Video: Cyclist David Millar gives his take on the Tour de Yorkshire route

British ex-pro cyclist David Millar. Credit Alex Whitehead - SWpix
British ex-pro cyclist David Millar. Credit Alex Whitehead - SWpix
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British ex-pro cyclist David Millar has confirmed he will join 6000 other amateur riders for the first time since his retirement, to take part in the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride on Sunday, May 3.

Millar will take his place on the start line alongside his father Gordon, who has only just recently taken up cycling, for company along the iconic Yorkshire route.

The event offers riders the choice of a 55km, 109km, 142km and 55km women’s only Cycletta sportive - all of which take place on the same day and many of the same roads as the third and final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire Pro ride. Indeed much of the route was part of the iconic 2014 Yorkshire Grand Départ stage of the Tour de France.

Millar, who rode part of the route in March as part of the launch of Maserati Cycling, 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.”