By Harry McCormack
Tour de Yorkshire will be taking place during Thursday 3rd May until Sunday 6th May. There will be four stages of the Men’s Races, while there will be two stages of the Women’s Races. The Maserati stages will take place on Sunday which consists of: short, medium and long routes.
Unfortunately York will not be part of the races throughout the period, but for keen fans of the racing event will be able to make the short distance to Leeds as Sunday will be packed full of races throughout the day.
Harry Tanfield made history during the Men’s first stage on Thursday by becoming the First UK and first Yorkshire rider to win a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire and leads the general classification by three seconds going into today’s races.
Mark Cavendish’s return from injury with a fractured rib was set to be the dream comeback, but it was left ruined as Tanfield took the victory in Doncaster. Despite not wining he was still in high spirits, after the race he said: ‘I saw that the race was starting on a Thursday and I didn’t expect there to be any crowds, but then I remembered, we’re in Yorkshire!’
The largest ever caravan and ambassador tour will also be held during the event, as some of the country’s best loved brands will be travelling behind the women’s races and ahead of the men’s races. This years record of 30 caravans is an astonishing 13 more than last years event that had 17 caravans. Fans will also have the chance to meet some of their hero’s from the Tour de France.
Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said: “The publicity caravan is always a fun and lighthearted way to get roadside spectators excited before the riders pass, and this year’s procession is by far the largest we have ever assembled.”
Those who can’t make the event will be able to watch the entire event live on ITV4, with daily highlights throughout the event.
Fans have shared their enthusiasm for the event on Twitter.
— Nicola Rees (@Nicola_Rees) May 4, 2018
— Housing Leeds (@HousingLeeds) May 4, 2018
— Angela Hennessy (@anghenn) May 4, 2018
Highlights of Stage 1.