The full line-up for the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 has been announced! And we're gearing up for another year of incredible racing and excitable crowds.
"It’s a privilege to be supporting the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire race and helping to raise the profile of women’s sports"
Thousands of spectators are expected to line the route around the beautiful scenic county of Yorkshire for the three-day men's cycling event and one-day women's race which run between Friday 28 April and Sunday 30 April.
Asda are especially proud to be sponsoring the women's race for another year, following their involvement in the Tour de France in 2014.
Kristian Barrett, Senior Director for the Yorkshire Region said “It’s a privilege to be supporting the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire and helping to raise the profile of women’s sports. In 2014 Asda was the official partner of the Tour Makers for the Yorkshire Grand Départ, which was a resounding success.
We’re incredibly proud of our Yorkshire roots and wanted to remain part of this exciting legacy that works to bring communities together in celebration of an amazing sport set against the backdrop of an unbeatable county.”
Yorkshire is a county that is passionate about cycling - you only need to head out at the weekend in the Yorkshire countryside to see big groups of cyclists making the most of the beautiful scenery and challenging climbs.
So if you're Yorkshire-based and want to witness the event, make sure you head out early to secure a good viewing spot.
The courseThe full course, which covers 304 miles through Yorkshire’s beautiful scenery, has three stages.
Stage 1, which is 107.5 miles, starts in Bridlington and finishes in Scarborough, Stage 2 begins in Tadcaster and ends in Harrogate while Stage 3 commences in Bradford and ends 121 miles later at Fox Valley in Sheffield.
The women’s race takes place Saturday morning (April 29) and will see participants take on the 76 miles from Tadcaster to Harrogate in Stage 2.
The action commences on the newly-reopened Tadcaster Bridge and ventures into Knaresborough where the first intermediate sprint points are up for grabs. The sole categorised climb comes on the Côte de Lofthouse and then it’s on to Ripon for the second intermediate sprint. The race will skirt Fountains Abbey before a fast approach to Harrogate, and the action will reach its crescendo along Parliament Street, just as it did on the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France.
There are an impressive 18 teams racing in this year's women's race...
Row 1: Drops Cycling Team, Boels-Dolmans, Team Hitec Products, Team Sunweb
Row 2: Alé Cipollini Galassia, Canyon-SRAM, Cylance Pro Cycling, Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling
Row3: Bepink-Cogeas, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Team Ford EcoBoost, Team Jadan Weldtite
Row 4: Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling, Lares-Waowdeals, Fusion RT Fierlan, Team Storey Sport
Row 5: NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli, Team WNT
Men's line up
Row 1: BMC Racing Team, Team Sky, Team Katusha-Alpecin, Orica-Scott
Row 2: Team Sunweb, Dimension Data, Direct Energie, Team Lotto NL Jumbo
Row 3: Team Cofidis, Delko-Marseille Provence KTM, Team Roompot, Aqua Blue Sport
Row 4: BIKE Channel Canyon, ONE Pro Cycling, Great Britain Cycling Team, JLT Condor
Row 5: Madison Genesis, Raleigh GAC
All photographs courtesy of SWPix.com.