Team Sky has announced that four- time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has his sights set on riding this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, which takes place on 2-5 May 2019. The six-time Grand Tour Champion, who is eyeing a fifth Tour de France title this year, has announced his race calendar for the year – with a return to Yorkshire confirmed on his agenda.
33-year-old Froome explained, “Yorkshire hosted the start of the Tour de France a few years ago and the atmosphere was just incredible. The Tour de Yorkshire has been growing year on year and I’d love to get out there this year.”
The team also revealed Froome hopes to be a part of the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire in September where he’ll race for Great Britain along with the reigning Tour de France Champion Geraint Thomas.
Thomas, who is 32, said, “Looking at the course for Worlds in Yorkshire, I think the Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial will be my best chance of getting a title. It’ll be a good goal to have for the end of the year. I certainly want to be there because the support in Yorkshire is unbelievable. I think it’s going to be a massive World Championships and I want to be a part of it.”
Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said “Both Chris and Geraint raced in Yorkshire when we hosted the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014 so have first-hand experience of the incredible crowds and carnival atmosphere here in Yorkshire. They will be guaranteed the hugest of Yorkshire welcomes for the Tour de Yorkshire and the UCI Road World Championships and we can’t wait to see them race on our county’s roads.”
The Tour de Yorkshire was launched in 2015 as a legacy of the 2014 Grand Départ. It is organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation. The men’s race holds a 2.HC UCI Europe Tour classification. The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race was awarded 2.1 status in 2016.
2.6 million spectators reportedly lined the route for the 2018 edition, up from 2.2 million in 2017. The 2018 edition was watched by 12.5 million TV viewers in 190 countries. The 2018 edition generated £98 million for the Yorkshire economy.
The race is supported by Yorkshire Bank, Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries, Asda, LNER, Dimension Data, Le Coq Sportif, Mavic, Tissot, Named Sport, Mug Shot, Soreen, Gateley PLC, Sky Betting & Gaming, Black Sheep and Global.