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2021 Tour de Yorkshire postponed but race organisers are committed to see the race return in 2022

Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) have confirmed that the 2021 Tour de Yorkshire will now be postponed until 2022. The difficult decision has been made after in-depth and constructive discussions with race organisers A.S.O., and also after detailed consultation with all the tourism agency’s local authority partners.
This sixth edition of the race had been due to take place between 30th April and 3rd May 2020, but the developing situation with COVID-19 meant the event simply became untenable.

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Chief Executive James Mason said:
“During these uncertain times Welcome to Yorkshire need to focus on the immediate needs of the industry without committing both financial and human resources towards any activity or event that we cannot be certain of. Cycling has become synonymous with Yorkshire and the Tour de Yorkshire has become a firm fixture on the world cycling calendar due to the reception the riders and teams receive in our county. Whilst it is very disappointing that we will be bereft of this wonderful race for another year the decision we have made it the right one and perhaps the only one we could make. The uncertainty in front of us meant it was impossible to plan or commit the resource that the race needs. This has been a mutual decision made by Welcome to Yorkshire and the A.S.O. and we will all now look forward to putting all our energies into bringing the race back bigger and better than ever in 2022.”
Yann Le Moenner, the Director General of A.S.O. said:
“We fully understand Welcome to Yorkshire’s position and are totally associated with this joint decision. We have worked a lot together since the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014 to put the Tour de Yorkshire on the top of the international cycling calendar. This work is obviously not wasted and we will collectively do our best to re-launch the event in 2022 and give the chance to the world’s best riders to be on the Yorkshire roads in front of one of the most enthusiastic audiences the cycling world has ever seen.”

The Tour de Yorkshire is of huge economic benefit to the county and its creation followed the success of the 2014 Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire. This hugely popular event attracted 4 million roadside spectators with 188 countries broadcasting the race live contributing to £330m worth of media coverage with the Grand Depart in Yorkshire trending worldwide on Twitter.
Subsequent Tour de Yorkshire’s from 2015 to 2019 have also been an incredible success for the county, boosting the economy and showcasing spectacular Yorkshire scenery across the globe. Benefits for the county during the Tour de Yorkshire have included record-breaking figures of 107.5m Twitter reach (2016), 2.6m spectators along the route and a £98m economic impact (2018), plus a TV audience of 28m in 190 countries (2019).

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Key points:
 Both routes will be the toughest in the history of the race and feature more climbing than ever before.
 The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race meanwhile, runs between 1-2 May and will once again offer equal prize money to the men, making it one of the most lucrative races in the sport.
 The sixth edition of the men’s race will take place between 30 April – 3 May. It encompasses all four corners of the county and takes in 160 villages, towns and cities along the way.

Thursday 30 April – Stage One Men (176.5km):
The Yorkshire Coast Stage – Beverley to Redcar
The men’s race gets going in Beverley and proceeds to Hornsea before following the coastline in a northerly direction. The first intermediate sprint will be contested in Flamborough, and Filey and Robin Hood’s Bay both make welcome returns before the first mountains classification points are up for grabs on the Côte de Hooks House Farm. A second intermediate sprint will take place at Whitby Abbey, and once the riders have passed through Sandsend they’ll be faced – the Côte de Lythe Bank. Any riders that fall off the pace on there will have to work hard to get themselves back into contention before the action reaches a gripping conclusion in Redcar – the most northerly location the Tour has ever visited.

Friday 1 May – Stage Two Men, Stage One Women (both 124.5km):
The Three Peaks Stage – Skipton to Leyburn
The world’s top female riders join the action in Skipton and start in the morning with the men following in the afternoon. Both routes are identical and feature two intermediate sprints in the opening 35km. The first comes in Settle with the other following in Horton in Ribblesdale. The route then heads past the Three Peaks and Ribblehead Viaduct, and once the riders have exited Hawes, the Côte de Buttertubs will be immediately upon them. This rises to the highest point of the race and is one of two climbs that have not been visited since the 2014 Tour de France. The other is the Côte de Grinton Moor, and that fearsome double-header could see a few stragglers distanced before a fiercely contested finale in Leyburn.

