Women's Tour de Yorkshire 2019 - Stage 1

Today on stage one of Tour de Yorkshire was a novelty, and no, I don’t mean because there was live TV coverage start to finish! I started the day from my own bed. This never happens! The location of the race may have been kind today, the weather… not so much.

Ahead of the race there had been some discussion between the photographers about the difficulty of getting around the course to good spots. Was it possible to do the Harrogate circuit and still make it to the finish? I was pretty confident it was possible, sure enough to take the risk. Jumping in the car after seeing the race twice on the Worlds circuit it was time for the dash to the finish, but there was no where to dash too! Chronic traffic issues trying to get to the motorway and what felt like the longest ever level crossing closure, I was sure our chances of getting to the finish in time was over. Twila in the passenger seat watched the race online: “20km to go, 19km to go” we were still well behind. I messaged JoJo asking if she could shoot the finish there, was no way we’d get there. Somehow we made it, (I still don’t know how!) running into the Market Square whilst the race had 2km to go.

Lots of photos of bikes pre-race but not many riders as they hide from the rain in team campers and buses



Fans wait in the rain in Barnsley


CANYON//SRAM Racing sign on in Barnsley


Alice Barnes leads the bunch


Alison Jackson battling the rain in the bunch


Lauren Kitchen bridging across to solo leader, Lizzy Banks


Lizzy Banks checks who she has for company in the break


Lisa Brennauer and Christine Majerus on the Harrogate circuit


Tayler Wiles eyes the top of the climb


Waited for ages for the peloton to arrive in the gap in the trees, then almost missed it when they did! 😀


Lizzie Deignan leads the chase


Ella Harris in the bunch


Lauren Kitchen leads the break


Lorena Wiebes made it look easy!


Lizzy Banks catches up with her partner after securing the Queen of the Mountains jersey

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