Marcel Kittel to start in Tour de Yorkshire
Apr 25 2019 06:32 pm CET

Marcel Kittel to start in Tour de Yorkshire
Marcel Kittel to start in Tour de Yorkshire
Photo of Marcel Kittel by Siebe Kok (CyclingPub.com)

Katusha-Alpecin's Marcel Kittel has confirmed his attendance at the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire. The rider will return to racing at the British race after the Scheldeprijs, early in April.

Kittel is coming back to race after starting for the last time in 2015. The German already has a special history with the English county as he took there the victory of the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France and the Yellow Jersey that he got to wear in the second stage between York and Sheffield.

"It’s going to be nice to be back in Yorkshire because of all the memories I have from 2014," Kittel commented. "It's a great experience to race there in front of all those spectators and I'm looking forward to it."

Next to Kittel will be local rider Harry Tanfield, who took an outstanding solo victory in last year's edition of the race and got to wear shortly the leader's jersey. "Last year’s win was the best result I’ve ever had and the Tour de Yorkshire is so well known," he explained.

"After stage one I was wearing a jersey every day. I couldn't believe it. It's one of those things that you think will never happen. Just being able to keep a jersey on my back the whole time was pretty cool and I can’t wait to ride it again in Katusha Alpecin colours."

Australian Nathan Haas, who topped the mountain classification in 2016, will also return to the British race. "The Tour de Yorkshire is brilliant," he said. "It's a growing event and ever since I last raced there in 2016, I’ve been wanting to come back.

"The fans are some of the wildest and most committed I’ve ever known. In 2016 the final stage was seriously cold but the hills were lined out with fans making a noise like I couldn’t believe. Safe to say, I'm excited to be coming back."

The Tour de Yorkshire will be held between the second and the fifth of May.




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