Whitby ready to welcome Tour de Yorkshire

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Pedal power is set to sweep the area today as the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race enters its final day - and Whitby.

Stage three of the race is expected to get underway today (Sunday) in Middlesbrough at around 11.35am.

After taking in Thirsk, Sutton Bank and Helmsley, cyclists will have to tackle the North York Moors before arriving in Castleton from about 2.15pm.

By this time they will have cycled 109 miles.

From there the route heads to Danby (2.19pm), Glaisdale (2.32pm), Egton (2.39pm) and Grosmont (2.43pm) before the hill climb out of Grosmont at around 2.43pm.

The route then joins the A169 at Sleights at approximately 2.53pm and turns right to go towards Briggswath and along The Carrs arriving in Ruswarp at about 3pm for the climb up Ruswarp Bank.

When the race arrives at Mayfield Road it turns into a sprint section towards the town centre via Bagdale and will hit the town centre from 3.06pm.

Like last year the riders will pass over the swing bridge in the shadows of Whitby Abbey and St Mary’s Church before heading away from town and up Green Lane on the way to the back road at Hawsker.

The race is set to arrive in Hawsker at 3.12pm and be in Fylingthorpe by 3.19pm. The climb back towards the A171 has been branded Cote de Robin Hood’s Bay.

It then heads for the finish line at Scarborough with the front runners set to be arriving from 4.25pm for the grand finish.

Parts of Whitby have been turned into a sea of yellow and blue, with bunting and bikes being set out along the route as the town shows its support.