Reactions: Tour de Yorkshire Selections

Reactions from team bosses and riders at their selection for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

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Reactions: Tour de Yorkshire Selections

Canyon Eisberg Team Boss Tim Elverson
“It was one of our best races last year. It was certainly the race which underlined us as having arrived and we are delighted to be invited back. It is a very organised, fun race in exceedingly good surroundings with some amazing teams. I have very fond memories of last year. We had a great few days. Morale was very high, everyone started well and we delivered.”

Harry Tanfield on the podium in 2017. Picture: Hugh McManus 

“This is a day longer, which might change how it gets raced. There are two particularly tough days, so it is going to be very hard. The extra day offers us an extra chance to show ourselves, though, and another opportunity to get things right. We can’t wait to get stuck in again. We have improved the squad and the riders who have stayed are a year better, so naturally we are going to be able to elevate ourselves in that way”.

“I think we will just be more comfortable in our surroundings, which will make us even more capable of delivering results. Maybe better results. First and foremost, though, it is another chance to go out and play with the big boys, which we will all relish.”

Madison Genesis Rider Matt Holmes (5th in 2017)
“The Tour de Yorkshire is a major target for the team each year and after finishing fifth last year, it will be a personal objective for me next season.

“The Tour de Yorkshire climbs always tend to suit my riding style and 2018 is no exception. The addition of a fourth day of racing will make it more exciting to watch. Teams will find it very hard to control, as Yorkshire provides a perfect backdrop for another spectacular race.

Vitus Pro Cycling Team

Cherie Pridham, the team owner of Vitus Pro Cycling Team, said receiving an invitation to the Tour de Yorkshire from ASO, who also own the Tour de France, was a significant coup for her new team. “I’m just delighted for everyone involved with the team, from the sponsors to the staff to the riders. For a new team to have gained an invitation to such a prestigious race is massive, and shows what is possible when everyone is on the same page”.

“This will be my fourth Tour de Yorkshire as a team manager, and I’ve seen the race grow year-by-year. It’s hugely exciting to be involved in the 2018 edition, and with a fourth stage there will be even greater opportunity for us to make our mark on the race”.

“We’ll take it stage-by-stage, look for the breakaways and fight hard to give our sponsors the publicity they deserve. It’s a great showcase, and we can push on now and prove to partners who want to become involved with cycling just what the possibilities are for a motivated group of staff and riders.”

Storey Racing: “Excited to be lining up for this years le tour Yorkshire – it’s going to be a fantastic event and over two days for the first time. Great line up for the race too”

Team Roompot – NL Loterij: “Absolutely delighted to be part of @letouryorkshire! We are looking forward to this race!”







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