Interview – Lizzy Banks – Stage 1 – Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2019

Lizzy Banks chats to Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc after taking the LNER Best Climber Jersey in Stage 1 of the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2019.

Interview – Lizzy Banks – LNER Best Climber Red Jersey – Stage 1 – Womens Tour De Yorkshire 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Lizzy Banks chats to Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc after taking the LNER Best Climber Jersey in Stage 1 of the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2019. ©All content CyclingShorts.cc | chrismaher.co.uk

 

 

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Tour de Yorkshire Stage 2 Race Report – Barnsley to Bedale

A sprint finish was predicted and a sprint finish was delivered, as the peloton reeled in the early breakaway in the last few kilometres; allowing Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) to fly over the line to take stage two in Bedale.

The race saw an early breakaway formed with Tom Stewart (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes), Fabien Grellier (Total-Direct Energie), Jake Scott (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) and Chris McGlinchey (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK) all racing away from the bunch.

Three of these riders would take the sprint points too as Tom Stewart crossed the Pontefract line ahead of Jake Scott and Chris McGlinchey. The break was then joined by two more riders in the form of WIGGINS teammates James Fouché and Robert Scott.

With 12km to go until the day’s only classified climb at the Cote de Lindley the break was still out in front, although their lead had been cut to around a minute twenty.

It was one of the WIGGINS riders who animated himself enough to take the King of the Mountains points, as James Fouché raced ahead of sprint winner Tom Stewart with Chris McGlinchey taking another third place.

From here the riders got their first and only look at the UCI Road World Championships circuit under race conditions and it seems that the crowd had the same idea as droves of supporters lined the route and watched the peloton ride up Parliament Street and past what will be the finishing straight in September.

Harrogate also saw the second sprint of the day and roles were reversed from the first sprint as Jake Scott took the spoils ahead of Chris McGlinchey and Tom Stewart.

With only a 60 second advantage as the race left Harrogate, it was thought that the bunch sprint would eventually be caught – the peloton wanted no part of another breakaway stage win.

16km to go saw the breakaway riders start to attack each other ahead of the advancing bunch but it was only around 3km to go that the peloton finally regrouped. It was here that the sprint teams started to organise themselves and a bunch sprint ensued.

A few riders looked as though they could take the stage but an emphatic ride from Rick Zabel gave Katusha-Alpecin their first stage victory in Yorkshire.

Continuing Roompot-Charles’ great form at this year’s TDY, Boy van Poppel took second place and with it the Asda points jersey; ahead of Team INEOS’ Chris Lawless who took third.

Stage 2 Results

STAGE RESULT
1.     Rick Zabel – TKA (GER)
2.     Boy van Poppel – ROC (NED) 
3.     Chris Lawless – INS (GBR)
4.     Andy Tennant – DHB (GRB) 
5.     Dan McLay – GBR (GBR)
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1.     Jesper Asselman – ROC (NED) 7h14’50’’ 00″
2.     Rick Zabel – TKA (GER) 7h14’51” 01″
3.     Boy van Poppel – ROC (NED) 7h14’55” 05″
4.     Filippo Fortin – COF (ITA) s.t.
5.     Jacob Hennessy – DHB (GBR) s.t

Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Charles)

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries GC Jersey

Boy van Poppel (Roompot-Charles)

Asda Points Jersey

Jacob Hennessey (Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes)

LNER King of the Mountains Jersey

Jake Scott (Swift Carbon Pro Cycling)

Dimension Data Most Aggressive

TdY Preview - Stage 3

The Tour de Yorkshire continues on Saturday morning with the final stage of the women’s race, it’s followed in the afternoon with stage 3 of the men’s race.

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

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Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
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Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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Race Report: Stage 1 – Tour de Yorkshire – Doncaster to Selby

The 5th edition of the Tour de Yorkshire got underway in a familiar setting this afternoon, as Doncaster changed gears and hosted the start of the race as opposed to one of its famed, exciting finishes.

182.5km, two intermediate sprints and one categorised climb awaited the riders in a stage which everyone thought would end in a bunch sprint; after last year’s shock result which saw local hero Harry Tanfield take the victory on a similar style stage as the break held off the bunch.

