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Tour de Yorkshire: ones to watch

From May 2-5, the winding roads and hills of Yorkshire will be taken over for the fifth edition of the Tour. 

Set over eight host locations, including Leeds, Halifax and Doncaster, it will also provide the world’s best riders with the chance to get to grips with the 2019 World Championship course, held on the same road as the Tour’s second stage.
But that’s not the only big development this year. For the first time ever, the women’s race will take place over the same route as Stage Two and Stage Three of the Men’s race, making it the most inclusive edition so far.

Read on for our guide to this year's stages and to see which Wattbikers will be taking part.

Image: letouryorkshire.com

The stages

Stage One: Doncaster- Selby
Distance: 175.8km
Climb: Côte de Baggaby Hill (1.9km, average 4.6%) 

Stage Two: Barnsley- Bedale
Distance: 132km
Climb: Côte de Lindley (1.5km, average 7.4%)
Sprint: Pontefract (87m), Harrogate (126m)

Stage Three: Bridlington- Scarborough
Distance: 132km
Climb: Côte de Silpho (1.5km, average 8.2%), Côte de Hook’s House Farm (1.8km, average 6.4%), Côte de Lythe Bank (1.2km, average 10%), Côte de Grosmont (0.5km, average 15%), Côte de Ugglebarnby (1.9km, average 8.7%)
Sprint: Harwood Dale (188m), Whitby Abbey (52m)

Stage Four: Halifax- Leeds
Distance: 175km
Climb: Côte de Goose Eye (1.5km, average 10%), Côte de Bardon Moore (1km, average 9.5%), Côte de Park Rash (2.2km, average 10.5%), Côte de Greenhow Hill (3.3km, average 8.2%), Côte de Otley Chevin (1.4km, average 10.3%)
Sprint: Kilnsey (184m), Tinshill (178m)


Wattbikers to watch

Former Tour de Yorkshire winner Lizzie Deignan makes her return in the women's race for Trek-Segafredo, and Dan Bigham, John Archibald and Jacob Tipper for Ribble Pro and Harry Tanfield for Katusha Alpecin will all appear on the tour.