Cavendish confirmed for Tour de Yorkshire

Mark Cavendish intends to race 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

It is already known that joining Leeds as one of eight host towns for either stage starts or finishes is Barnsley, Doncaster, Beverley, Halifax, Ilkley, Richmond and
Scarborough.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity said: "It was a proud moment unveiling the full route today".

The 2018 Tour de Yorkshire will not be visiting Bridlington, but cycling enthusiasts will not have far to travel to catch a glimpse of the star names.

Attending the launch of the 2018 race in Halifax, Cavendish said that he had been inspired by he performances of his team-mates in the 2017 event - won by Belgian rider Serge Pauwels - and fully meant to race in 2018.

The race will finish outside the art gallery, where the Tour de France began in 2014.

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Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) will reveal more details today of the newly expanded four-day men's race which will take place between 3-6 May. The stages will follow the last 132km and 121.5km respectively of the men's stages which commence later on those days. That was makes Yorkshire so great, the diversity of the terrain.

It is hoped the cycle race route will also pass through other towns and villages in the district.

Other cycling stars at the announcement included former Tour de France yellow jersey and tage victor David Millar, Brian Robinson, the first British rider to win at stage of the Tour de France and Leeds' Scott Thwaites, who made his Tour de France debut this year.

The Tour de Yorkshire is likely to be a part of Cavendish's preparation for the 2018 Tour de France, with the 32-year-old likely to follow this home race with the Tour of California and the Tour de Suisse, if he follows the same pattern as in previous years. Each year this exciting sporting event gets bigger and better and helps to put our region firmly on the map, both nationally and internationally.

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