Thomas Voeckler the defending champion is hopeful to go out on a high. Reason he carry on to wind down his career of Tour de Yorkshire this weekend.
The rider from France will ride his final and 15th Tour de France in July. He has got his defense under way in the first stage of Friday from Bridlington to Scarborough.
Voeckler is not 37 years and speaking about his experience he said “Throughout the race I have been relishing every moment and it feels special for that,”
The Team Sky challenge was led by Welshman Luke Rowe and Adam Blythe the British champion is one among the top sprinters.
Blythe, who is not 27 years old and represent Aqua Blue Sport, said, “In the Tour de Yorkshire, we are bringing a team that is very strong,”
“It is unlikely to see mass sprint looks in the opening stage; however, I hope in the second one, I will be in the mix. It would be completely unbelievable to win here, and having a jersey of national champion on my shoulders.”
173 km stage on Friday could favor Voeckler, who is an aggressive rider and will enjoy the three categorized climbs of the day in the North Yorkshire Moors, ahead of finishing on seafront Scarborough – the final stage was won by him last year to take the title. Moreover, the rider Direct-Energie is resolute to enjoy racing, having the number one on his back.
He said “In the race the crowds have always been very supportive and warm for me. The welcome I got here is thing that I will never forget, also the victory of last year victory and the famous number one on my back.”
“I love this race, people and everything here” he added.