28 Abr Asda Tour de Yorkshire Preview (WE 1.1)
After hosting the historical “grandest” Grand Depart in the history of the Tour de France, Yorkshire became a known region for cycling. Nearly 5 million people lined in Great Britain streets to follow the first three stages of the Tour de France in 2014. Thus, A.S.O. and local authorities decided to keep momentum going and organised a new stage race named Tour de Yorkshire (including a one-day women’s race).
This will be the third edition of the Women’s Race Tour de Yorkshire and this year the race will be ranked under UCI 1.1 category. The women race will be the exactly the same course as the men’s second stage that will be held later that day, on a 122.5km route from Tadcaster to Harrogate.
Born and raised in Otley, current Commonwealth road race champion Lizzie Deignan is one of the main contenders that would compete in the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire for the first time with her Dutch registered team Boels-Dolmans (previously participated with the British team). But Lizzie is not alone in her home roads, several British riders top the contender lists for Tour de Yorkshire such as Alice Barnes (Drops), Hannah Barnes (Drops), Dani King (Cylance) or Lucy Garner (Wiggle-High5).
Saturday, 29 April 2017, local time from 9:20 until 12:30 approx (UTC+1)
Starting in Tadcaster and finishing in Harragate, organisers have prepared a more challenging race course compared to previous editions of the race. The international peloton will have to cover a 122.5-kilometre undulating race course featuring Côte de Lofthouse, with 60 kilometres to go, as the main difficulty of the race. Due to its undulating course (with a total ascent of 1,638m we expected a reduced group finale.
Favourites & Outsiders
Lizzie Deignan, Coryn Rivera, Lisa Brennauer, Ellen van Dijk
Chantal Blaak, Kirsten Wild, Giorgia Bronzini, Sarah Gillow, Alice Barnes
Sheyla Gutiérrez, Hannah Barnes, Dani King, Marta Bastianelli, Lucy Garner, Audrey Cordon
Our favourite: Lizzie Deignan
Our outsider: Dani King
Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will be our only Spanish representative at the 2017 edition of Asda Tour de Yorkshire.
Dutch rider Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products) won the previous edition of Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire. The Dutch rider was the fastest in the bunch sprint, finishing ahead of British Lucy Garner (Wiggle-High5) and Dutch rider Floortje Mackaij (Liv Plantur), who completed the podium, finishing second and third respectively.
How to follow the race
Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire will be TV streamed live from 9:00am – 12:45pm (UTC+1) in:
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:
A few Facebook accounts: