With just over five weeks to go until the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire, organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) have confirmed the 38 teams that will be competing between 2-5 May.
The men’s race will see Team Ineos in action for the very first time after changing its name from Team Sky. They will be joined by fellow UCI WorldTour outfits CCC Team, Team Dimension Data and Team Katusha Alpecin.
Eight UCI Pro Continental teams will also be on the start list along with seven further British-based squads.
The Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race, which takes place on 3-4 May, reads like a who’s who of elite cycling talent – with 14 out of the top 15 ranked teams in the world announced on the start list. Among them are Lizzie Deignan’s Trek-Segafredo squad, Boels Dolmans Cycling Team and race debutants Mitchelton Scott.
Four British teams will also be competing, with Drops Cycling, Storey Racing and Brother UK-Tifosi p/b OnForm lining up alongside the Great Britain national team.
A total of 10 teams will be in action across both races for the very first time.
Welcome to Yorkshire Commercial Director Peter Dodd said “Finalising the teams is always exciting and we’re delighted to have attracted another strong field featuring many of the biggest names in the sport.
“Teams want to compete at the Tour de Yorkshire because they know they will be guaranteed massive crowds, exciting racing and an electric atmosphere.
“Last year 2.6 million spectators lined the route and the fifth edition will be of added interest to many riders given that the UCI Road World Championships are taking place here in September. With the teams we’ve got coming we will be guaranteed some enthralling racing and we’re looking forward to it immensely.”
The men’s and women’s team line-ups will be finalised in the fortnight before the race – with a number of big-name attendees set to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
The full list of teams for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire is as follows:
Four UCI WorldTour teams:
CCC Team (POL), Team Dimension Data (RSA), Team Sky (Ineos) (GBR) and Team Katusha Alpecin (SUI).
Eight UCI Pro Continental teams:
Cofidis, Solutions Credits (FRA), Direct Energie (FRA), Euskadi Basque Country – Murias (ESP), Hagens Berman Axeon (USA), Manzana Postobon Team (COL), Rally UHC Cycling (USA), Riwal Readynez Cycling Team (DEN) and Vital Concept – B&B Hotels (FRA).
Six UCI Continental teams:
Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes (GBR), Madison Genesis (GBR), Ribble Pro Cycling (GBR), Swift Carbon Pro Cycling (GBR), Team Wiggins (GBR) and Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK (GBR),
One national team:
Great Britain Cycling Team (GBR)
The full list of teams for the 2019 Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race is as follows:
Ale Cipollini (ITA), Bigla (DEN), Brother UK Tifosi powered by On Form (GBR), Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (NED), Canyon // Sram Racing (GER), CCC – Liv (NED), Drops Cycling (GBR), FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA), Great Britain Cycling Team (GBR), Hitec Products – Birk Sport (NOR), Mitchelton Scott (AUS), Movistar Team Women (ESP), Parkhotel Valkenburg (NED), Storey Racing (GBR), Team Sunweb (NED), Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank (USA), Trek-Segafredo (USA), Valcar Cylance Cycling (ITA) and WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team (GER).
The Tour de Yorkshire was launched in 2015 as a legacy of Yorkshire’s 2014 Grand Départ for the Tour de France. It is organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.). 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 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. It generated a reported £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.