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Greg Van Avermaet the latest rider confirmed for Tour de Yorkshire

Joe Robinson
20 Apr 2018

Olympic champion to headline BMC line-up next month in Yorkshire

Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) is the latest headline name to be confirmed for the Tour de Yorkshire in May. 

The Tour, which starts in Beverley on 3rd May, will see the 32-year-old looking to move on from a disappointing Spring Classics campaign that delivered zero victories – a far cry from his dominant 2017 form that saw him win Paris-Roubaix, the Omloop Het Niewsblad, E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem.

It will be the Belgian's second appearance at the Tour de Yorkshire, having finished seventh in the 2015 edition. 

Earlier this week it was also confirmed that Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) would be making his return to racing in Yorkshire after having sustained a broken rib in a dramatic crash at Milan-San Remo in March.

The draw of these two riders confirms the Tour de Yorkshire's growth it to one of the most noted stage races on the calendar. This year's edition will also see the addition of a fourth stage in the men's race. 

Speaking about the inclusion of Van Avermaet, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity alluded to the Belgian's attacking nature and how this should excite the onlooking fans.

'It’s fantastic news that Greg will be competing and he is sure to receive a very warm welcome,' said Verity.

'He is one of the most exciting, classy and respected riders in the sport and will no-doubt animate the four days of racing. The final stage should certainly suit him and I look forward to seeing him in action,

'The word has definitely got around the peloton that the Tour de Yorkshire offers huge crowds and exciting racing, and having riders of Greg’s calibre in attendance will be a huge draw to the millions of spectators we’re expecting to line the race route.'

The men's Tour de Yorkshire will start on Thursday 3rd May in Beverley before reaching its conclusion on Sunday 6th May in Leeds.