Live Coverage of Tour de Yorkshire - Stage 1

Race overview:

Distance: 184km

Start Location: Beverly

End Location: Settle

Welcome to live coverage of stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire from Beverly to Settle

Start list

Live commentary by Sadhbh O'Shea

  1. 14:56:55 BST

    The deterioration in the weather has been matched by an increase in the advantage of the breakaway. The gap is now back up to four minutes to the six-man group. 

     

  2. 14:55:02 BST

    The rain is coming down again and the jackets going back on. Nils Politt is having a few issues getting his zipped up at the back of the breakaway. 

  3. 14:39:57 BST

    The break continues to hold at 3'03 ahead of the peloton as the rain eases off for now.

  4. 14:38:42 BST

    90km remaining from 184km

    Into the final 90km of racing and Eisel is now on the front of the bunch setting DImension Data.

  5. 14:33:44 BST

    The gap has dropped to 2:56 after the peloton has passed through the feed zone. 

     

  6. 14:29:48 BST

    Jens Wallays nearly has an accident picking up his feed zone. 

     

  7. 14:28:44 BST

    94km remaining from 184km

    Lunch time for the peloton and the gap has dropped a touch to 3:19. Barnard Eisel is trying to get the warmth back into his arms by swinging them around like windmills. 

     

  8. 14:25:15 BST

    The Giro d'Italia is just a week away and we've put together a list of 10 riders to watch at the first Grand Tour of the year. You can find the full list here

     

  9. 14:21:12 BST

    The last of the escapees we'll take a look at is Graham Briggs. At 32, he is the oldest of the riders in the breakaway. He's been a dominant force on the domestic scene and a former national circuit race champion. 

     

  10. 14:17:13 BST

    • Dimenson Data 2016

    Dimension Data has taken to the front of the bunch with Bernard Eisel. He last rode in Yorkshire during the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart. 

     

  11. 14:13:37 BST

    There is plenty of other racing going on today and Jaime Roson has just won stage six of the Tour of Turkey. 

     

  12. 14:11:48 BST

    Bradley Wiggins sitting near the back of the bunch. He was caught up in that very early crash but seems ok. Wiggins is here for his team rather than having any ambitions. The track is his main focus. 

     

  13. 14:07:37 BST

    The riders heading through Tadcaster where many of the major floods late last year. 

     

  14. 14:05:50 BST

    • Team Katusha 2016

    The penultimate rider in this break is the Katusha man Nils Politt. The 22-year-old German is making his debut at WorldTour level this season. He's had a solid start to his time with Katusha, taking 9th at the Three Days of De Panne last month. 

    Politt is a former under 23 national road race and time trial champion.

     

  15. 14:00:45 BST

    After the early rain, the roads are starting to dry out but it is not yet warm enough for riders to consider taking their arm warmers off. 

     

  16. 13:57:49 BST

    A nice shot of the peloton from earlier in the day, courtesy of the organisers. 

     

     

  17. 13:55:32 BST

    Matt Cronshaw is the next rider that we're going to have a look at in that six-man breakaway. Cronshaw, now racing for Madison Genesis, is another veteran of the British scene.The 27-year-old is yet to win a race this year but has notched up at least one in ever year of his career. 

     

  18. 13:52:44 BST

    115km remaining from 184km

    With the work that Sky is putting on the front of the peloton, the gap to the escapees has fallen down to 3:31.

     

  19. 13:49:40 BST

    • Team Sky 2016

    Sky has now put the whole team on the front and the peloton is still in a long line. It's not been an easy day out there for anybody. Adam Yates has infiltrated the Sky train and ins in third wheel. 

     

  20. 13:44:49 BST

    • One Pro Cycling 2016

    The third man we'll look at in this breakaway is Pete Williams from One Pro Cycling. At 29, he is one of the most experienced riders in this escape. Williams began his team in 2008 with the Pinarello Racing Team. He's ridden for a range of Continental teams but this is the first time he's ridden at Pro Continental level. Williams recently finished second to his teammate at Tro Bro Leon. 

     

  21. 13:39:13 BST

    122km remaining from 184km

    The wind is certainly howling and it now pretty much a headwind. This is having an impact on the pace and they are running a little behind schedule. 

     

  22. 13:35:55 BST

    • Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise 2015 team jersey

    Next we will take a look at Jens Wallays, who is the 23-year-old brother of Lotto-Soudal rider Jelle Wallays. He is a former under 23 Belgian champion in his second season with Topsport Vlaanderen and is yet to take his first victory as a professional. 

     

  23. 13:33:12 BST

    Despite the rubbish weather, there are plenty of fans out on course. 

     

  24. 13:31:12 BST

    With things settled down in Yorkshire, let's take a closer look at some of the riders in the breakaway. First up in Sebastian Mora. As we mentioned earlier, he is the current scratch race champion - a title he won in London last month. He also claimed a bronze medal in the Madison too. He won gold in both events at the European championships last year. 

