Charly Wegelius weighs in on Yorkshire road debate

"...Somebody is going to win three stages of the Tour de France by the time we leave the UK, and that’s not to be dismissed."

Marcel Kittel tops out over the Bradfield climb before the descent down Kirk Edge Road towards Oughtibridge

Garmin-Sharp sports director Charly Wegelius has adopted a pragmatic approach in his analysis of the opening road stages of this year’s Tour de France here amongst murmurs some of the iconic narrow lanes that feature may be dangerous.

Wegelius will be in the driving seat when the peloton leaves Leeds on Saturday and there is perhaps no better person to ask than the former pro, who was educated in York and made his Tour debut in 2007 when the prestigious race last visited UK shores.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.