Tour de Yorkshire: Big crowds line the streets to cheer on cyclists

The Tour de Yorkshire peloton passing through Market Weighton
The Tour de Yorkshire peloton passing through Market Weighton

Excited spectators braved the cold and wet weather to watch world class cyclists speed through Market Weighton and surrounding villages during the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire today.

Stage one got underway in Beverley at about 12noon and the peloton raced to Holme on the Wolds and then Market Weighton along Londesborough Road, Market Place and Holme Road. The cyclists headed westwards through Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Foggathorpe and Bubwith.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Market Weighton for the sporting extravaganza, and the town centre was decked out in yellow and blue bunting and Yorkshire flags for the event.

The elite riders will race to Tadcaster and on to Knaresborough. Taking in some of the Grand Depart 2014 route, a series of climbs takes the riders past Brimham Rocks before a finish in Settle.

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the event

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the event