Record breaking crowds turn out for Tour de Yorkshire

More than 2.6 million spectators turned out over four days to watch the 2018 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire in another record-breaking year for the event.

About 900,000 roadside spectators witnessed Sunday's final stage, with Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) taking overall victory and Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) securing the stage win.

The 2018 edition of the race, held from 3-6 May, expanded from three to four days and took in 169 villages including our wonderful Wakefield district

American Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam) won the 2018 Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women's Race, which finished on Friday.

Leeds City Council leader councillor Judith Blake added: "What an incredible four days it has been for Leeds and for Yorkshire. It was excellent to see the people of Leeds turn out in their thousands in the sunshine and give the riders an electric reception when they arrived at the finish line on the Headrow.

The 2017 edition of the race was watched by 9.7 million TV viewers in 180 countries and generated £64m for the Yorkshire economy.