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The 44th edition of the Volta ao Algarve, which will be held from 14 to 18 February 2018, was presented today in Faro. The Portuguese Cycling Federation, organizer of the race, wants to cement the Volta ao Algarve as one of the best Portuguese sporting events and wants to show the Algarve as one of the best places in world for cycling all over the year.


The eight host locations for 2018 Tour de Yorkshire have been unveiled today. The stages for the newly expanded fourth edition will begin or end in:

Barnsley (South Yorkshire)

Beverley (East Yorkshire)

Doncaster (South Yorkshire)

Halifax (Calderdale)

Ilkley (Bradford)

Leeds (West Yorkshire)

Richmond (North Yorkshire)

Scarborough (North Yorkshire)

Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) revealed the locations for the newly expanded four-day men’s race which will take place between 3-6 May. The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire – which is doubling in size from one to two days - will be held over 3-4 May.

The third edition took place in April and saw the race go from strength to strength once again. A record 2.2 million spectators lined the route and generated £64 million for the Yorkshire economy. The action was also beamed live in 180 countries and attracted 9.7 million global TV viewers on Eurosport and ITV alone.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a true success story and in just three years it has grown to become one of the best attended and most dramatic races on the cycling calendar.

Of course, with the men’s race being extended to four days and the women’s race now being held over two, it means we can visit more parts of the county and I know our eight start and finish locations will put on a real show.”

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France at the A.S.O, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire has gone from strength to strength over the last three years and we are delighted to be working in partnership with such a great team at Welcome to Yorkshire.

The way people get behind the race in Yorkshire is incredible and we are looking forward to another fantastic edition in 2018.”

Julie Harrington, Chief Executive of British Cycling, said: "Next year's Tour de Yorkshire is shaping up to be the best yet with more stages for the men's and women's races and, at British Cycling, we're looking forward to working with colleagues and partners across the county to use the inspiration of the world's best riders to get even more people on bikes."

Next year’s Tour will once again see the return of the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride sportive and give the chance for Tour Makers to volunteer on the race route and help welcome the millions of spectators.

Many of the host towns announced today are also home to Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries, a direct legacy of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire, which aim to offer every child in Yorkshire access to a bike. So far 46 libraries have opened across the county and over 5,000 bikes have been donated.

The full 2018 race route will be unveiled at The Piece Hall in Halifax on Tuesday 5 December 2017 – this announcement will include exact start and finish locations and the distance and profile of each stage.

 


Key facts:

The 69th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné (June 4–11) will bring many of the Tour de France favourites head-to-head, pitting them against the fearsome Mont du Chat for the first time in competitive racing.

The heart of the mountain trilogy which will separate the wheat from the chaff takes the Dauphiné to the Alpe d'Huez for the second time in history… with a brand-new finish.


The following teams have been chosen to take part in the 81th Flèche Wallonne (Wednesday, April 19) and the 103nd Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Sunday, April 23) :

In accordance with Union Cycliste Internationale rules, the following eighteen UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to those two races:

AG2R La Mondiale (Fra)

Astana Pro Team (Kaz)

Bahrain Merida (Brn)

BMC Racing Team (USA)

Bora Hansgrohe (Ger)

Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team (USA)

FDJ (Fra)

Lotto Soudal (Bel)

Movistar Team (Spa)

Orica Scott (Aus)

Quick-Step Floors (Bel)

Team Dimension Data (RSA)

Team Katusha - Alpecin (Sui)

Team Lotto NL - Jumbo (Nld)

Team Sky (Gbr)

Team Sunweb (Ger)

Trek – Segafredo (USA)

UAE Abu Dhabi (UAE)

In addition to these eighteen teams, the organisers have awarded the following wildcards:

LA FLECHE WALLONNE 2017

Aqua Blue Sport (Ir)

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (Fra)

Direct Energie (Fra)

Fortuneo - Vital Concept (Fra)

Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise (Bel)

Wanty – Groupe Gobert (Bel)

WB Veranclassic Aqua Project (Bel)

