Tour de Yorkshire 2018 2.1 - 3rd of May - 6th of May

Well, it's nice to see the signs around locally for the 4th edition of the Tour de Yorkshire. It's even nicer to have the terrible roads filled in and sorted.

Stage 1 - Beverley to Doncaster. Should be a nailed on sprinters stage. Flat and pretty boring!


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Stage 2 - Barnsley to Ilkley. Some interesting lumps in this one. GvA FTW? Will be nice to see some attacks on Old Pool Bank with a descent into Otley, then back roads of Otley to ilkley riders could easily stay away. I was on Old Pool bank the other day and saw JTL on it.

In terms of the Women, I would love to see Hannah Barnes have a go on this one, IIRC It's her birthday too!


Stage 3 - Richmond to Scarbrough. This should be another sprinters stage? Although it gets windy near the coast. Sutton Bank is a beast but it's early enough not to cause too many issues.



Stage 4 - Halifax to Leeds. A real brute. This is going to hurt. Climbs like Park Rash certainly tickle that's for sure. Then over the top the moors are exposed. If the wind is what its like been last few days that could hurt too. I should think someone like GvA or Pauwels to be in for this one.



Now I've never started a race thread and I certainly don't have the knowledge some have on here so apologies if it's not upto the normal standards!

I am looking forward to seeing the Yorkshire contingent having a go. Pete Williams in the break and always giving it some and never failing to stick it to the WT riders. I expect to see him going for the break on Stage 4 for deffo. On his local training roads.

I am also expecially interested how Tom Pidcock does. He has just won the Klondike race in Cleaveland. Out sprinting another local Tom Moses. Another lumpy race so he's clearly on form. Well both are.

