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by Shane Stokes
December 6, 2017
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Upgrading from three stages to four, the route of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire was confirmed by organisers ASO on Tuesday and will see the race take in 169 villages, towns and cities between the start and finish.
The race begins on May 3 with an undulating 182 kilometre race from Beverley to Doncaster. Stage two covers 149 kilometres from Barnsley to Ilkley and, after classified climbs at Blacker Hill and Côte de Old Pool Bank, will feature the race’s first-ever summit finish on the Cow and Calf.
Stage three includes climbs at Sutton Bank and the Côte de Silpho, but the 184 kilometre race from Richmond to Scarborough could well finish in a bunch sprint at North Bay. The final stage is five kilometres longer, runs from Halifax to Leeds and seems set for a big showdown. It includes six categorised climbs, including the Côte de Black Hill Road close to the finish.
“It was a proud moment unveiling the full route today,” said race director Gary Verity. “We’ve worked hard to design a dramatic and varied parcours which takes in some of our county’s most spectacular terrain. I’m sure the world’s best riders will relish the challenge it poses and we’ll be treated to a tremendous fourth edition. Last year’s race attracted 2.2 million spectators and now that is has been extended from three to four days, the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire promises to be the biggest and best one yet.”
Also expanding is the Asda Tour de Yorkshire, which will go from one to two days next season. Taking place on May 3 and 4, stage one follows the final 132 kilometres of the men’s race to Doncaster. Stage two covers the final 121.5 kilometres of the men’s race to the top of the Cow and Calf, thus ending the event with a summit finish.