Cycling: Wiggins and Kittel confirm entry for inaugural Tour de Yorkshire

Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Sir Bradley Wiggins.
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Sir Bradley Wiggins will line up alongside Marcel Kittel in the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in May that finishes in Leeds.

The city hosts the end of the three-day odyssey on Sunday, May 3, with Wiggins’ new team under his name launching at the race which starts in Bridlington on Friday, May 1.

Kittel, who won the first stage of the Tour de France last July from Leeds to Harrogate, will lead the Giant-Alpecin team.

The biggest squad coming to town is Team Sky, who will be led by Rotherham sprinter Ben Swift.

Sky are one of five World Tour teams who are making the journey to Yorkshire, along with Giant, BMC Racing, I Am Cycling and Lotto NL-Jumbo, who last year were Tour de France contenders Belkin.

There are six ProContinental teams from the rung below the top level: Cofidis (France), Cult Energy Pro Cycling (Denmark), MTN-Qhubeka (South Africa), Europcar (France), Roompot Oranje Peloton (Holland) and Topsport Vlaandered-Baloise (Belgium). The inclusion of so many respected teams means names like Tyler Farrar, John Degenkolb, Wilco Kelderman, Sylvain Chavanel and Tejay van Garderen could feature. Five British teams make up the startlist, with Team Wiggins joined by Madison Genesis, NFTO ProCycling, One Pro Cycling and the GB Development Squad. Leeds’ 24-year-old Liam Holohan – an experienced climber – will be hoping to ride for Madison Genesis.

Scott Thwaites (centre). PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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