January 23, 2018

Mark Cavendish's heart set on riding in the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

06 December 2017, 08:31 | Joan Schultz

Tour de Yorkshire 2018: Mark Cavendish to compete in four-day race

2018 Tour de Yorkshire route announced

Year 7 students from Risedale Sports & Community College were invited to attend the official unveiling of the route for the Tour de Yorkshire.

Cavendish, whose main focus next summer will be his ongoing bid to overhaul Eddy Merck's record of 34 stage wins at the Tour de France (the Manxman now has 30), was present at Tuesday's route presentation.

It will be the first time the city's centre has been closed off for an worldwide race since the 2014 Tour de France.

"I would have been here this year but I was at home watching with glandular fever", the Manxman said, reflecting on a season which was ruined by injury and illness. "I wouldn't be here if I did not intend to race".

The race will come to the Yorkshire Coast for Stage Three of the tour, also taking in Filey for the first ever time.

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Yorkshire is due to host the 2019 World Road Championships, when Harrogate will serve as the main hub for race finishes.

The women's race doubles in length from one to two days for the 2018 edition and will take place on 3-4 May, over a similar route as the men but racing in the morning.

The 2018 edition will begin in Beverley in East Yorkshire, and take in Doncaster, Scarborough and Ilkley before the final stage from Halifax to the heart of Leeds, with the city centre to be closed off for the peloton's arrival.

Day one, on May 3, startes in Beverley and heads to Hornsea and through to Wolds to Pocklington before finishing in Doncaster.

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