Lizzie Deignan is the latest star rider to confirm her attendance as the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire is now just 50 days away.
Deignan (née Armitstead) will return to her home county for the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday 29 April, which will see the world’s best riders tackling a tough 122.5km route from Tadcaster to Harrogate.
The 2015 world champion revealed she got goose-bumps when she lined up for last year’s race in her native Otley. The 28-year-old finished on the same time as eventual winner Kirsten Wild after her brave late attack was cancelled out by the peloton.
Deignan – who will compete with her Dutch-registered Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team squad - is hoping to improve on her 26th-placed finish this time around, and the course could suit her with the testing Côte de Lofthouse climb coming at the halfway point in the race.
The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire will take place on the same course as the second stage of the men’s race, with the women starting at 09:10am and the men at 14:00pm. The races are likely to culminate in Harrogate at approximately 12:30pm and 17:00pm respectively.
The men’s race will start with a 173km stage from Bridlington to Scarborough 24 hours earlier and culminate with a 194.5km trek from Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield on Sunday.