Keep up to date with all of the latest info ahead of the race
WE’RE now pedalling quickly towards another Tour de Yorkshire, with the 2017 edition kicking off TODAY.
The UK race first took place in 2015 and is part of the UCI Europe Tour.
Last year, Frenchman Thomas Voeckler of Direct Energie took home the trophy, with Team Sky’s Norwegian racer Lars Petter Nordhaug winning the first ever edition.
Keep up to date with ALL the latest cycling news, gossip and rumours.
Find out all of the information about the race, below…
When is the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire?
The UK race based take place between Friday 28 and Sunday 30 April.
Getting underway at Bridlington Spa, the main event will see riders race for three separate stages across three days… tallying a 490km total.
There will also be a one-stage women’s race at 122.5km and a ‘Sportive’ charity race with three different lengths, depending how tough a challenge you crave.
What is the race route for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire?
Stage 1 – Bridlington to Scarborough: 173km
Stage 2 – Tadcaster to Harrogate: 122.5km
Stage 3 – Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield: 194.5km
Women’s race – Tadcaster to Harrogate: 122.5km
Sportive – Fox Valley to Fox Valley: 45km, 75km and 100km
Which teams are taking part in the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire?
A host of famous teams will be competing in the UK race, including Team Sky.
Elsewhere, BMC Racing Team, Team Katusha Alpecin and Orica-Scott will all also be on display.
Check out the full list below…
BMC Racing Team, Team Sky, Team Katusha-Alpecin, Orica-Scott, Team Sunweb, Dimension Data, Direct Energie, Team Lotto NL Jumbo, Team Cofidis, Delko-Marseille Provence KTM, Team Roompot, Aqua Blue Sport, BIKE Channel Canyon, ONE Pro Cycling, Great Britain Cycling Team, JLT Condor, Madison Genesis, Raleigh GAC.
Where is Team Wiggins? Why have they been snubbed?
You may have noticed on the list a certain Team Wiggins was not listed.
Race organisers said the event was oversubscribed and “unfortunately someone had to miss out”.
The team’s sports director Simon Cope said: “It’s very disappointing and it is very much a surprise.
A total of 49 teams applied for the 36 available slots – 18 in each of the the men’s and women’s races.
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