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Tour de Yorkshire: Cycle race marks Tadcaster flood rebuild

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Stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire will start on the now fixed Tadcaster bridge

Brewing beer and a broken bridge are two things Tadcaster are famous for. But on Saturday, the once-split North Yorkshire market town is intent on redefining itself as host of one of Britain’s marquee cycle races.

The Tour de Yorkshire women’s race and stage two of the men’s event will start on the now infamous rebuilt 18th Century bridge over the River Wharfe that partially collapsed following the Boxing Day floods of 2015, which left the town of 6,500 people cut in two to traffic.

Some livelihoods were washed away that day, business for others dried up in the 13 months it took to reunite the town as footfall dropped dramatically and a detour of more than 10 miles was needed to reach the other side of the town by road.

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