Saturday 2 May – Stage Three Men (134km), Stage Two Women (114.5km):
The Heritage Stage – Barnsley to Huddersfield
The riders will loop around Barnsley Town Hall before heading out of town and the pace is likely to ramp up for the first intermediate sprint in Oxspring. Penistone and Holmfirth then both feature before the first categorised climb comes on the Côte de Netherthong. Then the two routes split. The women will immediately tackle the Côte de Hebden Bridge while the men commence an 18.6km loop which takes them into Todmorden and up a brutal climb bearing the town’s name. They’ll then drop back into Hebden Bridge and re-join the women’s route before following it all the way to the finish. The Côte de Leeming’s presence will prove taxing, but it’s the Côte de Shibden Wall where the fireworks are most likely to be seen. Any sprinters still in contention will fancy their chances in the second intermediate sprint at Bank Top, but there’s only likely to be a select bunch of stars who’ll still be in contention when the race reaches Huddersfield.

Sunday 3 May – Stage Four Men (177.5km):
The Yorkshire Classic – Halifax to Leeds
Halifax’s Piece Hall is a spectacular location for the start of this decisive stage for the men before they head into Brontë Country. Haworth’s quaint cobbled Main Street will feature prior to the opening intermediate sprint in Oakworth. The first of seven categorised climbs is then looming large, and the Côte de Goose Eye could catch a few riders unaware coming so early in the stage. The action then returns to Skipton before the next climb comes on the Côte de Barden Moor. Once that has been scaled it’s on to Burnsall where the riders hit the Côte de Skyreholme. Any stragglers that slip back on there will seek to regain parity on the subsequent descent into Masham, and then it’s back to Pateley Bridge before the riders head back up the Côte de Greenhow Hill. A second intermediate sprint will be contested in Ilkley before the race hits the infamous Côte de Cow and Calf. The final climb will then be fought out on Otley Chevin and the race then sweeps into the outskirts of Leeds via Kirkstall Abbey.

James Mason, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s exciting for me to be involved with the Tour de Yorkshire for the very first time and this year’s routes look fantastic. Many of our county’s iconic climbs are included, and we’re particularly pleased to see Buttertubs and Grinton Moor making appearances after they were unfortunately cut from the World Championships route on account of the weather last September. Seeing the men and women tackle Shibden Wall will also be special, and we’re delighted to be bringing the race to so many new places as well. We’re lucky to have such a diversity of landscapes here in Yorkshire and these races will have something for every type of rider. I’m really looking forward to it and I’m sure we’re in for some really exciting action.”

Christian Prudhomme, ASO’s Tour de France Director, said: “Once again, the team at Welcome to Yorkshire have done a tremendous job in designing such a beautiful, challenging and varied route and I am looking forward to seeing how both races play out. They are both harder than ever before, and when you factor in the millions of fans that will be lining the route, we know that the 2020 edition will be one to remember.”

And last but by no means least, it was revealed that the Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive will be back for a fifth successive year in 2019. Leeds was unveiled as the start and finish location for the event which will be held on Sunday 5 May. 6,000 amateur cyclists will have the chance to ride some of the county’s most iconic roads just hours before the Tour de Yorkshire reaches its conclusion.

Entries for the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire Ride are now open at a special early bird rate and full details can be found at

Taktische Meisterleistung von Team INEOS sichert Chris Lawless den Gesamtsieg der Tour de Yorkshire