Startlist Men (Provisional)
Dimension Data
.. CAVENDISH Mark
.. DAVIES Scott
.. DLAMINI Nickolas
.. PAUWELS Serge
.. RENSHAW Mark
.. THOMSON Jay Robert
Aqua Blue Sport
.. ARCHBOLD Shane
.. BLYTHE Adam
.. CHRISTIAN Mark
.. DENIFL Stefan
.. DUNBAR Edward
.. PEARSON Daniel
.. WARBASSE Larry
BMC Racing Team
.. BEVIN Patrick
.. BOOKWALTER Brent
.. BOHLI Tom
.. VAN AVERMAET Greg
.. VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
.. WYSS Danilo
Team Sky
.. BASSO Leonardo
.. DIBBEN Jonathan
.. DOULL Owain
.. HALVORSEN Kristoffer
.. LAWLESS Christopher
.. STANNARD Ian
.. VAN BAARLE Dylan
Team Katusha - Alpecin
.. BIERMANS Jenthe
.. CRAS Steff
.. HALLER Marco
.. HOLLENSTEIN Reto
.. KIŠERLOVSKI Robert
.. MACHADO Tiago
.. MATHIS Marco
Astana Pro Team
.. CORT NIELSEN Magnus
.. DE VREESE Laurens
.. MOSER Moreno
.. GIDICH Yevgeniy
.. KORSAETH Truls
.. MINALI Riccardo
.. ZAKHAROV Artyom
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
.. BONNAFOND Guillaume
.. CHETOUT Loïc
.. GODON Dorian
.. LE TURNIER Mathias
.. MATÉ Luis Ángel
.. PEREZ Anthony
.. ROSSETTO Stephane
Direct Energie
.. CHAVANEL Sylvain
.. CORNU Jeremy
.. HIVERT Jonathan
.. JOURNIAUX Axel
.. NAULEAU Bryan
.. QUEMENEUR Perrig
.. TULIK Angelo
Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
.. BUDDING Martijn
.. DE GREEF Robbert
.. LIGTHART Pim
.. VAN DER LIJKE Nick
.. VAN EMPEL Etienne
.. WEENING Pieter
.. WIPPERT Wouter
Euskadi - Murias
.. ABERASTURI Jon
.. BAGÜES Aritz
.. BARTHE Cyril
.. BRAVO Garikoitz
.. IRIZAR Julen
.. PRADES Eduard
.. SAEZ Héctor
Rally Cycling
.. ANTHONY Jesse
.. DAL-CIN Matteo
.. ELLSAY Nigel
.. MAGNER Ty
.. MURPHY Kyle
.. ORONTE Emerson
.. YOUNG Eric
Vital Concept Cycling Club
.. COQUARD Bryan
.. CORBEL Erwann
.. COURTEILLE Arnaud
.. LAMMERTINK Steven
.. PACHER Quentin
.. RÉZA Kévin
.. VAN GENECHTEN Jonas
Canyon Eisberg
.. GARDIAS Dexter
.. LOWSLEY WILLIAMS James
.. OPIE Chris
.. PATON Alex
.. STEDMAN Maximilian
.. TANFIELD Harry
.. TOWNSEND Rory
Holdsworth Pro Racing
.. DOWNING Russell
.. LIZDE Seid
.. MAZZONE Tom
.. MCKENNA Sean
.. THURAU Bjorn
.. WOMERSLEY Jake
JLT Condor
.. BIBBY Ian
.. BRADBURY Edmund
.. GULLEN James
.. MCCARTHY Robert-jon
.. MOSES Thomas
.. SLATER Alistair
.. STEWART Thomas
.. WOOD Oliver
Madison Genesis
.. CUMING Michael
.. HANDLEY Richard
.. HOLMES Matthew
.. HORTON Tobyn
.. MCEVOY Jonathan
.. PYM George
.. ROWSELL Erick
.. SWIFT Connor
One Pro Cycling
.. BAYLIS Tom
.. DOMAGALSKI Karol
.. LIEPINS Emils
.. MCCORMICK Hayden
.. ORAM James
.. SCOTT Jacob
.. WILLIAMS Peter
Vitus Pro Cycling
.. AMORES Julio Alberto
.. HUNT Joshua
.. JONES Harrison
.. KANEPEJS Deins
.. KENWAY Adam
.. TORRIE Timothy
.. WALSH Ben
Great Britain
.. CULLAIGH Gabriel
.. HARTLEY Adam
.. PIDCOCK Thomas
.. SHAW James
.. STEWART Jake
.. SWIFT Ben
.. WRIGHT Alfred
Team Sunweb
.. BAUHAUS Phil
.. FRÖHLINGER Johannes
.. HINDLEY Jai
.. STAMSNIJDER Tom
.. STORER Michael
.. TEUNISSEN Mike
.. WALSCHEID Max


