Reigning Olympic road race champion Greg van Avermaet claimed the Tour de Yorkshire overall victory on a stunning day on and off the roads.
As the crowds basked in beautiful bank holiday sunshine and lined the streets in their thousands, they witnessed the Belgian cross the line in second behind Stephane Rossetto on day four to claim the blue jersey and seal an overall victory.
The 32-year-old started the day ten seconds behind Magnus Cort Nielsen but eventually secured the triumph by nine seconds ahead of Spaniard Eduard Prades.
Defending Tour de Yorkshire champion Serge Pauwels finished third, with Ian Bibby the pick of the British racers as he rolled home in sixth, 23 seconds off the lead.
Frenchman Rossetto’s sensational effort will live long in the memory – he attacked valiantly from early in the race, with a full 120km left in the stage, and stayed clear of the field right up until he crossed the line first in Headrow, Leeds.
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