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Tour de Yorkshire 2018 route unveiled

Tour de Yorkshire 2018 route unveiled

Published at 7:42am 5th December 2017. (Updated at 4:17pm 18th April 2018)

The full route of the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 has been unveiled, with Ilkley hosting a stage finish.

Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Masham and Otley (twice!) will all be visited by the race over the four days.

Former World Champion Mark Cavendish is among the big names set to appear.

It will be the first time the Manxman, who rides for the Dimension Data team, will have appeared in the race.

The Stages in full:

Stage 1 Beverley to Doncaster

Stage 2 Barnsley to Ilkley

Harewood, Pool-in-Wharfedale and Otley all feature on the route

Stage 3 Richmond to Scarborough

This stage will pass through Thirsk

Stage 4 Halifax to Leeds

Stage visits Skipton, Threshfield, Masham, Pateley Bridge, Blubberhouses, Otley (again!) and Pool in Wharfedale.

Sir Gary Verity said: “It was a proud moment unveiling the full route today. We’ve worked hard to design a dramatic and varied parcours which takes in some of our county’s most spectacular terrain.

I’m sure the world’s best riders will relish the challenge it poses and we’ll be treated to a tremendous fourth edition.

“Last year’s race attracted 2.2 million spectators and generated £64 million for the local economy, and now that is has been extended from three to four days, the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire promises to be the biggest and best one yet.” 

Christian Prudhomme said: “Gary and his team have done a fantastic job and I am excited by what next year’s route has in store.

"I enjoy coming to Yorkshire and the county always puts on a tremendous show.

“Seeing the race finish on The Headrow in Leeds will be particularly special and bring back a lot of happy memories from when the Tour de France started there in 2014.

"I still regard that as one of our grandest Grand Départs and I’m sure we’ll be in for another memorable day.

"The way Yorkshire supports cycling is incredible and I look forward to seeing more bikes, banners and bunting in 2018.”

Julie Harrington, Chief Executive of British Cycling, said: “Next year’s Tour de Yorkshire is shaping up to be the best yet and British Cycling is proud to support Welcome to Yorkshire and ASO as they seek to inspire people across the county to get active by getting on their bikes.

“Britain’s appetite for seeing world-class cycle sport has never been healthier and the people of Yorkshire can make a strong claim to be among the country’s biggest bike lovers.”

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The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race will double in size from one day to two in 2018 and take place on 3-4 May.

It will once again offer one of the largest prize pots in the sport and a stellar cast of riders will be on hand to compete on Yorkshire roads.

The stages will start each morning and follow the last 132km and 121.5km respectively of the men’s stages which commence later each day.

Sir Gary Verity said: “We are proud of our commitment to promoting women’s cycling and are delighted to see the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race doubling in size in 2018.

Expanding the race to two days means we can offer our most varied route yet which will challenge the world’s best riders.

“Both stages will feature the same sprints and climbs as the men and the atmosphere on the Cow and Calf for the race’s culmination is sure to be electric.” 

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