BLINK and you’ll miss it — the tour’s two races could shoot through Rotherham in just 15 minutes each.
Wentworth, Swinton and Conisbrough are among the villages making preparations for the women’s and men’s races pedalling past tomorrow (Friday) - and there are events planned throughout the day - but the riders will only be here for a short spell.
The women will come through first and are timetabled to enter the borough at Wentworth at around 9.25am, before competing in the intermediate sprint in Swinton at 9.38am and heading on to reach Hooton Roberts at 9.43am and Conisbrough at 9.47am.
Competitors in the men’s race are due to pass through Wentworth at 3.17pm, before a sprint is contested at Swinton at 3.28pm.
The route takes in Barrowfield Lane, Main Street and Cortworth Lane at Wentworth, Hoober Lane at Hoober, the whole of Wentworth Road between Upper Haugh and Kilnhurst, with a sprint around the High House pub at Swinton, Kilnhurst Road at Hooton Roberts and Doncaster Road all the way to Conisbrough, before turning west through Denaby and on through Mexborough, Adwick on Dearne, Harlington, Barnburgh and Hickleton. Roads will be closed on a "rolling" basis due the race.
Fans watching the race can pick up freebies en route.
The women’s race will feature world number one Anna van der Breggen, world champion Chantal Blaak and 2016 Tour de Yorkshire winner Kirsten Wild.
Reigning Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet is the biggest name lined up to ride in the men’s race, which will also feature the UK’s Olympic silver medallist and former Tour de France points champion Mark Cavendish.
Estimated timings for the full route, which are subject to race conditions and racing tactics, can be found at on the official Tour de Yorkshire site.