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Thousands of spectators lined the route as the Tour De Yorkshire bike race headed through West Leeds.
The race headed through Kirkstall, past the Abbey, over Kirkstall Bridge up Cockshott Lane and onto Stanningley Road. From there, the riders were cheered on down Canal Road and onto Burley Road.
Race winner Chris Lawless said:
“I can’t believe I’ve won what is essentially my home race and I’m over the moon. I’ve really surprised myself over the last four days and that was the deepest I’ve ever dug on a bike.
“It’s always nice to race in Britain because we don’t get to ride here much and the crowds in Yorkshire are always amazing. I’ve started every edition of this race and always had good memories of it.
“It’s always a nice race to come to and the fans are always really supportive. There are hundreds of thousands of them and I’ve heard my name shouted a few times this week which is always nice.”
Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said the day was a big success. She said:
“It was great to see another fantastic finish to the Tour de Yorkshire in Leeds, with huge crowds of families and people of all ages cheering on the world’s finest riders in a tremendous atmosphere.”
Organisers estimate more than 800,000 people lined the route, which started in Halifax.
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