkshire, Doncaster is known throughout the world for its horse racing and rail heritage. In fact, the most famous locomotive in the world the Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster. It was also the site of a Roman fort built on the banks of the River Don and named “Danum.” Although Doncaster itself is a large town, the wider borough covers an enormous area with attractive villages and wonderful green open spaces, including picturesque woodlands, river gorges and even moorlands. We pride ourselves on our wonderful attractions which also include museums and galleries, historic buildings, award winning market, sporting action, theatre, cinema and music. The internationally renowned Doncaster Racecourse is home to the St Leger, the world's oldest classic horse race, and our Yorkshire Wildlife Park, residence of the only polar bears in England, attracts over 750,000 visitors per year! We benefit from excellent rail and road links, and Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights across Europe and beyond. Doncaster is a town looking to the future with a number of major developments paving the way for exciting times ahead!
Jersey wearers after the stage 3
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