London - Serge Pauwels won the Tour of Yorkshire after hanging on to win
Sunday's final stage for the first title success of his career with
police estimating a million fans turned up to watch.
riding for Team Dimension Data, attacked on the second of four climbs
late in the 194.5km stage from Bradford to the Fox Valley, near
He built a lead of more than 30 seconds and that
advantage proved decisive as the chasing pack started to close on the
By the time he crossed the line Pauwels' lead had
been reduced to nine seconds, with his team-mate Omar Fraile coming in
"It feels a bit strange," Pauwels said after standing on
the podium in front of a large crowd at the finish. "It is the first
time I have had my hands in the air.
"But I think people would not really be surprised that I take a win because I have been quite close.
year I was second, third, fourth, everything except a win, and now I
get two wins at the same time which makes it more special."
estimated Sunday's crowd alone at one million fans, taking the total
for the weekend to 2.2 million, an impressively high figure for the
"I've ridden all around the world," Pauwels said.
"If I would make a top three of the most amazing crowds, of course you
have the Belgian Classics, the Basque people who are amazing, but I
think the people here in Yorkshire for sure are also top three.
"They are very enthusiastic and the roads are full. It's incredible, something you almost never see anywhere else."