Sir Bradley Wiggins set to ride the Tour de Yorkshire

Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Sir Bradley Wiggins.
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SIR BRADLEY Wiggins will ride in the second Tour de Yorkshire, which begins in two weeks’ time.

The 2012 Tour de France winner and multi-Olympic champion heads an impressive provisional start list for the three-stage race.

Thirty eight of the riders set to feature have competed in the Tour de France and 25 are veterans of all three Grand Tours, which also include the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.

Sir Brad will represent his own Team Wiggins and current British road champion Pete Kennaugh will ride for Team Sky, alongside defending champion Lars Petter Nordhaug.

Also set to start in Beverley on Friday, April 29 are BMC’s former hour record holder and Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Rohan Dennis, fans’ favourite Thomas Voeckler and Briton Steve Cummings, who was a Tour de France stage winner last year.

The men’s race includes 10 Yorkshire riders. Racing for the Great Britain team will be Frazer Clacherty, Gabriel Cullaigh and Oliver Wood; JLT Condor will bring Russ Downing, Graham Briggs and Tom Moses; Tom Stewart will ride for Madison Genesis; Liam Holohan will be on duty for Team Wiggins; Josh Edmondson represents NFTO and Pete Williams is riding for One-Pro.

The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire field is headed by world champion Lizzie Armitstead, from Otley.

Others in the women’s race - over the same course as the men from Otley to Doncaster on April 30 - include British Olympian Danielle King, defending champion Louise Mahe and Dame Sarah Storey OBE.

The third stage is on Sunday, May 1, from Middlesbrough to Scarborough.

Key riders in the men’s race:

BMC: Rohan Dennis (former hour record holder, TDF yellow jersey wearer), Ben Hermans (Stage 3 winner last year).

Cofidis: Nicolas Edet (TdY King of the Mountains last year).

Direct Energie: Thomas Voeckler.

Orica GreenEDGE: Adam Yates, Mathew Hayman (Paris Roubaix winner), Caleb Ewan (Australian National Criterium Champion).

Team Dimension Data: Steve Cummings, Bernie Eisel.

Giant Alpecin: Warren Barguil, Bert De Backer, Koen de Kort.

Team Sky: Lars-Petter Nordhaug, Pete Kennaugh, Luke Rowe.

Team Wiggins: Sir Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull.

Key riders in the women’s race:

Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) - Boels–Dolmans.

Kirsten Wild(NED) - Hitec Products.

Shelley Olds (USA) – Cylance Pro Cycling.

Danielle King (GBR) – Wiggle High5.

Julien D’Hoore (BEL) – Wiggle High5.

Leah Kirchmann (CAN) – Team Liv – Plantu.r

Annalisa Cucinotta (ITA) – Ale‘ Cipollini.

Marta Bastianelli (ITA) –Ale’ Cipollini.

Louise Mahe (GBR) – Les Filles Racing Team: defending champion.

Dame Sarah Storey OBE – Podium Ambition Pro Cycling Powered By Club La Santa.

Scott Thwaites (centre). PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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