Whitby waves through stage one of Tour de Yorkshire

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Whitby whooped, waved and cheered as the town gave a warm welcome to cylists taking part in stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Riders were about ten minutes later than expected passing through the town, following a crash in the Esk Valley, but it was worth the wait for the hundreds who lined the town centre streets to encourage the teams as they sped past.

Le Tour Yorks. Whitby.

Le Tour Yorks. Whitby.

The teams were greeted by a sea of blue and yellow flags, bunting and specially painted up bikes as they travelled along Mayfield Road and down Prospect Hill.

They streamed down Bagdale and onto New Quay Road where crowds had gathered hours before the arrival of the 18 different teams, represented by over 100 riders.

One of the most iconic shots from the series, which comes as a result of the hugely successful grand depart of the Tour de France last year, is set to be cyclists racing over the iconic Whitby swing bridge.

Schools let children out early so they could get a glimpse of the action while the villages in the Esk Valley weren’t to be outdone either.

first of the riders cross the swing bridge

first of the riders cross the swing bridge

In Grosmont the legendary Sir Nigel Gresley locomotove and two companions sent up plumes of steam to mark the occasion while in Danby and Castleton there were street parties and an after party being hosted by singer and keen cyclist Alistair Griffin.

It is hoped that the legacy of the Tour and Whitby’s part in it will be felt in the town for years to come.

Cllr Joe Plant told the Gazette: “I think we should have some sort of legacy but what we do needs a good think through, but it would be a fanastic idea.”