The weather conditions weren’t reflective of a year ago and for a time it was thought that thunderstorms could erupt. However, it was metaphorical lightning that hit the race as, for a second year running, the breakway held off the bunch with Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Charles) taking the stage victory; and with it, control of the General Classification standings.

Earlier in the day, fans turned out in their droves to welcome a list of riders, potentially unrivalled in the history of the race.

Local favourites returned to ride on their home roads as Tom Pidcock, British National Champion Connor Swift and last year’s stage winner in Doncaster, Harry Tanfield all signed on to rapturous applause.

They were then joined by two race winners including the reigning champion, Greg Van Avermaet and 2017 champion Serge Pauwels who, after battling it out as rivals in the general classification in 2018, have joined forces to try and help their team CCC take the spoils once again this year. 

This is definitely the biggest victory of my career and I still can’t believe it. It’s really awesome and I will never forget today.

The plan was to get in the break and go for the best climber’s jersey. On the climb I had no explosivity in my legs though so was angry. I kept pushing out of frustration but I thought we’d get caught because the gap was going down really fast in the last 50km. We kept riding really hard and everyone worked well together. In the last few kilometres I realised it might be possible and gambled to start my sprint at the right moment. I went full gas and looked under my elbow near the line and saw there was a big gap behind and I couldn’t believe I was going to win.

We are really happy with this result and it was a beautiful victory. Now let’s see what happens about defending the leader’s jersey.  The last day looks really tough but maybe this jersey will give me an extra boost.

Yorkshire is an awesome place to ride your bike and the fans are always incredible. It’s fantastic that they came out in this weather and it gives you goosebumps to ride through crowds like that. It’s really cool to be here – like being in one of the Classics or the Grand Tours – the public are so enthusiastic. I will never forget today.

Jesper Asselman

Stage 1 Winner & GC Leader, Roompot - Charles

After a disappointing couple of seasons caused by a series of illnesses, Mark Cavendish returned to Yorkshire with self-deprecating comments about his chances but a look in his eye that alluded to the Manx Missile feeling as though he was slowly returning back to form.

Team Sky, who won the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire back in 2015, launched their new identity and kit a day prior to the 2019 edition and Team INEOS was introduced to the cycling world. Fan favourites of this world-renowned team were joined at the start line by one of cycling’s all-time greats, Chris Froome, who lined up for the Tour de Yorkshire for the first time.

Once singing was done, it was all business and the peloton went into the race nervy of the ability of a potential breakaway, but just a few kilometres in a group of riders formed and took off at the head of the course.

The race was then run at a fairly relaxed pace, with the peloton happy to the let the seven riders in the break head on to take the first sprint points of the day with Jacob Hennessy (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes) taking the bonus, closely followed by Liege-Bastogne-Liege U23 champion, Kevin Vermaerke (Hagens Berman Axeon) and Dan Bigham (Team Ribble).

Hennessy would also go on to take the King of the Mountains points after summiting the 1.9km @ 4.6% Cote de Baggaby Hill; and with them, the LNER Red King of the Mountains jersey.

It’s becoming a habit of Canyon riders to form a breakaway and make their mark in Yorkshire and Jacob Hennessy did just that. Not content with the points he had already accrued, he went on to take the second sprint points in Pocklington too.

With 23km to go, the break was down to 4 men and their advantage at 1 minute 53 seconds. A few of the World Tour teams sensed that they needed to gain some control of the race but CCC had bigger problems as reigning champion Greg Van Avermaet suffered a puncture and required a wheel change.

The peloton started to reel in the break but 4 riders refused to give up their lead. Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Charles), eventual Dimension Data jersey winner Dan Bigham (Team Ribble), Sean Flynn (Great Britain Cycling Team) and Kevin Vermaerke (Hagens Berman Axeon) all pushed on.

As the race thundered towards Selby it was Jesper Asselman who had enough left in the tank to hold off the approaching peloton to take an historic win for Roompot Charles and etch his name into Tour de Yorkshire folklore.

