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‘Brilliant crowds’ for Tour de Yorkshire

Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet claimed the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire title after Stephane Rossetto rode to a sensational solo victory in Leeds on the final fourth stage on Sunday.

Rossetto won by 34 seconds after riding the final 120km on his own. Belgian Van Avermaet, who started the day 10 seconds behind overnight leader Magnus Cort Nielsen, finished second on the last stage of the four-day race to take the blue jersey. 

He won the title by nine seconds from Spanish rider Eduard Prades with 2017 champion Serge Pauwels third overall.

The race had begun in Beverley last Thursday, with huge crowds turning out for the start of both the women’s and men’s races. The two-day women’s race was eventually won by American rider Megan Guarnier.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council leader Stephen Parnaby told Beverley FM: “Beverley looked amazing and it was brilliant to see the crowd. The town was busier than I have ever seen it. Having two stage starts was a real treat, particularly for the thousands of schoolchildren who turned out to see them.”