This year marks the fourth edition of the Tour de Yorkshire, one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the cycling calendar, with fans travelling from near and far to experience what Yorkshire has to offer. What’s more, 2018 sees the event extended from three to four days, adding an extra opportunity for the peloton to explore Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside during the UCI 2.1 event.
ONE PRO Cycling have participated in the Tour de Yorkshire since it’s inception in 2015 and once again the team will be looking forward to lining up for a long weekend of thrilling racing, stunning scenery and spectacular crowds.
Karol Domagalski, (POL)
Following his solo win at the Chorley GP, alongside podiums in UCI events, Circuit des Ardennes and the Rutland CiCLE Classic, the Polish rider is in fine form going into the race.
Tom Baylis, (GBR)
The young Brit put in a solid performance in the Chorley GP and is looking forward to his first appearance at the Tour de Yorkshire.
Emils Liepins, (LAT)
Latvian Sprinter, Emils Liepins will also make his debut appearance at the event but off the back of two UCI victories earlier in the season. Liepins like many of the ONE PRO squad will be looking to make his mark on the race.
Hayden McCormick, (NZL)
Following his 5th place at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, the Kiwi rouleur will be looking forward forward to leading the team on his second showing at the Tour De Yorkshire.
James Oram, (NZL)
It has been a good start to the season for Oram with strong showings in Coppi e Bartali and the Commonwealth Games. With plenty of Yorkshire’s toughest and most iconic climbs included in the 2018 edition, Oram will be aiming for selection during the hillier stages of the race.
Jacob Scott, (GBR)
The Yorkshireman became a household name following his stand out performance at the Tour of Britain in 2017. Scott will be looking to get himself up the road and make his mark on the Tour de Yorkshire in front of a home.
Peter Williams, (GBR)
The only member of ONE PRO Cycling to have raced all four editions of the Tour de Yorkshire, breakaway specialist and Yorkshire resident Pete Williams will be once again be looking to make a name for himself – with the added incentive that this years edition runs right past his front door.
- Karol Domagalski, (POL)
- Tom Baylis, (GBR)
- Emils Liepins, (LAT)
- Hayden McCormick, (NZL)
- James Oram, (NZL)
- Jacob Scott, (GBR)
- Pete Williams, (GBR)
Commenting on the selection Team Principal, Matt Winston was upbeat about the major race, “It’s fantastic to return to the Tour de Yorkshire. Having attended all four editions we are in for another exciting race. No stage in Yorkshire has ever panned out the same so it keeps teams and viewers on their toes. We have a strong dynamic team that will be looking to hunt out the breakaways but also to set up team sprinter Emils Liepins if the opportunity arises.
I think it’s important to highlight that Tom Baylis is in this years Tour de Yorkshire squad, it’s Tom’s first major event with the team so it’s great to see him there after three strong years of development with ONE PRO Cycling. I know i’m not the only one looking forward to seeing what he can achieve.”
Commenting on what he forecasts to be an exciting and eye opening race, Tom Baylis said, “My three years with ONE PRO Cycling have allowed me test the waters in a handful of premier races but the Tour de Yorkshire will definitely be my biggest race so far, not least because it’s in the UK, where my family and friends will be watching on the roadside and supporting the team. Through the guidance of our Team Principal Matt Winston and the boys in the squad, I’m going from strength to strength and I hope that this years edition of the race will allow me to showcase those improvements.”
- Start: Beverly to Doncaster
- Start Time: 1.50pm
- Distance: 182km
- KOMs: 89.5km Cote De Baggaby Hill
- Sprints: 92.5km Pocklington, 125.5km Howden
- Finish Time: 6.20pm
Matt Winston’s thoughts: “An interesting opening stage, the race will settle down in the first 40km whilst a break slips away. There is only one KOM and it shouldn’t really cause too many problems for the peloton. However the run in from Seaton Ross towards Doncaster could be really interesting as there are some very exposed sections and if it’s windy, teams will need to be on their toes in case of echelons forming. My prediction is a bunch sprint in Doncaster.”
- Start: Barnsley to Ilkley
- Start Time: 2.20pm
- Distance: 149km
- KOMs: 29km Cote De Blacker Hill, 131.5km Cote de Old Pool Bank
- Sprints: 41.5km Swinton, 104km Scholes
- Finish Time: 6.00pm
Matt Winston’s thoughts: “The very first Hill top finish in the Tour de Yorkshire will really provide a spectacle for viewers. However I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bit of a selection made on Old Pool Bank 15km before the climb, where the GC favourites will be looking to position themselves on the narrow roads as they race towards Ilkley. A 2km climb will give the GC a real shake up and I think we could see a real fight to get in the breakaway in the early kilometres of this stage, especially with the short nature.
- Start: Richmond to Scarborough
- Start Time: 1.10pm
- Distance: 181km
- KOMs: 66.5km Cote De Sutton Bank, 129.5km Cote de Silpho
- Sprints: 38km Morton On Swale, 99.5km Pickering
- Finish Time: 5.30pm
Matt Winston’s Thoughts: Scarborough is always a tricky finish with lots of little kickers on the run in to the town, however I think we will once again see a bunch sprint. I fully expect the peloton to be under pressure up the brutal Sutton Bank and the climb in Silpho, which isn’t an easy ascent by any means. Any breakaway escaping over Silpho could fancy their chances on the run in to the line. It’s probably one of the easier Scarborough finishes we have seen over the last few years, so I would expect the sprinters teams to control it for the big wide sprint on the promenade.
- Start: Halifax to Leeds
- Start Time: 12.10pm
- Distance: 189.5km
- KOMs: 16km Cote De Hebden Bridge, 31km Cote de Goose Eye, 47km Cote de Barden Moor, 77km Cote de Park Rash, 138km Cote de Greenhow Hill, 164.5km Cote de Otley Chevin
- Sprints: 67.5km Kilnsey, 173km Arthington
- Finish Time: 5.00pm
Matt Winston’s thoughts: The final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire is always a brutal affair and this year is no different in the slightest. With 6 KOM’s and many unclassified climbs I think we will see the GC favourites battling it out as they head towards Leeds. I think an early break will develop and be allowed a good few minutes, before control is taken at the front. There could be some tired legs by the time we get to Park Rash and that is where we could see splits beginning to happen. After that, every little climb will put pressure on the peloton until the elastic snaps on the 3km climb up Greenhow Hill, where the fireworks will probably continue for the next 50km.
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