Greg Van Avermaet defends Thursday in the Round of Yorkshire title. With Serge Pauwels he has a teammate at his side who wins the Round in 2017. The East-flanders aiming again on the victory, but then he must have to deal with Chris Froome, Nathan Haas, Jonathan Hivert, and a few outsiders.
The Tour of Yorkshire is since this year a competition category, but has to deal with a lot of competition. This extends to the field. Chris Froome is el, but the chance that he is going to mix in the battle for the final victory is not so great, all spoke the four-time tour winner, however, his ambition. “I want to be here for the day to come,” he said. “For their own people, and certainly for such an enthusiastic audience, but I still not that great shape to deal with it.”
A real course on its size, it is not. The first stage, from Doncaster to Selby, 178,5 km ends probably with a bunch sprint. Without Marcel Kittel, his team gave in the last instance, that the German “not ready”. On day two, the peloton goes from Barnsley to Bedale, about 132 kilometers, along the way, there is one little climb, but what’s most interesting is the passage about the circuit of the world cup track in september, 16.5 kilometers. Then it is another 40 kilometers towards the finish, again, opportunities for the sprinters, though the weather, which is free on Thursday will be bad, with rain and British wind, maybe its role play.
On day three the riders 135 km are presented, along the way there are five climbs, but then it’s still 30 kilometers in the direction of measurement, ideal for escapees. Then there is still the final stage, in the initial phase of single slopes, and especially with even the most difficult final of this race, with the Côte de Greenhow Hill (3.3 km to 8,2%) and the Côte de Otley Chevin (1.4 km at 10,3%). The thing is to be there to make a difference, then wait another 20 kilometres to the finish in Leeds.
Van Avermaet is favourite to be himself, to follow, and in the final stage do its thing. Will he succeed not, there are still team mates, Serge Pauwels and Alessandro De Marchi for their chance to go. Other candidates are Tom-Jelte Slagter, Lilian Calmejane, Jonathan Hivert, or Nathan Haas and who knows may be Tom Pidcock surprise.
Also the women drive their Tour of Yorkshire, on Friday and Saturday, about the same circulation as the men and with the same prize money. Last year, crowning Megan Guarnier to eindwinnares, but she is now with wielerpensioen. Lizzie Deignan won in 2017, but the Uk is still not back on top, after she became a mother of Orla in september 2018.
2018: Greg Van Avermaet
2017: Serge Pauwels
2016: Thomas Voeckler (Fra)
2015: Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor)