Tour de Yorkshire 2018 live on ITV4

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Some of the world’s elite male and female riders and professional teams take to roads of Yorkshire in early May for the fourth edition of cycling’s Tour de Yorkshire and ITV4 will cover all of the action live.

Established in the wake of the 2014 Tour de France’s successful Grand Depart and with a record two million spectators watching last year, the event has now been extended to four days, starting on Thursday, 3 May in Beverley, visiting Barnsley, Doncaster, Halifax, Ilkley, Richmond and Scarborough before finishing in Leeds on Sunday, 6 May.

Britain’s Mark Cavendish will make his return to racing after injury at the Milan-San Remo race in March, where he fractured a rib and damaging his ankle after colliding with a traffic bollard. His recovery has gone better than expected however, and Team Dimension Data have announced he will now be fit to compete in Yorkshire.

The 32-year-old Manxman is one of the sport’s highest-profile figures having won no-less than 30 Tour de France stages in a glittering career that also includes the 2011 UCI World Road Race Championships title and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Cavendish is one of a number of big-name riders to confirm his attendance at the Tour de Yorkshire, which includes his Team Dimension Data team-mate Serge Pauwels, who will be back to defend his title.

The women’s race starts and finishes in the same towns as the opening two stages of the men’s race, with the women setting off in the morning and the men following in the afternoon. The routes also feature the same intermediate sprints and classified climbs and offer the same prize money.

Anna van der Breggen, Chantal Blaak and Kirsten Wild are among a stellar list of riders set to compete, with Van der Breggen, who competes for Boels-Dolmans cycling team, the world’s No 1 rider and has been in sensational form this season, winning the prestigious Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Feche Wallonne titles to add to her 2016 Olympic road race success.

Two British Olympic gold medallists will also be present on the start line. Katie Archibald of Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling was part of Team GB’s triumphant team pursuit squad at Rio 2016, while Dani Rowe, who will be wearing the colours of the Great Britain national team in Yorkshire, sealed her gold in the same Olympic event at London 2012.

Enjoy four days of cycling from some of the best riders in the world including both the men’s and now extended women’s races all from the comfort of your sofa.

ITV4 will have live coverage of all four days of the 2018 event, presented by Gary Imlach, who will be joined by cycling legend Chris Boardman for coverage of the men’s race, as well as world champion Lizzie Deignan and former Olympic and pro cyclist Lucy Martin for the women’s race.

Ned Boulting, David Millar and Rochelle Gilmore will be in the commentary box, with reports and interviews from Daniel Friebe.

Alongside extensive live TV coverage on ITV4, cycling fans can catch up and also watch all the action live unfold online via the ITV Hub – itv.com/itv4, while @ITVCycling on Twitter will have all the latest news and video.

Eurosport will also screen selected live action from the event and nightly stage highlights, though extended coverage will be available online via subscription on Eurosport Player.

For more information about each stage of the race, as well as latest news, classifications and results, visit the official Tour de Yorkshire website – letour.yorkshire.com.

THURSDAY 3rd MAY

Women’s Stage 1: Beverley > Doncaster
LIVE  8.30am-12.45pm
Men’s Stage 1: Beverley > Doncaster
LIVE  1.45pm-6.45pm
HIGHLIGHTS  8.00pm-9.00pm
FRIDAY 4th MAY

Women’s Stage 2: Barnsley > Ilkley
LIVE  8.55am-12.45pm
Men’s Stage 2: Barnsley > Ilkley
LIVE  2.15pm-6.30pm
HIGHLIGHTS  9.00pm-10.00pm
SATURDAY 5th MAY

Men’s Stage 3: Richmond > Scarborough
LIVE  1.00pm-6.00pm
HIGHLIGHTS  8.00pm-9.00pm
SUNDAY 6th MAY

Men’s Stage 4: Halifax > Leeds
LIVE  12.00pm-5.30pm
HIGHLIGHTS  8.00pm-9.00pm

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