Leeds, Sunday, May 5th 2019 – After an action packed day in the hills of northern Yorkshire, three riders managed to make it clear to the finish line in Leeds. While title holder Greg Van Avermaet conquered the day’s win, this fifth edition of the Tour de Yorkshire went to Christopher Lawless making the best of his slim lead in the GC prior to the final day.
The splendid Halifax Piece Hall welcomed the riders of the Tour de Yorkshire in style. Thousands had gathered to cheer on the remaining 108 men taking on the fourth and final stage of the event. On the menu, after taking off from this historical location of Britain: 175kms of racing on a course to Leeds including five hills. Wearing the overall leader’s blue jersey at the start was Chris Lawless (INS) who knew it would be hard to defend his leadership.
At km 4, nine riders managed to break away : Lafay (COF), McEvoy, Walker (both MGT), Hivert (TDE), Rolland, Courteille (both VCB), Irizar (EUS), Scott (SCB) and Hayter (GBR). Their advantage grew to 1’40’’ at km 12. At the top of the first climb of the day, the Côte de Goose Eye (km 22), the front group led by Scott has a 2’10 lead.
Arnaud Courteille was then the first to reach the summit of the Côte de Barden Moor (km 39.5) while the gap reached 3’. At the first intermediate sprint, in Kilnsey (km 58), won by Scott ahead of Irizar and McEvoy, the peloton remained 2’50’’ adrift. The third hill of the day, the Cote de Park Rash was once again claimed by Courteille. After the summit, team Ineos took control of the chase and the gap started dropping. At the feeding zone, the front 9 saw their lead drop to 1’15’’. The first man to struggle at the front, and even quit the race was McEvoy.
On the climb up the Côte de Greenhow (km 128), three of the front men powered away: Lafay, Hivert and Courteille. Meanwhile, team Riwal pushed harder at the front of the pack reducing the number of riders in the peloton and moving closer to the break. At the top, Courteille conquered enough points to virtually claim the best climber’s jersey while the front three enjoyed a 30’’ advantage over Rolland and Hayter and 55’’ over the pack.
On the final climb of the day, the Côte de Otley-Chevin (Km 154), Rolland and Hayter were caught and the front three started feeling the pressure of a group of 29 riders including all the favourites. At the top, Courteille led the way ahead of Hivert and Lafay but Dunbar (INS) powered away in a counter-attack. The Irishman managed to catch the leaders and went on to conquer the second bonus sprint. He then continued on his own at km 164.
Dunbar was eventually caught by Van Avermaet (CCC) and his team mate, the blue jersey Lawless. With 5kms to go, the front three could enjoy a 10’’ lead over a group including Kamp and 20’’ over the Froome group of over twenty men. The three men finally made it clear all the way to the line.
In a final sprint, title holder Van Avermaet conquered the day’s win ahead of Lawless and Dunbar. After capturing the blue jersey the previous day in Scarborough, Lawless manages to keep his overall leadership and wins this 5th edition of the race. In the GC, the Brit who becomes the first of his nation to win the event triumphs with a slim 2’’ advantage over Van Avermaet and 11’’ over Dunbar. Lawless also wins the points classification while Courteille finishes best climber of the Tour.

1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 4:40:03
2 Chris Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos
3 Eddie Dunbar (GBr) Team Ineos 0:00:02
4 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Dimension Data 0:00:09
5 James Shaw (GBr) SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
6 Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis
7 Alexander Kamp (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
8 Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Wiggins Le Col 0:00:12
9 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha-Alpecin
10 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling

1 Chris Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos 15:18:12
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 0:00:02
3 Eddie Dunbar (GBr) Team Ineos 0:00:11
4 Alexander Kamp (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team 0:00:15
5 James Shaw (GBr) SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling 0:00:25
6 Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis
7 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Team Dimension Data
8 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling 0:00:28
9 Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis
10 Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Charles

Kamp triumphs in Scarborough, Lawless new leader

It promised to be an eventful day on the Tour de Yorkshire, and the show was at the height of expectations. A group of favourites including around 30 riders powered away with over 50kms to go including Van Avermaet and Froome. Only 21 remained together all the way to the finish line in Scarborough where Dane Alexander Kamp claimed the win. The blue jersey changes shoulders and goes to Chris Lawless.
Wind was to be the main topic of the day. After Marianne Vos mastered the tough conditions on the stage between Bridlington and Scarborough to win her first ASDA Tour de Yorkshire, it was the men’s turn to battle it out on the 132kms of the hilly course by the North Sea. The 114 riders took off just after 3:00 PM under the rain.
But as the conditions got dryer, 9 riders managed to break away at km15: Cuming (MGT), Sicard (TDE), Carpenter (RLY), Reza (VCB), Scott (WGN), Zijlaard (HBA), Bradbury (SCB), Mottram (VIT) and Archibald (RPC). At km 22, the front group could enjoy a 1’30’’ advantage. Robert Scott was the first to reach the top of the Côte de Silpho (km 38.5) as the gap grew to 1’55’’. It even reached 2 minutes at the first intermediate sprint (km 48) won by Mottram.
The pack led by teams CCC, Roompot-Charles and Katusha-Alpecin kept good control on the escapees and started moving closer. At the summit of the Côte de Hooks House Farm (km 60.5), once again conquered by Davis, the gap was 1’50’’ and then 50’’ at the second bonus sprint (km 67) won by Mottram.
Just after the third climb of the day, the Côte de Lythe Bank (km 75) where Davis again claimed the most mountain points, the pack broke into several bunches. A group of over 30 riders powered away including the likes of Blue Jersey, Jesper Asselman (ROC), Greg Van Avermaet (CCC) and Chris Froome (INS). The surviving breakaway group was rapidly gobbled up with over fifty kilometres to go and the gap grew for the front riders. At the top of penultimate climb of the day, the Côte de Grosmont, the favourites led by Vinjebo (RIW) at the top could enjoy a 55’’ advantage overt their closest chasers.
The final climb up the Côte de Ugglebarnby (km 101.5) proved to be too hard for Asselman to keep up with the top guns and only 21 riders remained at the front while the race leader lost ground (1’20’’ adrift at the top).
That group including 5 Riwal riders, 4 Ineos men and 3 members of team CCC continued their fast progression towards Scarborough. They remained bunched on the final straight by the sea. The sprint was eventually claimed by Alexander Kamp (RIW) ahead of Chris Lawless (INS) and Greg Van Avermaet (CCC), giving the Dane the biggest win of his career so far.
Crossing the line close to 2 minutes later, Jesper Asselman loses his overall leader’s Blue Jersey that goes to Chris Lawless. In the new GC, the Brit is in the same second as Kamp and has a 6’’ lead over Van Avermaet. He also takes command of the points classification while Robert Scott is the new best climber.