     

    There are a few track riders in the Raleigh team, including Morgan Kneiskey who won gold with Bryan Coquard at the 2015 World Championships. 

     

  25. 13:27:04 BST

    Cheung's teammate Simon Yates was caught up in a scandal overnight after returning a positive test. He wasn't due to race here but obviously the team are in Yorkshire and they have reacted angrily to the news being revealed but are backing Yates.

     

  26. 13:19:10 BST

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    Orica-GreenEdge has decided to put a man up front to help and it is King Lok Cheung who is setting the pace.

     

  27. 13:13:34 BST

    An update on the distance to go. It is not 44km, they have not developed turbo speed just yet. It is actually 138 after that intermediate sprint. 

     

  28. 13:12:30 BST

    Pete Williams went for an early tilt at the intermediate sprint but he faded near the line, allowing scratch race world champion Sebastian Mora to take full points. 

     

  29. 13:08:58 BST

    44km remaining from 184km

    The rain has stopped but this is Britain so the next shower could only be a few seconds away. With 14km to go, the gap has dropped down to 3:45.

     

  30. 13:05:44 BST

    As we mentioned earlier, it has been a bad week for British Cycling and yesterday UK sport issued a statement saying that they had asked BC to investigate reports that some of their kit had been sold on auction sites. You can read the story here

     

  31. 13:02:29 BST

    The rain is absolutely hammering it down at the moment and the long sleeve jerseys are all coming back on. Grant Ferguson is having a few issues with his. It's in his mouth but the pace is to high for him to try and get it on. 

     

  32. 13:00:19 BST

    • Dimenson Data 2016

    Eritrean Mekseb Debesay really looks like he isn't enjoying this sort of weather. Used to much hotter conditions at home, he's got most of his face covered up. Debesay is in his first season with Dimension Data and recently competed at the cobbled classics. He had a bit of a mishap at E3 Harelbeke when he abandoned and tried to take a shortcut to the finish but got lost. A helpful fan picked him up however. 

     

  33. 12:57:11 BST

    The conditions are playing havoc with the peloton and it is strung out in one very long line. 

     

  34. 12:51:23 BST

    Today should be a sprint stage, although the weather could have something to say about that. There are a few contenders for the victory including Orica-GreenEdge's Caleb Ewan. His fellow Australian Mark Renshaw could be up in the mix to, as could Roompot's Barry Markus and Giant-Alpecin's Nikias Arndt.

     

  35. 12:47:48 BST

    Kennaugh now has some help with Zandio moving up to the front. Direct Energie are looming just behind them.

  36. 12:44:48 BST

  37. 12:37:34 BST

    • Team Sky 2016

    Pete Kennaugh is the rider doing all the work for Sky at the moment and with a cross headwind battering the peloton it is strung out. He got himself into a spot of bother yesterday with his comments about women's cycling. You can read about it here

     

  38. 12:32:15 BST

    The gap continues to grow to the escapees, who now have 4:08 on the peloton. Team Sky are doing some management work on the front as are Direct Energie. 

     

  39. 12:28:54 BST

    • Orica GreenEdge jersey 2016

    This week's race is probably a nice little bit of respite for British Cycling after a torrid week for the governing body. The latest news came last night with Simon Yates returning a positive test for an asthma medication. The team have said that it was down to an administrative error.

     

  40. 12:23:36 BST

    The six riders in the break are Jens Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Pete Williams (One Pro Cycling), Sebastian Mora (Raleigh GAC), Matt Cronshaw (Madison Genisis), Nils Politt (Katusha), Graham Briggs (JLT Condor).

     

  41. 12:15:56 BST

    Hepworth gives up on his chase and is caught by the peloton. 

     

  42. 12:15:01 BST

    We have another rider from Raleigh trying to jump the gap but it is now up to 1:34 and it could be a struggle to make it. 

     

  43. 12:12:20 BST

    178km remaining from 184km

    The breakaway are edging clear and with 178km to go it has gone up to 47 seconds. The peloton is still quite small after that very early crash. 

     

  44. 12:06:24 BST

    Up front, it is now six riders in the breakaway and it looks like the peloton are happy with this one. The gap is still very small though at only 13 seconds. We'll bring you the names as soon as we can. 

     

  45. 12:03:00 BST

    It looks like Bradley Wiggins was caught up in that  crash. He doesn't look hurt and he's making his way back to the bunch. 

     

  46. 12:02:30 BST

    With the carnage behind, we've got five riders who have gone up the road but the peloton are chasing them. 

     

  47. 12:00:47 BST

    Racing has only just begun and we've already got a crash. A lot of riders have gone down.

     

  48. 11:59:21 BST

    Today's route will travel just south of the historic city of York and finish in Settle. There are a couple of tricky little climbs near the finish, which could split the peloton. 

     

  49. 11:52:08 BST

    The riders are now rolling out for the neutral start. It's a 183km day out there for the peloton. 

     

  50. 11:46:58 BST

    Welcome to the Tour de Yorkshire and the riders are just minutes away from starting. It's cold out there and there is plenty of arm and leg warmers around.