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Racing Tour de Yorkshire 2019

Team WIGGINS Le Col
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Racing Tour de Yorkshire 2019

Since the first edition in 2015, the Tour de Yorkshire has quickly gained momentum and status as one of the UK's biggest races. Attracting some of the world's greatest bike riders and World Tour teams, we got the reaction of some Team WIGGINS Le Col riders to the news that they'll be in the mix at this year's edition.s, the pair will cover 3200 km, over 50,000 meters of climbing, and nine of the most iconic mountain passes. We sat down to talk about the ride, training and their cause.


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The Tour de Yorkshire last year saw Greg Van Avermaet take the title over four days of thrilling racing. Always drawing an ecstatic throng of support from the public, the race provides one of the very best atmospheres on the professional circuit today.

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This year's race is set to attract riders of the very highest calibre as stage two traces the Harrogate circuit which will make up the World Championship course later in the season. Keen to test their legs and recon the route, the Tour de Yorkshire will provide a fascinating insight into who might wear the rainbow jersey in 2020.

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I’ve raced the Tour de Yorkshire once before with Team GB, but, riding it with the Team WIGGINS Le Col guys is a different thing. A good few of us have our roots here in Yorkshire, and to us, racing alongside World Tour guys in front of your friends and family is a dream. Looking towards the world champs, it’s also perfect preparation for that. I can’t wait to get out there and give them something to cheer about. - Tom Pidcock

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Getting the chance to race in Yorkshire, of course it's a bit special. Every kid who loves bikes grows up riding their local roads like it’s some big pro race. Racing the Tour de Yorkshire, I get to do just that – it’s magic. The flip side though, racing the big names, it’s a big chance to make a name for yourself, so, that’s what we’ve got to go out there and do. – Gabz Cullaigh

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The Tour de Yorkshire last year saw Greg Van Avermaet take the title over four days of thrilling racing. Always drawing an ecstatic throng of support from the public, the race provides one of the very best atmospheres on the professional circuit today.

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For the lads, a spot to ride the Tour de Yorkshire is such a gift. It’s not often as developing U23 riders that you get the chance to race with the finished articles at World Tour level. It’s a solid bridge race for the team too – they’re on home turf at a race ahead of the worlds.

Big names will be there, and they’ve got a chance to learn from them, and maybe even give them a little dig - you can’t ask for more than that. - Sir Bradley Wiggins
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Hearing the Team had made the grade for the Tour de Yorkshire was really positive. It reflects the talent and support out there for the WIGGINS Le Col guys, and presents a massive opportunity for them.

The guys know how to race, but it’s a step up again, and getting that chance to knock on the door of the World Tour is such a draw. It’s a big point of pride for me that we can be helping deliver that. - Yanto Barker - Founder
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Since the first edition in 2015, the Tour de Yorkshire has quickly gained momentum and status as one of the UK's biggest races. Attracting some of the world's greatest bike riders and World Tour teams, we got the reaction of some Team WIGGINS Le Col riders to the news that they'll be in the mix at this year's edition.

The Course

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"Coming from the Southern Hemisphere into a Northern Hemisphere race calendar, I think the only real challenge is not doing too many races throughout December and January when it's peak racing season in NZ. If you manage that well then I think there are only benefits from living down here throughout the European winter. It makes it easy going out for training in sunny warm weather, especially since this is the time for base training with lots of kilometres."

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The Tour de Yorkshire last year saw Greg Van Avermaet take the title over four days of thrilling racing. Always drawing an ecstatic throng of support from the public, the race provides one of the very best atmospheres on the professional circuit today.

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This year's race is set to attract riders of the very highest calibre as stage two traces the Harrogate circuit which will make up the World Championship course later in the season. Keen to test their legs and recon the route, the Tour de Yorkshire will provide a fascinating insight into who might wear the rainbow jersey in 2020.

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"Coming from the Southern Hemisphere into a Northern Hemisphere race calendar, I think the only real challenge is not doing too many races throughout December and January when it's peak racing season in NZ. If you manage that well then I think there are only benefits from living down here throughout the European winter. It makes it easy going out for training in sunny warm weather, especially since this is the time for base training with lots of kilometres."

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"Coming from the Southern Hemisphere into a Northern Hemisphere race calendar, I think the only real challenge is not doing too many races throughout December and January when it's peak racing season in NZ. If you manage that well then I think there are only benefits from living down here throughout the European winter. It makes it easy going out for training in sunny warm weather, especially since this is the time for base training with lots of kilometres."

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I’ve raced the Tour de Yorkshire once before with Team GB, but, riding it with the Team WIGGINS Le Col guys is a different thing. A good few of us have our roots here in Yorkshire, and to us, racing alongside World Tour guys in front of your friends and family is a dream. Looking towards the world champs, it’s also perfect preparation for that. I can’t wait to get out there and give them something to cheer about. - Tom Pidcock
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Getting the chance to race in Yorkshire, of course it’s a bit special. Every kid who loves bikes grows up riding their local roads like it’s some big pro race. Racing the Tour de Yorkshire, I get to do just that – it’s magic. The flip side though, racing the big names, it’s a big chance to make a name for yourself, so, that’s what we’ve got to go out there and do. – Gabz Cullaigh
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"Coming from the Southern Hemisphere into a Northern Hemisphere race calendar, I think the only real challenge is not doing too many races throughout December and January when it's peak racing season in NZ. If you manage that well then I think there are only benefits from living down here throughout the European winter. It makes it easy going out for training in sunny warm weather, especially since this is the time for base training with lots of kilometres."

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Hearing the team had made the grade for the Tour de Yorkshire was really positive. It reflects the talent and support out there for the WIGGINS Le Col guys, and presents a massive opportunity for them. The guys know how to race, but it’s a step up again, and getting that chance to knock on the door of the World Tour is such a draw. It’s a big point of pride for me that we can be helping deliver that. - Yanto Barker - Founder

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"Coming from the Southern Hemisphere into a Northern Hemisphere race calendar, I think the only real challenge is not doing too many races throughout December and January when it's peak racing season in NZ. If you manage that well then I think there are only benefits from living down here throughout the European winter. It makes it easy going out for training in sunny warm weather, especially since this is the time for base training with lots of kilometres."

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James Fouché - NZL - 20

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"Having won the New Zealand national championships, I am really excited and roaring to get racing to show my new jersey off. It's always been a dream of mine wear the Silver Fern, so for it to become a reality is beyond words."

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With the race fast approaching, Team WIGGINS Le Col aren't the only Le Col backed team taking on the world. Team Ribble also will be competing in the men's race, whilst in the Women's edition, Drops Cycling and Team Storey will be looking to make their mark.

With the team targeting top level performances in the coming year, we look forward to hearing more from our riders throughout the season, with their insight on the pro-circuit and its demands. With the first race of the season approaching fast, we'll be bringing you news of how the team get on at the Tour of Antalya UCI 2.2 race.


With the race fast approaching, Team WIGGINS Le Col aren't the only Le Col backed team taking on the world. Pro Ribble Cycling also will be competing in the men's race, whilst in the Women's edition, Drops Cycling and Team Storey will be looking to make their mark.