1 Alexander Kamp (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team 3:23:24
2 Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team
4 Rasmus Tiller (Nor) Dimension Data
5 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
6 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Ineos
7 Matthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis
8 Andreas Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
9 Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Charles
10 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
11 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Ineos

1 Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos 10:38:15
2 Alexander Kamp (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team 0:00:06
4 Andreas Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team 0:00:10
5 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK
6 Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis
7 Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Charles
8 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Ineos
9 Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team Ineos
10 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin

Victorious Vos (CCC) crowned 2019 ASDA Tour de Yorkshire champion!

M. Vos at Amstel Gold Race 2018
Marianne Vos produced a brave performance on an enthralling final stage to win the 2019 Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race. Vos – a living legend in the sport with over 180 career victories to her name – joined an elite group of three riders on the fast run in to Scarborough and then outsprinted Mavi Garcia (Movistar Team Women) and Soraya Paladin (Ale Cipollini) along North Bay to wrap up the blue jersey sponsored by Yorkshire Bank.
The Dutchwomen, who rides for CCC-Liv, won the race by a seven—second margin courtesy of the bonus seconds she picked up over the two days of action. Garcia took second place on both the stage and overall standings, with Paladin in third.
The concluding stage proved to be a real war of attrition and home favourite Lizzie Deignan (Trek Segafredo) helped thin out the field with an attacking performance that saw her voted the most active rider sponsored by Dimension Data in a live Twitter poll at @letouryorkshire.
Garcia also produced a gutsy solo attack and the fact that she crested the Côtes de Grosmont and Ugglebarnby in first place meant that she earned the best climber’s jersey sponsored by LNER. Vos and Paladin eventually hauled her back and it was Vos who bossed the sprint in front of massive crowds on the seafront in Scarborough.
Christine Majerus meanwhile, crossed the line 1min 22sec later in fourth place, and that meant the Boels Dolmans rider won the best sprinter classification sponsored by Asda following her second-placed finish on Friday.
Welcome to Yorkshire Commercial Director Peter Dodd said: “It was a blustery day out there but that didn’t stop the supporters coming out en-masse once again. The reception the riders received was absolutely fantastic and it will have certainly spurred them along. The route also proved selective and ensured the best riders came to the fore, and we were treated to another spectacular finish in Scarborough. Vos is the most successful rider of her generation and she proved her strength and tactical nous in a truly world-class peloton. We’re delighted to crown such a worthy winner and the 2019 Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race has been a joy to watch from beginning to end.”
Race winner Marianne Vos said: “I was nervous coming into the final because I didn’t know what power I had left in my legs after such a hard stage but to finish it off was incredible. I’m really happy to win here and the crowds in the last few days have been fantastic. Like us, the spectators have braved some bad weather over the last two days but they have always cheered us on. It’s been a very good race.”
Yorkshire’s very own Lizzie Deignan said: “Marianne is a phenomenal rider and thoroughly deserves this win because she rode it very smartly, so congratulations to her. This has been another fantastic race and the whole women’s peloton is incredibly grateful for the support we have received from the organisers. This is a top-class race and I’m looking forward to returning in September for the World Championships.”