LIEGE-BASTOGNE-LIEGE 2017

Aqua Blue Sport (Irl)

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (Fra)

Direct Energie (Fra)

Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij (Nld)

Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise (Bel)

Wanty – Groupe Gobert (Bel)

WB Veranclassic Aqua Project (Bel)

The following teams have been chosen to take part in the 20th Flèche Wallonne Femmes (Wednesday, April 19) and the 1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Sunday, April 23) :

Alé Cipollini (Ita)

Astana Women’s Team (Kaz)

Bepink Cogeas (Ita)

Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam (Nld)

BTC City Ljubljana (Slov)

Canyon Sram Racing (Ger)

Cervélo – Bigla Pro Cycling Team (Ger)

Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (Fra)

Hitec Products (Nor)

Lares Waowdeals Women Cycling Team (Bel)

Lensworld Kuota (Bel)

Lotto Soudal Ladies (Bel)

Orica Scott (Aus)

Servetto Giusta (Ita)

Team Sunweb (Nld)

Team Veloconcept Women (Dan)

Wiggle High5 (Gbr)

WM3 Pro Cycling Team (Nld)

In addition to these teams, the organisers have awarded the following wildcards:

LA FLECHE WALLONNE 2017

Bizkaia Durango (Spa)

Drops (Gbr)

France (Fra)

S.C Michela Fanini (Ita)

Sport Vlaanderen Etixx (Bel)

LIEGE-BASTOGNE-LIEGE 2017

Bizkaia Durango (Spa)

Drops (Gbr)

SAS Macogep (Can)

S.C Michela Fanini (Ita)

Sport Vlaanderen Etixx (Bel)

Credits A.S.O. 

 

The organisers of the Tour de France have chosen the teams that will take part in the 75th edition of Paris-Nice (March 5-12), the 69th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné (June 4-11) and the 104th edition of the Tour de France (July 1-23).

In accordance with Union Cycliste Internationale rules, the following eighteen UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race:

AG2R La Mondiale (Fra)

Astana Pro Team (Kaz)

Bahrain - Merida (Brn)

BMC Racing Team (USA)

Bora – Hansgrohe (Ger)

Cannondale Drapac Professional Cycling Team (USA)

FDJ (Fra)

Lotto Soudal (Bel)

Movistar Team (Spa)

Orica - Scott (Aus)

Quick-Step Floors (Bel)

Team Dimension Data (RSA)

Team Katusha - Alpecin (Sui)

Team Lotto NL - Jumbo (Nld)

Team Sky (GBR)

Team Sunweb (Ger)

Trek – Segafredo (USA)

UAE Abu Dhabi (UAE)

In addition to these eighteen teams, the organisers have awarded the following wildcards:

TOUR DE FRANCE 2017

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (Fra)

Direct Energie (Fra)

Fortuneo - Vital Concept (Fra)

Wanty – Groupe Gobert (Bel)

PARIS-NICE 2017

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (Fra)

Delko Marseille Provence KTM (Fra)

Direct Energie (Fra)

Fortuneo - Vital Concept (Fra)

CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE 2017

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (Fra)

Delko Marseille Provence KTM (Fra)

Direct Energie (Fra)

Wanty – Groupe Gobert (Bel)

Credits A.S.O.

 

The leader of the Direct Energie Team, Thomas Voeckler, announced that he would be at the start of the 12th edition of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo (27 February-5 March). He will come to Gabon to ride the major race of the African UCI calendar for the 4th time of his career after 2012, 2014 and 2016 and he has already won a stage in 2012 in Akiéni. The former French champion and yellow jersey of the Tour de France likes the roads of the Gabon test which constitutes for him a good start of his season.

The Tropicale Amissa Bongo will take place in seven stages across five provinces of the country from February 27th until March 5th. Five professional teams, two of which are registered in UCI Continental Pro (Direct Energie and Delko-Marseille Provence-KTM), will compete with the best ten teams from Africa to succeed the french rider Adrien Petit, the final winner in 2016.