Lizzie Deignan, photo courtesy of Welcome to
The Tour de Yorkshire 2018 is four days, from 3rd
to 6th May 2018. See route guides to the stages.
Tour de Yorkshire 2018: news
Star rider Anna van der Breggen to participate in women's Tour de Yorkshire 2018
23rd April 2018
Anna van der Breggen, by SWPix
The world's number one rider, Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans), today announced her participation in the Tour de Yorkshire 2018. She will be looking to add victory in the 2-day event to her wins in this season's Tour of Flanders, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Flèche Wallonne, and Strade Bianche. Van der Breggen's team mate Chantal Blaak (2018 Amstel Gold Race winner) is also racing in Yorkshire.
Other participants in the women's race include 2016 winner Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5), Katie Archibald (Wiggle High5), Ellen van Dijkk (Sunweb), Chloe Hosking (Alé-Cipollini), and Dani Rowe (Great Britain National Team).
Cavendish & van Avermaet confirmed for Tour de Yorkshire 2018
23rd April 2018
Greg van Avermaet on the Olympic podium, by SWPix
BMC rider Greg van Avermaet is to take part in the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire. The reigning Olympic champion confirmed his participation on Friday 20th April.
Sir Gary Verity said of the Belgian: 'He is one of the most exciting, classy and respected riders in the sport, and will no doubt animate the four days of racing. The final stage should certainly suit him, and I look forward to seeing him in action. The word has definitely got around the peloton that the Tour de Yorkshire offers huge crowds and exciting racing, and having riders of Greg's calibre in attendance will be a huge draw to the millions of spectators we're expecting to line the race route.'
The announcement came two days after news that Mark Cavendish has recovered sufficiently from a crash at Milan - San Remo, to be able to ride the Tour de Yorkshire.
The men's Tour will feature six UCI World Tour teams - Astana, BMC, Dimension Data, Katusha Alpecin, Sky, and Sunweb. Among the seven Pro Continental teams are Aqua Blue, Cofidis, and Direct Energie, and the six UCI Continental teams include JLT Condor, Madison Genesis, and One Pro Cycling.
Twenty teams are taking part in the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women's Race, including Boels Dolmans, Canyon Sram, Movistar, Team GB, Sunweb, and Wiggle High5.
Black Sheep is Tour de Yorkshire 2018 Official Brewer
8th March 2018
Black Sheep has been announced as the Official Brewer of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.
The Masham brewer will be hosting a Black Sheep Straight in the town on Sunday 6th May, when Stage 4 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire comes through. It's to be on Thorpe Road, on the way out of Masham to the south, and spectators will be able to gather there to watch the riders come past. The first rider through will win his height in Black Sheep beer.
Tour de Yorkshire 2018 best dressed awards
3rd March 2018
The organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 are holding a 'best dressed' competition. There are four categories:
best dressed village
best dressed town
best dressed host location
spirit of le Tour
Towns and villages wishing to enter the competition should complete an online form, describing what they are planning, and submitting photos. TV producers will be alerted, so that the towns' and villages' efforts can feature in the small screen coverage of the race. The 'spirit of le Tour' award is for an individual, community, or business which has gone above and beyond what might be expected in embracing the Tour de Yorkshire.
At the end of the race, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Post will shortlist the best four from each category, and the winner will be decided by a public vote on Twitter.
The route of the Tour de Yorkshire 2018
(3rd to 6th May 2018), was announced at the
Piece Hall in Halifax by Sir Gary Verity on
5th December 2017. Mark Cavendish was among
those in attendance. Read about the
announcement of the four
stages of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.
Crowds watching the Tour de Yorkshire, by
Sir Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire
today announced the eight start and finish
towns for the Tour de Yorkshire 2018. They
include Ilkley, Barnsley, and Beverley. The
route will be announced in December.
Stage 1 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire is 182km from Beverley to Doncaster. There's a 16km loop via Hornsea at the start, with the riders coming back to Beverley, then heading for the Yorkshire Wolds. The intermediate sprints are at Pocklington and Howden, and the stage is likely to end in a bunch sprint in Doncaster.
Stage 2 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire is 149km from Barnsley to Ilkley. The first categorised climb is at Blacker Hill, and the first intermediate sprint is at Swinton. The riders pass Conisbrough, with its historic castle, and go through what were traditionally coal-mining areas around Pontefract and Castleford. The second sprint is at Scholes, then the route continues to Harewood. There's a climb of Old Pool Bank, then it's on to Otley and Ilkley. The exciting finale to the stage is a summit finish at the Cow & Calf above Ilkley.
The women's Stage 2 follows the same route, but misses out a loop at the start. It's 124km, and ends with the same climb to the Cow & Calf.
Stage 3 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire is 184km from Richmond to Scarborough. The riders follow part of the route of the Wensleydale railway early on, riding through Leyburn and Bedale. The first intermediate sprint is at Morton-on-Swale. There are visits to Northallerton and Thirsk before the riders tackle the first climb of the stage, the Côte de Sutton Bank. Then they're in the beautiful North York Moors, and Helmsley is on the route, before the second intermediate sprint at Pickering.
The second categorised climb, the Côte de Silpho, is just after the Forge Valley Woods Nature Reserve, on the approach to Scarborough for the first time. The riders must head down the coast to Filey, then come back to Scarborough again for the traditional finish at Scarborough North Bay.
Stage 4 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire is 189.5km from Halifax to Leeds. It packs in an awful lot of Yorkshire, and should be a cracker of a stage. Most likely it will determine the overall winner of the race.
The early part of the route takes in Haworth and Hebden Bridge (echoes of Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France). It goes via Skipton into the Yorkshire Dales, with an intermediate sprint at Kilnsey Crag, then a route via Kettlewell and Coverdale. Emerging at Middleham, Stage 4 now retraces some of the route of Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France, through East Witton, Jervaulx, and Masham.
Next, it's on to Grewelthorpe, Kirkby Malzeard, and Pateley Bridge, before a climb of Greenhow Hill. From there, the riders head to Otley, climb Otley Chevin, descend to Pool-in-Wharfedale, and contest an intermediate sprint at Arthington.
The final run-in to Leeds is via Adel, Kirkstall, and Armley, then the finish line is on the Headrow in the city centre.
The first details about the 2019 UCI World Championship in
are emerging. All the races will finish in Harrogate, with starts in
different places in Yorkshire. The Tour de Yorkshire editions between
now and 2019 will be dress rehearsals for the World Championships.
Scarborough is likely to feature heavily in the Tour de Yorkshire and
the 2019 event.