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WATCH: Former pro cyclist David Millar previews Tour de Yorkshire Sportive route

Retired British cyclist back in the saddle  with 6,000 riders for May 3 challenge

A former pro-cyclist is getting back in the saddle to join the Tour de Yorkshire Sportive riders.

David Millar, who retired from the Garmin-Sharp team last year, will join 6,000 other riders on May 3 for the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride.

He will be joined on the starting line by his father Gordon, who has recently taken up the sport.

The Scottish cyclist is one of only two Brits to have worn the leader's jersey at all three of the Grand Tours.

The Sportive offers amateur cyclists 55km, 109km, 142km and a 55km women’s only Cycletta sportive, revisiting parts of last year's Tour de France route.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com Former pro-cyclist and Maserati GB brand ambassador David Millar
Former pro-cyclist and Maserati GB brand ambassador David Millar

To help participants prepare for the event, Millar has made a preview video detailing some of the more challenging stages of the route.

In the video (above), he discusses the four key climbs along the route: Côte de Chevin, Côte de Hebden Bridge, Côte de Goose Eye and Côte de Cow and Calf, giving a rider's-eye view of each climb.

He said: “We wanted to give the riders of the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride a look at the route as there are a few very hard climbs. Parts of the route were used in Stage Two of last year’s Tour de France with many parts catching out the pro-riders.

“It’s important not to underestimate the difficulty of this route. On the climbs you need to make sure you put on very small gears as it is going to be hard, especially if it rains. I’m very excited to be heading up to Yorkshire and competing in what will be an iconic ride for everyone involved.”

The ride will start and finish at Roundhay Park in Leeds, preceding the third and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, which will pass through Huddersfield and Calderdale.

Places are still available for the women's Cycletta — click here for more information.


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