By Finley Crebolder
Leeds have begun preparations for the arrival of the fourth edition of the Tour de Yorkshire, with the race coming to the city at the end of this week.
When is it?
The tour begins on Thursday in Beverley, and will make its way up to the area of Leeds for this Sunday, the 6th of May. On the day, the riders will begin at 12:10 in Halifax and, if the race goes to schedule, they’ll be arriving in Leeds at around 17:00 in the evening for the final sprint.
Where is it?
Coming down from the north, the riders will cycle through Otley and Kirkstall on their way to Leeds. They will then come on to Stanningley Road and begin their approach to the city centre for the final sprint. The finish line for the tour will be at The Headrow.
Who’s in it?
An abundance of famous names in the world of cycling will be competing in the tour. The most familiar to British fans will be Mark Cavendish, the Olympic medallist and winner of 30 Tour de France stages. Being a specialist sprinter, he’ll be hoping to win the final stage in Leeds. Serge Pauwels, the reigning champion, is competing again and is the favourite to defend his title, whilst Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Van Avermaet is riding in it for the first time.
More locally, Tom Pidcock is born and bred in Leeds and at 18 years of age, is considered one of the hottest prospects in the sport. He has won multiple junior world titles and will be riding for JLT Condor.
How will it affect you?
As always, the tour will affect day to day life in Leeds on the Sunday.
There will be closures throughout the city on the day from 10:15 to 18:30, with major roads such as Station Road and Main Street being affected.
There also be public transport disruptions. Trains should remain largely unaffected, although with the route passing by Kirkstall Forge Train Station, it could become overcrowded. Buses on the other hand will be largely affected, with any passing through the centre likely to be forced to take different routes or be cancelled altogether. More information will be released on https://www.wymetro.com/ closer to the day.