Thousands turned out to line the route of the second day of the Tour de Yorkshire as it wound its way through the streets of the county.

Racing began with the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire Women’s race, which saw almost a hundred riders line up on the start line on the Knavesmire in York, including Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey, Olympic track star Joanna Rowsell and Huddersfield riders Amira Mellor and Abby-Mae Parkinson.

They completed four laps of a 20km circuit through the streets of the historic city of York, with the race won by Louse Mahé of Team IKON-Mazda.

An hour after the women’s race began in York, the men’s race set off from Selby outside the town’s historic Abbey.

They took on the first climb at North Newbald before racing through the packed streets of Beverley and on up through the Yorkshire Wolds which provided a beautiful Yorkshire backdrop for television viewers across the world. After travelling north to Norton the riders headed into the York for two laps of a circuit which took them past some of the historic sights of the city.

The race was won by Moreno Hofland, of the Netherlands, after the second thrilling sprint finish the city had seen in as many hours. There were two Yorkshire riders in the top ten, Russell Downing of Cult Energy and Harry Tanfield of JLT Condor.

New Mill's Gabriel 'Gabz' Cullaigh finished 77th in stage two out of 131 riders who started and is currently in 77th place overall going into stage three.

Huddersfield's Olympic hero Ed Clancy was 111th in stage two and is 119th overall going into stage three.

Gabz, 19, finished 33rd overall in stage one and was second-highest of a youthful Team GB’s riders, on a day where treacherous conditions saw some of the world’s best stutter.

Speaking after that stage Cullaigh was in the thick of the action when a number of riders fell 50km from the end of the stage, and admitted his instincts, as well as a bit of luck, had pulled him through.

“Turns out I’m pretty happy,” he said. “I was about third or fourth group in the road, so I’m dead happy with that.

“It’s a tough day, a really hard day out, so to finish fairly front-end of the race is very pleasing.

“I positioned myself well for the climbs. There were a few dangerous bits, it rained near one of the descent curls, a few riders came off but I positioned myself well for that.

“So I’m just happy with how I rode all day really, it’s good.

“I was up at the front of the bunch, I saw them coming down, I pressed the brakes but nothing happened and the wheels just skidded.

“I managed to keep it upright, work my way round the crash – it was pretty lucky really. The race carried on going after that, so it was just about carrying on.

“My wheels locked a bit so it was just luck really that I stayed up, it was good.”

We'll be running a liveblog of the third day of the race from 11.30am today as it sweeps into New Mill and through the Holme and Colne Valleys via Holmfirth, Meltham, Marsden and Slaithwaite.

Tour de Yorkshire 2015: EVERYTHING you need to know