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Race Report

Tour de Yorkshire

2nd - 5th May 2019

The Tour de Yorkshire is a four-day race that encompasses all four corners of the county and taking in 150 villages, towns and cities along the way. Day one began at Doncaster, covering 182.5 km Gabriel Cullaigh was Team Wiggins highest finisher for the day and ended up in an impressive 5th place at the end point of the race in Selby.

The second day of the race was an action-packed day beginning in Barnsley and finishing in Bedale. There was a flurry of early attacks in the cold and damp conditions as the peloton set out on their 132km route towards the World Championships finishing circuit in Harrogate, which resulted in a group of four riders getting away. Luckily Team WIGGINS Le Col riders Rob Scott and New Zealand National Champion James Fouche managed to break away from the bunch together to join the front group making it a group of six out front, grabbing the attention for the excellent live tv coverage, for near the entire stage.

By the time the leaders approached the only climb of the day on the Cote de Lindley they were on the Worlds course that will be used in September and Team Wiggins’ James Fouche opened up a gap on the rest of the break before taking maximum King of the Mountains points on the climb. Unfortunately, the break was caught close to the finish with the day ending in a bunch sprint and a top 20 result for Team WIGGINS Le Col's Gabriel Cullaigh.

Day 3 unfortunately started badly with young Tom Pidcock being forced to not start the stage due to sickness, but the rest of the team riders rallied together and were determined to get amongst it. A wet and windy day on the road from Bridlington to Scarborough saw hard racing for much of the stage, taking almost 30km of the stage for the break to form. Nine riders broke away including Team Wiggins Robert Scott for the second day in a row. Rob was the main beneficiary of the break, leading over the Côtes de Silpho, Hooks House Farm and Lythe Bank to take over the lead of the mountain classification. It was a great ride by the British U23 National Road Race Champion.

At 50km from the line it was over for the break, with the peloton making the catch and the WorldTour teams driving a split at the front soon afterwards. The race was blown apart by the time it reached the double-digit gradients of the Côte de Grosmont, with around 20 riders forming a lead group including Team Wiggins’ very impressive Mark Christian. The group swiftly built a 30-second advantage, working well together to build the lead over the chasing peloton to then contest for the stage win. Mark Christian finished the day 12th on the stage moving him up to 15th in the General Classification, on the same time as 4th place GC, making the final day of racing all to play for.

The final day of the Tour of Yorkshire was going to be a difficult one with the fourth stage being 175km from Halifax to Leeds. Team Wiggins had another successful day with Gabriel Cullaigh finishing a highly impressive 8th on the stage to finish 16th GC, Mark Christian finished 20th on the stage to finish 15th GC. Unfortunately, Rob Scott could not defend his mountains jersey on the final stage of the race but went down fighting to finish 2nd in the mountain’s classification. Team Wiggins as a whole finished 5th best team overall out of the 18 teams participating- this was a very impressive result for a group of young riders.

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