1 Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv 3:59:16
2 Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Movistar Team Women
3 Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini
4 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:01:22
5 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women
6 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling 0:01:37
7 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling 0:02:01
8 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM 0:02:06
9 Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team 0:02:26
10 Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women 0:02:39

1 Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv 7:34:27
2 Margarita Victo Garcia Cañellas (Spa) Movistar Team Women 0:00:07
3 Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini 0:00:09
4 Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 0:01:28
5 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott Women 0:01:35
6 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling 0:01:50
7 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) Valcar-Cylance Cycling 0:02:14
8 Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM 0:02:19
9 Elizabeth Banks (GBr) Bigla Pro Cycling Team 0:02:36
10 Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women 0:02:50
Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer –

Rick Zabel sears path to sprint win in Yorkshire

Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer –
Known more for his lead-out skills than chalking up a win for himself, Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’s Rick Zabel earned bragging rights with a strong sprint win in Friday’s stage 2 of the 5th Tour de Yorshire. Lighting out from the front and showing a clear set of wheels in the process, Zabel enjoyed his moment in the spotlight in Bedale.
Rick Zabel: “I’m so, so happy to win a race. I really couldn’t believe it. I just realized it when I went to the podium and I was standing here. Tears came to my eyes. As a bike rider you want to win, and my last win was four years ago. Normally I am a lead out guy and I don’t have too many chances for myself. It’s just a super nice day for me that I can see ways to win races at the professional level.” Second and third places with the same time of 3:09:16 (41.85km/h) went to Boy van Poppel (Roompot-Charles) and Chris Lawless of Team INEOS on the 132k stage from Barnsley to Bedale.
Zabel: „I don’t know how, but I came in a good position in the last 500m, then I saw the 300m sign and I know I can do a long sprint. I thought ‚OK, I must go for it. If someone comes over me at least I tried.‘ I was so afraid when I came in the last 50m because I’m not a guy who wins often and I thought today maybe I can win, and I was so afraid if someone comes over – it was such a relief when I crossed the line.”
Relief also came to team director Claudio Cozzi, praising the effort from Zabel: “We are very happy. Today we worked hard to arrive in a sprint, with Rick ultimately doing good work. He gave everything. He won the stage and now we are in second in GC.” The win puts Zabel 1-second behind race leader Jesper Asselman of Roompot-Charles.
Zabel: “Short stages are always full gas, and it was a headwind all day, but we still raced pretty hard. The last five kilometers were pure chaos, and I was close to crashing a few times. We just started here with five guys but we’re really motivated. There are some good sprinters here. I’m just so happy I can win a race. It’s also really important for the team because we haven’t won so much this year. To get a win here is really amazing.”
Success in a bike race doesn’t come alone and Zabel was quick to acknowledge the hard work put in by his teammates today: “Thanks to my teammates who kept me out of the wind all day. They really believed in me. A few times today Nathan Haas said, ‘Hey man, you can win today. I believe in you.’ If you don’t try, you never win. That’s what I thought about in the last 500 meters. I had good momentum – I just started 10-15 wheels back. With 100 meters to go, I thought ‘Man, keep going, you can finish on the podium.’ At 50m I was still hopeful and then I crossed the finish line first. Thank you so much to the team.”
The Tour de Yorkshire continues on Saturday with stage 3. At 132k, the stage begins in Bridlington and ends in Scarborough.
With part of today’s course set to be used in the world championships later this year in Harrogate, Zabel has hopes of being selected to represent his home country Germany: “I would be happy if I could give a hand for that.”
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Tour de Yorkshire Stage 2: Rick Zabel sprints to glory

