Sport Friday, April 29th Words by: Adam Knight, pictures by: NFTO

Chasing jerseys: The 5 things you need to know about NFTO's Tour de Yorkshire bid

Sport Friday, April 29th

Chasing jerseys: The 5 things you need to know about NFTO's Tour de Yorkshire bid

The NFTO team are back in God’s Own Country this weekend for the Tour de Yorkshire.

It’s one of the biggest races of the UK, and, with last year’s inaugural event seeing 1.5 million people turn out to watch (no, that’s not a typo) it’s arguably the biggest sporting stage in the UK full-stop.  

Back with a vengeance, the Hereford-based team are chasing jerseys in White Rose country.

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Last May, a leg-busting performance from Ian Bibby saw the NFTO star take the honours for Most Aggressive rider. But with some local knowledge in the form of the team’s first-year Directeur Sportif Tom Barras, and the addition of talented ex-Team Sky climber Josh Edmonson – also a proud Yorkshireman – the team are eyeing the points title and the hugely-respected, conspicuously pink, King of the Mountains jersey.

Barras – who will act as the team’s strategic guru during the race – told the Guardian: “I want someone on the podium this weekend.

“There’s no bigger stage than this for us, and we want to make sure we’re in the hunt.

“The beauty of cycling is anything can happen.”

 

 

If you can’t make the trek up north to catch the action in person, you can track the team’s progress live on Eurosport and ITV4, and through their awesome social media accounts herehere and here.

Now, here’s all you need to know about le Tour, in two minutes:

1.

18 teams will be lining up on the start line today, with NFTO going up against seven top tier Wold Tour teams.

36-year-old Bradley Wiggins will take the headlines but 2015 champ Lars Petter Norshaug (Team Sky) is the favourite.

 

 

2.

The men’s race is over three days. They started in Beverley today – in what looked like some pretty grim conditions – before heading East 185km to Settle. Day Two is Otley to Donacaster, and the final day is a 198km slog from Middlesbrough to Scarborough.

Of interest to NFTO, nine of the ten KOM climbs happen over the final two days.

 

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3.

With all the current controversy surrounding the treatment of women in cycling, the TdY is leading the way.

The one-day women’s race, which officially starts in world champ Lizzie Armistead’s home town, has a bigger prize pot for its winner (£15,628) than the men’s.

 

4.

There are five main jerseys to look out for. General Classification (the overall leader): Light Blue. Sprint: Green. Mountains: Pink. Most Aggressive: Grey. Best British: Dark Blue.

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5.

How to watch: ITV4 will be showing the race live each day, including the women’s race on Saturday and providing nightly, hour-long highlights programmes (Fri 7-8pm, Sat 8-9pm and Sun 7-8pm).

 Stuck in the office? You can stream that online here if you sign with ITV for free.

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