Professional cyclist Mark Cavendish has confirmed he will be riding the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire.
The 33-year-old, whose mother lives in Harrogate, received a hero’s welcome when he competed in last year’s race which has influenced his decision to compete again.
Cavendish has won 30 Tour de France stages in a career that also includes the 2011 UCI Road World Championships title and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
He joins four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, Marcel Kittel and Lizzie Deignan who have already announced they will be competing in the 2019 edition.
Cavendish will join that trio onstage at the Tour de Yorkshire Eve of Tour celebrations in Millennium Square in Leeds on Wednesday 1st May.