Tour of Yorkshire 2017

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

So the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire route is out and it is an absolute corker of a race! Seeing as though the race will go through my hometown and also, my university city! I'm @TimBonvilleGinn to take you through the stages!

So first of all lets look at the whole route... most of Yorkshire is covered this time and they're look like excellent stages!

Here is the profile of stage one! Tricky but we should see a sprint but we could see someone breaking away on the final climb/plateau

Now stage 2 is set on as being a sprinters day! Any sprinters wanting to do the Giro will most likely want to do this race, so it should be well fought! With only one climb it shouldn't be a problem, there will be a kick near the end though, maybe tougher than I thought at first glance

Right, I've been hoping to see this for a while, I can go into great depth with a climb in the middle of this stage, as I've ridden it many times in my cycling life! SHIBDEN WALL!! But also I know the finish round Sheffield vaguely so let's have a look at the stage which "could cause carnage"

Just a little bit about Shibden Wall, it's in the outskirts of Halifax, it has an average of 25% or 1:4, the majority of the climb is cobbled and is just torturous! The Milk Race used to race up it quite a lot! Legends like Sean Kelly have ridden up it!

So just a brief little summary there! Could we see the likes of Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet battle it out on the steep climbs of West Yorkshire? Or will it be another battle between Team Sky, Vouckler, Sanchez and Kruijswijk? Maybe Ben Swift can get his dream win in him home City of Sheffield. Anyway, very brief summary but as we have no idea who will ride, I can't make picks yet!

So, with that, I look forward to May bank holiday and hopefully I can follow the race around with a press pass and cover this great race for you all! Until then, I will leave you. I'll probably be back on covering Biathlon or cross country skiing later this month, until then, I'm @TimBonvilleGinn and bring on the new season!!