May 3 rd 2019 – 19:12
The bunched sprint expected for stage 2 eventually occurred in the streets of Bedale. After catching a 6-man breakaway group, the pack made it bunched to the finish where Rick Zabel proved to be the fastest. The German, son of legendary sprinter Erik Zabel claimed the win ahead of Van Poppel and Lawless. Jesper Asselman keeps his overall leader’s blue jersey.
Several hours after Lorena Wiebes conquered stage 1 of the women’s ASDA Tour de Yorkshire, it was the men’s turn to take on their second stage of the event. And the sky was just as grey over Barnsley for the 126 riders still in the race. A good way to warm up was to attack and that’s exactly what Fabien Grellier (TDE) di as soon as the first kilometre. The Frenchman was eventually caught by three other riders at km 7: Stewart (DHB), Scott (SCB) and (McGlinchey (VIT). The gap grew rapidly and reached 1’25’’ at km 9 but the pack started chasing under the influence of team Dimension Data.
Just before the first intermediate sprint (km 20,5), won by Stewart, two Wiggins-Le Col riders manage to take off on a counter-attack. Fouché and Scott (WGN) eventually catch up with the front four while the gap again increases over the pack: 2’50’’ at km 31.
Approaching the climb of the day, James Fouché decided to powerr away on a quest for mountain points. He reached the top of the Côte de Lidley (km 69) on his own with an advantage of 15’’ over Stewart and McGlinchey and 1’55’’ over the pack. On the descent, the leading rider was joined again by his former companions.
The gap carried on dropping as the peloton entered the circuit of the next World Championships around Harrogate. At the second bonus sprint (84,5), claimed by Jacob Scott, the pack had closed in at 55’’. With 16kms to go, Stewart and McGlinchey feeling the pack moving closer broke away. While their former companions were caught they continued their efforts helped out by Rolland (VCB), Ourselin (TDE) and Williams (SCB). But the front five were finally realled in by the pack in the final four kilometres.
The pack remained bunched all the way to the final straight in Bedale. Well helped out by his Katusha-Alpecin team mates, Rick Zabel powered to the line claiming victory ahead of Boy Van Poppel (ROC) and Christopher Lawless (INS). Son of six-time Tour de France green jersey Erik Zabel, the German claims his first win of the season. The overall leader’s blue jersey remains on the shoulders of Jesper Asselman (ROC) while Van Poppel takes command of the points classification and Jacob Hennessy remains best climber.

1 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 3:09:16
2 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Roompot-Charles
3 Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos
4 Andrew Tennant (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes
5 Daniel McLay (GBr) Great Britain National Team
6 Andreas Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team
7 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
8 Michael Rice (Aus) Hagens Berman Axeon
9 Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
10 Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis

1 Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Charles 7:14:50
2 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:01
3 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Roompot-Charles 0:00:05
4 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
5 Jacob Hennessy (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes
6 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel 0:00:07
7 Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos
8 Kevin Vermaerke (USA) Hagens Berman Axeon
9 Thomas Stewart (GBr) Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes
10 Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 0:00:11
Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer –

Tour de Yorkshire-Stage 1

Selby, Thursday, May, 2nd 2019 – While many were expecting a bunched sprint in Selby, one man managed to hold off the hungry pack to capture the biggest win of his career. Indeed, after being part of a 6-man breakaway, Jesper Asselman managed to hang on to the lead all the way to the line. The Dutchman captures victory ahead of Filippo Fortin and Jonas Van Genechten and conquers the general classification leader’s jersey after day one at the Tour de Yorkshire.
Despite a few rain showers, hundreds had gathered in Doncaster for the start of stage 1 of the 5th edition of the Tour de Yorkshire. On the menu: 182.5kms all the way to Selby and fairly wet conditions. After an extremely fast start, it took 13 kilometres for the first breakaway riders to power away: Vermaerke (HBA), Hennessy (DHB), Asselman (ROC), Bigham (RPC), Flynn and Nally (both GBR). Despite counter-attacking efforts from Fouche (WGN) and Kenway (VIT), the front six stayed clear in the lead, enjoying a gap that reached 2’10’’ a km30.

Teams Dimension Data and Ineos moved to the front of the pack and started chasing from then on. At the first intermediate sprint in Elloughton (km 72) claimed by Hennessy ahead of Vermaerke and Bigham, the gap had dropped to 1’55’’.
On the climb up the only hill of the day (Baggaby Hill, km 135), Flynn was the first rider to be dropped by the front group while Hennessy captured the most climber’s points at the top. Meanwhile the gap over the pack again grew and reached 2’20 at the summit.
The second bonus sprint was again claimed by Hennessy but the Canyon DHB rider eventually called it a day and stopped his effort having accomplished his mission of clinching the best climber’s jersey.
The pressure increased on the shoulders of the four escapees as the peloton moved closer: 1’55’’ with 25kms to go and still 40’’ ten kilometres from the finish. It looked as though we were heading to a bunched sprint as the gap dropped to 13’’ with a kilometre left. But in the final moments of the stage, Jesper Asselman managed a final effort and made it clear to the line holding off the hungry pack to claim victory. Second place went to Italian Filippo Fortin (COF) while Jonas Van Genechten clinched third spot.

1 Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot-Charles 4:05:45
2 Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
3 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
4 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Roompot-Charles
5 Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Team Wiggins Lecol
6 Ethan Hayter (GBr) Great Britain National Team
7 Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
8 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
9 Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Ineos
10 Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin