Earlier today, Tour de Yorkshire organizers finally unveiled the women’s and men’s races’ routes for the 2018 season.
According to the official announcement, the four-day men’s competition is set to be held in May 3 until May 6, on the same week the Giro d’Italia begins in Israel.
As for the women’s race, the Asda Tour de Yorkshire, it will be held between May 3 and 4, extending the race in two days for the first time. The Asda Tour de Yorkshire is considered to be one of the races with the largest and most important prize pots in the cycling world and that is why, next year, the two-day event is expected to welcome the best women cyclists in the peloton.
Just like the women’s race, the men’s race it’s been also extended from three to four stages. The routes once again cover most of Yorkshire with finishes in Ilkley, Doncaster and Leeds.
The biggest and best Tour de Yorkshire yet
“It was a proud moment unveiling the full route today. 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,” Gary Verity said.
“Last year’s race attracted 2.2 million spectators and generated £64 million for the local economy, 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.”
When asked about the women’s race, he stated: “We are proud of our commitment to promoting women’s cycling. We’re delighted to see the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race doubling in size in 2018,” he said.
“Expanding the race to two days means we can offer our most varied route yet. It will challenge the world’s best riders. Both stages will feature the same sprints and climbs as the men and the atmosphere on the Cow and Calf for the race’s culmination is sure to be electric.”