2018 Tour de Yorkshire routes unveiled

The organisers of the Tour of Yorkshire have unveiled the routes for the 2018 men’s and women’s races.

The four-day men’s race will be held between May 3-6, the same weekend as the start of the Giro d’Italia in Israel. The women’s Asda Tour de Yorkshire will be for two days, May 3-4. The stages include a 132.5km from Beverley to Doncaster and 124km from Barnsley to Ilkley.

The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race once again offer one of the largest prize pots in the sport and is expected to attract the leading women in the peloton.

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The fourth edition of the men’s Tour de Yorkshire race has expanded from three to four stages and again visits much of Yorkshire, with finishes in Doncaster, Ilkley, Scarborough and Leeds. Mark Cavendish attended the route presentation but it is unclear if he will ride the race.

The Tour de Yorkshire begins in the market town of Beverley and winds through the Yorkshire Worlds before finishing in Doncaster. The 182km stage has a flat finale 90km and so sets up a first sprint finish.

Stage 2 is over 149km from Barnsley to Ilkley and is the first summit finish of the race at the top of the steep Cow and Calf climb. It is 1.8km long at 8.2 per cent.

Stage 3 is over 184km from Richmond to Scarborough on the Yorkshire.

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