Tour de Yorkshire: Greg Van Avermaet wins overall title after Stephane Rossetto wins last stage

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Greg Van Avermaet of team BMC
Greg Van Avermaet of team BMC

Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet won the Tour de Yorkshire overall title after a brilliant solo victory from Frenchman Stephane Rossetto in the final stage in Leeds.

Cofidis' Rossetto attacked from the breakaway on the punishing climb of Park Rash and stayed clear for over 110 arduous kilometres of the 189.5km stage from Halifax, which took the riders through the Yorkshire Dales.

Behind, Belgian Van Avermaet of BMC led the chase group over the line to take the general classification as the overnight leader Magnus Cort Nielsen of Astana lost contact with the peloton.

Rossetto had approached Park Rash alongside Canyon-Eisberg's Max Stedman, but he left the 22-year-old Briton in his wake midway up the 2.2km long climb, which averages 10.5 per cent.

With two more categorised climbs ahead of him, plus an intermediate sprint at the top of a climb which might have been categorised on any other day, few would have given Rossetto much hope.

A lead which had at one point been over six minutes tumbled in the final kilometres but he had enough left to take victory on the day by 34 seconds.

Van Avermaet dedicated his overall victory to the late Andy Rihs, the BMC team owner who died at the age of 75 last month.

"I think we all had it in mind to win a race for him," he said.

"Tomorrow is his funeral. He was a big boss for us, a big supporter for many years at BMC. The work the team did was incredible and we all had him in mind and it was really great I could finish it off.

"Thank you to Andy, thank you to the team. It's so great I can win this and it's great I can have Yorkshire on my palmares."

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