Tour de Yorkshire stage one preview

The 2019 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire kicks off in earnest tomorrow with some of best men’s and women’s cyclists in the world competing.

Among the names riding are four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, 30-time stage winner at the Tour de France Mark Cavendish and 2012 Olympic silver-medallist Lizzie Deignan.

The first stage takes place tomorrow with the grand depart taking place in Doncaster. The stage will finish in Selby after a 132km ride through South and East Yorkshire.

Spectators will get the chance to see the competitors cycle through Howden, Beverley, Pocklington, Cawood and many other towns and villages in the county. 

To find out if the route goes through where you live, visit the Tour de Yorkshire website here: letour.yorkshire.com

Other big names appearing the men’s competition include defending and two-time champion Greg van Arvemaet, who is joined by teammate and 2017 champion Serge Pauwels.

As well as Froome and Cavendish there is a strong British representation in the race, with British champion Connor Swift and Froome’s team mate, Ian Stannard, who are just some of the Brits competing in the race.

Even more locally three riders from Doncaster will be competing, Graham Briggs, Tom Stewart (who has competed in every Tour de Yorkshire since its inception in 2015) and teenager, Ben Turner.

The women’s competition meanwhile starts on Friday and includes two-time Olympic champion Marianne Voss and Gira Rosa winner Annemiek van Vleuten competing with Lizzie Deignan for the title.

With most of the climbs on the course being short and steep, the Tour will suit riders like van Avermaet who thrive in one-day races with similar terrain to the Tour de Yorkshire.

Live coverage of the competition will be broadcast on ITV, with highlights on at 8pm every evening of the race.

Tour de Yorkshire rider Lizzy Banks, who used to study medicine at The University of Sheffield, spoke to Jack Colwill about the race and her journey to make it as a professional cyclist. You can see that article here.