The Tour de Yorkshire will race across our green and pleasant land as the cycling race returns for its second year.

This year's event will be held April 29-May 1, with routes stretching to cover all four corners of God's Own Country.

Sadly Huddersfield and Calderdale are not featured in the 2016 routes, after enjoying major roles in the 2014 Tour de France and the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire.

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But the cyclists will speed through parts of Leeds, North Yorkshire, Doncaster and along the coast, where fans can watch their heroes in action.

Tour de Yorkshire 2016: The routes

The route will take the 18 teams of eight riders to all four corners of Yorkshire.

Stage One

Stage One begins in Beverley, home to one of England’s finest Minsters, before the peloton races to Tadcaster and on to Knaresborough which was the scene of some of the biggest crowds for the Tour de France in 2014. A series of climbs takes the riders past Brimham Rocks before a finish in Settle.

The best spots to watch the Tour de Yorkshire 2016: Stage one

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Stage Two

On Stage Two, men and women will face exactly the same stage which starts in Otley, home of the current women’s road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead. From Otley riders travel south, on roads not raced on in the Tour de France or Tour de Yorkshire, towards Conisbrough Castle and on to Doncaster.

The best spots to watch the Tour de Yorkshire 2016: Stage two

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Stage Three will be familiar to those who raced in 2015, starting in Captain James Cook’s home town of Middlesbrough, then into Herriot Country before tackling the infamous Sutton Bank, the first of six King of the Mountain points in just one stage. Riders then head over the North York Moors and down towards Scarborough for a thrilling finish.what promises to be a thrilling finale and a race to the very end.

Stage Three

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The best spots to watch the Tour de Yorkshire 2016: Stage three