Greg van Avermaet: Olympic highway race champion added to Tour de Yorkshire discipline
Olympic highway race champion Greg van Avermaet will make his Tour de Yorkshire return in Could.
The 32-year-old completed seventh in his solely earlier look within the four-day race in 2015, which was the inaugural staging of the occasion.
Van Avermaet, a winner of two Tour de France levels, will lead the BMC Racing Staff contingent in Yorkshire this yr.
Final yr, the Belgian beat Staff Sky’s Chris Froome to high the end-of-year UCI WorldTour rankings.
Amongst Van Avermaet’s successes in 2017 was successful the Paris-Roubaix one-day basic for the primary time.
The Rio 2016 gold medallist’s addition to the Tour de Yorkshire discipline follows affirmation that Mark Cavendish will make his return from injury on the occasion.
The race, which is a legacy of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart hosted by Yorkshire, takes place from 3-6 Could.
Welcome to Yorkshire chief govt Sir Gary Verity, who additionally helped take the Tour de France to the county, mentioned Van Avermaet “will little doubt animate the 4 days of racing”.
The race begins on Thursday, Three Could with a stage from Beverley to Doncaster, and Friday’s second stage takes the riders from Barnsley to Ilkley.
Saturday’s third stage is from Richmond to Scarborough with the finale on Sunday, 6 Could beginning in Halifax and ending in Leeds, the place Van Avermaet completed second in his final stage look in 2015.
“The ultimate stage ought to actually swimsuit him and I sit up for seeing him in motion,” mentioned Verity.
A two-day girls’s race will happen on 3-Four Could, previous the lads’s race and beginning and ending in the identical cities.