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'I'm a bit scared to be honest': Katie Archibald on her Wiggle-High5 debut at the Tour de Yorkshire

Joe Robinson
2 May 2018

Cyclist caught up wth the recent Commonwealth Games champion on her return to the road

Four months into the season and Katie Archibald will only just make her debut for new team Wiggle-High5. Not because of injury or bad form, the opposite in fact. The Scot was busy winning another track World Championships and Commonwealth Games gold medal. 

Now these two goals have been ticked off, the 24-year-old will be heading back to the road for this week's Tour de Yorkshire in its newly expanded two-day format.

However, Archibald is keen for an understated return to road racing.

'It feels strange and I don't want to draw attention to it being May and my first race in Wiggle-High5 kit,' Archibald admitted.

'I'm a bit scared to be honest. A new season and a new team and new roles. I'm just keen the get the build-up out of the way now.'

Returning to the road in Yorkshire will certainly be tough. Stage 2 of the race is for the climbers with ascents of the Cote de Blacker Hill and Cote de Ole Pool Bank before the final summit finish upon the steep Cote de Cow and Calf in Ikley.

Archibald is aware that the mix of a tough climbing stage alongside her unique start to the season will call for some hard racing. 

'I made a point of tapering specifically for the Worlds in March and then I tapered again for the Commonwealth Games last month which means I have had a very different start to this road season.'

Archibald added, 'I actually feel quite fresh because of it but it's just a matter of whether the miles are there. It's a tough parcours.

'It's kind of hellistic those who enjoy the narrow roads you get racing in the UK.'

Despite its guarantee of being a tough race, Archibald is sure in her role. Wiggle-High5 will have the option of previous winner of the Tour de Yorkshire Kirstin Wild for the opening sprint stage and Elisa Longo Borghini for Stage 2 and the overall victory, and it will be Archibald's job to keep them well placed.

'It is two days of racing but the two days are almost completely different races with one for the sprinters and one for the climbers.

'My ambition will be to protect Kirstin on day one and then to help Elisa before the final climb on Stage 2,' Archibald said.

'It could all be over in the first day if you get in the wrong position. So we have to just stay strong and stay well positioned.'

The women's Tour de Yorkshire begins tomorrow with Stage 1 from Beverley to Doncaster with live coverage on ITV4.