Women (Provisional)
SANTESTEBAN Ane
.. HAGIWARA Mayuko
.. ENSING Janneke
.. KNETEMANN Roxane
.. VEKEMANS Anisha
.. BASTIANELLI Marta
Bepink
.. BORGHESI Letizia
.. MAGNALDI Erica
.. PATTARO Francesca
.. RAGUSA Katia
.. SPEROTTO Maria Vittoria
.. VALSECCHI Silvia
Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team
.. BLAAK Chantal
.. CANUEL Karol-ann
.. DIDERIKSEN Amalie
.. GUARNIER Megan
.. PLICHTA Anna
.. VAN DEN BOS Jip
Boompods EDCo
.. AEBERSOLD Niki
.. BATEY Jenn
.. JARY Rachel
.. LARBALESTIER Hannah
.. MCDERMOTT Ellen
.. WALKER Sarah
.. WALSH Rosie
Canyon SRAM Racing
.. AMIALIUSIK Alena
.. BARNES Alice
.. BARNES Hannah
.. CECCHINI Elena
.. CROMWELL Tiffany
.. RYAN Alexis
Doltcini - Van Eyck Sport
.. DE VUYST Sofie
.. DOCX Mieke
.. DRUYTS Demmy
.. JEULAND-TRANCHANT Pascale
.. SICOT Marion
.. VAN HOEK Lotte
Experza-Footlogix
.. BEX Nathalie
.. DE JONG Thalita
.. ERAUD Séverine
.. MUSTONEN Sara
.. RIJKES Sarah
.. SKALNIAK Agnieszka
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
.. BRAVARD Charlotte
.. GILLOW Shara
.. GUILMAN Victorie
.. MUZIC Évita
.. SLIK Rozanne
.. TENNIGLO Moniek
Great Britain
.. BARKER Megan
.. DENTUS Abigail
.. RAYBOULD Rebecca
.. ROBERTS Jessica
.. ROWE Danielle
.. WADSWORTH Emily
Hitec Products
.. ANDERSEN Susanne
.. GASKJENN Ingvild
.. GUDERZO Tatiana
.. GULLIKSEN Line Marie
.. LORVIK Ingrid
.. MOE Ingrid
NJC-Biemme-Echelon
.. COLDWELL Lucy
.. GAMMONS Madeleine
.. JUNIPER Nicola
.. POWELL Jennifer
.. SHAW Gabriella
.. TINDLEY Jo
Parkhotel Valkenburg Cycling Team
.. DE RUITER Anne
.. HOEKSMA Ilona
.. STOUGJE Chanella
.. UITERWIJK WINKEL Meike
.. VAN GOGH Natalie
.. WIEBES Lorena
Storey Racing
.. CRUMPTON Bethany
.. DURRELL Rebecca
.. EVANS Neah
.. HARRIS Elizabeth-Jane
.. LOWDEN Joscelin
.. MASON Chanel
Team Jadan-Weldtite
.. BENNETT Elizabeth
.. BULLARD Georgia
.. DOCHERTY Anna
.. FISHER Annabel
.. MURPHY Lauren
.. GEORGI Pfeiffer
Team OnForm
.. DIXON Leah
.. FINNEY Jessica
.. HENDERSON Anna
.. PORTER Charmaine
.. SARGENT Gemma
.. SPEAKE Alicia
Team Sunweb
.. KIRCHMANN Leah
.. LABOUS Juliette
.. LIPPERT Liane
.. MACKAIJ Floortje
.. SOEK Julia
.. VAN DIJK Ellen
Torelli-Kuota-Brother
.. BAGGS Chloe
.. GEORGE Jennifer
.. MASSEY Laura
.. SHARPE Alice
.. THACKRAY Sophie
.. WRIGHT Sophie
Trek - Drops
.. BUURMAN Eva
.. LLOYD Manon
.. PARKINSON Abby-mae
.. PAYTON Hannah
.. SHAW Lucy
.. SIMPSON Annabel
Wiggle High5
.. ARCHIBALD Katie
.. BARBIERI Rachele
.. BRENNAUER Lisa
.. CORDON-RAGOT Audrey
.. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
.. WILD Kirsten
WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling
.. BADEGRUBER Anna
.. GRINCZER Natalie
.. LOWTHER Melissa
.. ROE Eileen
.. SIMMONDS Hayley
.. TEUTENBERG Lea Lin
 
Sadly after a some poor weather over the past week with plenty of wind and rain it looks like the UK will be warm and sunny later this week. Hopefully the wind blows on the Scarbrough stage and across the moors on stage 4.
 
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Dazed and Confused said:
On paper a very good route.
Hopefully Coquard can pick up a stage win here.
He definitely needs to prove that he still has it at some point. But he's facing some decent opposition in Bauhaus/Walscheid, Cav, Halvorsen and Minali. Is the stage 2 final ramp too long for Coquard?

And I'll echo fauniera and say good OP!
 
For the women on Ilkley Bank, looking at that Canyon lineup I'd say it's not too likely Hannah will be the team's preferred option there. The finish seems more puncheuse-oriented, 1800m at 8,2% is a bit too long for her as an actual finishing ramp I would have thought. If it was on a circuit with a run-in after that climb she'd be better suited to it, but I'd think Cecchini or Amialiusik would be more likely shouts for the team. Cecchini won the Italian nationals on Supergà but has had a quiet year, Alena has had a very strong year so far. Ryan was 5th in Amstel Gold and looked good in the break, but I think Barnes can more or less match her but pull rank on home roads/birthday count :p (Ryan is on very good form but Barnes is better rested). Cromwell is a question mark, she can compete over most terrains, but she's had a very strange calendar this year, as well. The first stage ought to be much more to Hannah's liking.

Wiggle are clearly trying to build up their season and I think they could feasibly win both stages with Kirsten Wild of course a previous winner in the one-day version of this race, and Elisa Longo Borghini one of the best climbers present, but I just have a hunch the Ilkley stage could be for Janneke Ensing, especially if a specialist sprinter wins stage 1 and not somebody who has some versatility and might fancy their chances of staying in contention on Ilkley Bank, such as one of Sunweb's team (most likely van Dijk on form, but Kirchmann is the best puncheuse of their team I think) or Chantal Blaak (I don't think Guarnier is as likely to contest a flat sprint, and Dideriksen is less likely to fancy her own chances in a hillclimb). The difficulty for Janneke could be if Marta wins stage 1, because then Alé will be charged with péloton-pacing duties. I will be interested to see how Katie Archibald fares too, she looked very strong in the Women's Tour last year, and after her track commitments hasn't done much on the road for Wiggle yet.

As for the men, it's good that we have a really nice final stage again, like last year into Sheffield, there's really the scope to make a real Classics man's stage race par excellence in Yorkshire, with a coastal windy stage, a stage of cobbled madness near Halifax and Keighley, and some Ardennes-tastic beasts around both the Leeds-Sheffield axis and the North York Moors (though clearly the likes of Sutton Bank are too far from the finish to be of much importance here). And to be fair, while a couple of stage designs don't inspire great confidence, the racing has typically been very good here which has compensated for that, so I'm going in with relative optimism.
 
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Netserk said:
https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/article/20170628-road-Yorkshire-host-towns-revealed-for-2019-UCI-Road-World-Championships-0

"Harrogate has been named as the main competition town and finish location for each race."
Thanks for the link. I didn’t realize Yorkshire was that large, I thought it was a city.
 
MartinGT said:
Stage 2 - Barnsley to Ilkley. Some interesting lumps in this one. GvA FTW? Will be nice to see some attacks on Old Pool Bank with a descent into Otley, then back roads of Otley to ilkley riders could easily stay away. I was on Old Pool bank the other day and saw JTL on it.
JLT condor or Jonathan Tiernan-Locke?
 
Thanks to the OP. Good job.
Stage 4 is a corker. I can't decide whether to head down to the wonderful Piece Hall (surely ASO will realise the potential for this as a finishing location for a Yorkshire Cobbled Classic ... like the Strade Bianche finish into Siena) ... or to head out for a climb. Goose Eye or Park Rash (which is brutal in a car). For those that have facebook, Thomas Pidcock has given it the once over .... poor lad. https://www.facebook.com/LeTourYorkshire/videos/1795929720469981/
 
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sprints n stones said:
ferryman said:
Thanks Martin. Looking forward to the race. Any idea of the t/v coverage?
Its on ITV4 and Eurosport 2. Live and highlights. May 3rd, Womens starts Live ITV4 8.30am-13.00.Mens Live 13.45-18.45.
Just checked rest of first day and Eurosport 2 should be Live 16.00-18.30, their highlights 19.00-21.30 and ITV4 highlights 20.00-21.00. Rest of days ITV4 has the most live coverage every day.
 
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Durden93 said:
Netserk said:
https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/article/20170628-road-Yorkshire-host-towns-revealed-for-2019-UCI-Road-World-Championships-0

"Harrogate has been named as the main competition town and finish location for each race."
Thanks for the link. I didn’t realize Yorkshire was that large, I thought it was a city.
Largest county in the UK

Also Delhi, apologies I meant JLT :lol:
 

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