The star riders are coming thick and fast with Mark Cavendish the latest cycling legend to confirm he will be riding the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire.
Cavendish is a true icon of the sport who has won no-less than 30 Tour de France stages in a glittering career that also includes the 2011 UCI Road World Championships title and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 33-year-old Manxman, whose mother lives in Harrogate, received a hero’s welcome when he competed in last year’s race and it is that reception that has influenced his decision to compete again between 2-5 May.
He said: “I’m really excited to heading back to the Tour de Yorkshire along with my Dimension Data for Qhubeka team-mates to race in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
“I really enjoyed the tough but beautiful parcours (route) last year as I rode the race for the first time, and I look forward to seeing what’s in store for us in the 2019 edition.
“Over and above the racing though, it always blows my mind to see the incredible support of the fans. With some of my family in Yorkshire, it makes it so special and I can’t wait to see them all again.”
Cavendish will be joined in a strong Team Dimension Data line-up by Nic Dlamini, Bernhard Eisel, Mark Renshaw, Tom-Jelte Slagter and Rasmus Tiller.
Those riders join four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome and Marcel Kittel who have already announced they will be competing in the 2019 race.
The times below for local viewing points are from the official tour website. The times for Walkington of 15:35, 15:41 and 15:48 and are the estimated times of arrival based on 3 levels of speed, ie 44Km per hour, 42 kph and 40kph. The time of 13:54 refers to the time the Race Caravan is due to enter the village.
The estimated timings for the entire Stage One event can be found on the official website at Le Tour