Mark Cavendish to ride 2018 Tour de Yorkshire for the first time!
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Mark Cavendish to ride 2018 Tour de Yorkshire for the first time!



The British sprinter has finally revealed his plans for next year’s Tour de Yorkshire event. He has decided to become part of the tour for the first time.


Cavendish admitted to looking forward to racing in next season’s Tour de Yorkshire as race organizers finally revealed the official four-stage route.


Mark Cavendish, 32, was part of the race launch in Halifax on Tuesday. Even though he didn’t confirm his participation there, he admitted to be determined to become part of the tour’s short but glory history.


“I would have been here this year but I was at home watching with glandular fever. It was incredible to see our guys win on the final stage and Lizzie [Deignan] smash it in to Harrogate. I wanted to be there,” he said.


“Hopefully I don’t get glandular fever again and I’ll try to be on the start line in Yorkshire. I wouldn’t be here if I did not intend to race.”



An extended tour


The 2018 tour is set to start in Beverley in East Yorkshire, and send the riders to Doncaster, Scarborough and also Ilkley before the final stage, from Halifax to the heart of Leeds, comes.


Compared to this season’s tour, next year’s race has been extended from the three-day competition to a four-day one while the women’s one has become a two-day event from one-day in 2017.


“Getting the fourth day is a major thing for us. It gives it a balance for the men’s race with two flat stages and two stages for attackers. It allows us to attract different riders,” Gary Verity, head of the organizing committee, stated.



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