The Tour de Yorkshire looked a lot like a major race as huge crowds watched the final stage


Tour de Yorkshire organisers were left to reflect on another hugely successful event as an estimated two millions fans lined the streets over the three-day event.

Cycling has enjoyed a boom in popularity in Yorkshire since the Tour de France Grand Depart was held their two years ago, and pictures showing huge crowds as the riders tackled the challenging third stage through the North Yorkshire Moors were reminiscent of Alpine passes in the grand tours.

People crowd Sutton Bank near Thirsk to watch stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire

Cyclists climb Sutton Bank

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The peloton of riders on the Marine Drive in Scarborough

The wet weather failed to dampen fans' enthusiasm for the second staging of the race - and some even got involved.

A man cycles up climb Sutton Bank with a child in tow

Young cyclist climbs Sutton Bank

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler beat Nicholas Roche to win the final stage - a testing 198km journey from Middlesbrough to Scarborough.

Pro-Direct Energie's Thomas Voeckler

And the event was not just a success in terms of crowds, but also with the riders - with plans to expand it to a four-day event in the future as it firms a place on the cycling calendar.

"The UK is possibly one of the hardest places in the world to race," Team Sky's Luke Rowe said.

"You look at a day like today, it's brutal all the way through. It was what we expected - a small group at the finish and bodies everywhere."

Pro-Team Direct Energie's Thomas Voeckler

Pro-Team Direct Energie's Thomas Voeckler