Tour de Yorkshire 🚴 on Twitter

Our break looks like it has formed for Stage One with 7 men: @DanBiggles22 @seanflynn @WillTidball1066 @kvermaerke @jacob_hennessy1 @jamesfouche98 @JesperAsselman #TDY https://t.co/tSEN2eJYnu

 

 

Tour De Yorkshire – Eve Of Tour Press Conference 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 – Eve of Tour Press conference held at Leeds Civic Centre. With Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, Greg van Avermaet, Christian Prudhomme, Lizzie Diegnan, Gabriella Shaw, Dame Sarah Storey and Peter Dodd. ©All content CyclingShorts.cc / Chris Maher

 

Oh, I’m very happy but I was a little bit frustrated to be honest, I got to that backend and had nothing left in that sprint.

It was a bit like last year but obviously I didn’t have the kick that Harry had. Obviously, we are track team teammates so I had a few hints from him but honestly, I’m real happy, I was really active, doing everything to try and keep that breakaway. I had a few goes at sprints and King of the Mountain and got second in that. My legs aren’t quite what they were a week or two ago but still, it was a really good day out so I’m well happy.

His plans for the rest of the race?

Probably the same again tomorrow maybe, why not?

Dan Bigham

Dimension Data Jersey Winner, Ribble Pro Cycling

Stage 1 Results

STAGE RESULT
1.     Jesper Asselman – ROC (NED) 4h05’34’’ 00″
2.     Filippo Fortin – COF (ITA) 4h05’39” 05″
3.     Jacob Hennessy – DHB (GBR) s.t
4.     Jonas van Genechten – VCB (BEL) 4h05’41” 07″
5.     Kevin Vermaerke – HBA (USA) s.t
 
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1.     Jesper Asselman – ROC (NED) 4h05’34’’ 00″
2.     Filippo Fortin – COF (ITA) 4h05’39” 05″
3.     Jacob Hennessy – DHB (GBR) s.t
4.     Jonas van Genechten – VCB (BEL) 4h05’41” 07″
5.     Kevin Vermaerke – HBA (USA) s.t

Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Charles)

Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries GC Jersey

Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Charles)

Asda Points Jersey

Jacob Hennessy (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes)

LNER King of the Mountains Jersey

Daniel Bigham - Ribble Pro Cycling

Dimension Data Most Aggressive

TdY Preview - Stage 2

The Tour de Yorkshire continues on Friday morning with the first Stage of the Women’s TdY, and is followed in the afternoon, by stage 2 of the men’s race.

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

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Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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Tour De Yorkshire – Eve Of Tour Press Conference 2019

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 – Eve of Tour Press conference held at Leeds Civic Centre.
With Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, Greg van Avermaet, Christian Prudhomme of organisers A.S.O. Lizzie Diegnan, Gabriella Shaw, Dame Sarah Storey and Peter Dodd of Welcome to Yorkshire.

Tour De Yorkshire – Eve Of Tour Press Conference 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 – Eve of Tour Press conference held at Leeds Civic Centre. With Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, Greg van Avermaet, Christian Prudhomme, Lizzie Diegnan, Gabriella Shaw, Dame Sarah Storey and Peter Dodd. ©All content CyclingShorts.cc / Chris Maher

 

 

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Chris Maher

Chris Maher

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Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
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WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling’s 2020 Plans

Press Release

from WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling

On the eve of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling are happy to announce they will apply for a UCI Women’s World Tour licence in 2020.

WNT ROTOR will put forward an application to be a part of the UCI Women’s World Tour. The new structure which will be introduced by the governing body will become a two-tier system from 2020 and as a team, we plan on being a part of the highest tier.

We are convinced the new system will make female cycling more professional and after having some positive meetings and discussions with UCI president David Lappartient and Morgane Gaultier, the women’s cycling co-ordinator, it looks to be a well thought-out concept and we are hopeful of gaining Women’s World Tour Status.

There are obligations which need to be met, including pay with a newly implemented minimum salary to our riders, as well as other insurances.

The feeling at WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling is that the sport and especially women’s cycling is moving in the right direction and this is another big step forward. We would relish the opportunity to be racing and representing women’s cycling at the top of an ever-changing future.

I think the UCI, David Lappartient and Morgane Gaultier have done a great job, to make an effective change to women’s cycling, we will be registering our interest with excitement to be a part of the 5 world tour teams in 2020.

Claude Sun

Team Manager & Managing Director, WNT ROTOR Pro Cycling & Cutting Tools Europe

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