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Photos: Thousands take to streets as Tour De Yorkshire rides through West Leeds

Photos: Mat Dale &
Simon Cullingworth

Thousands of spectators lined the route as the Tour De Yorkshire bike race headed through West Leeds.

Riders on Stanningley Road. Photo: Mat Dale

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.

Spectators wait patiently. Photo: Mat Dale
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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.

Thumbs up from these fans. Photo: Mat Dale

“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.

Here comes the pack. Photo: Mat Dale

“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.”

Heading towards the Cote De Mike’s Carpets? Photo: Mat Dale

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.”

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Race to the finish: Riders on the Headrow. Photo: Simon Cullingworth

Organisers estimate more than 800,000 people lined the route, which started in Halifax.

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Chris Froome in Leeds city centre. Photo: Simon Cullingworth

 

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Well marshalled! Photo: SImon Cullingworth

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