OTLEY'S Lizzie Deignan will be part of a star-studded line-up for the Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire.
And among the 2015 world road race champion's opponents will be her Boels Dolmans colleague Anna van der Breggen on April 29
The Olympic road race gold medal winner from Rio beat Deignan into second place in last weekend's Amstel Gold race in Holland.
Two-time World Champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle High5) and 2017 Tour of Flanders winner Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) will be on the start line along with national champion Hannah Barnes.
The three-day men's Tour de Yorkshire, which starts on April 28, also has a star studded cast.
Luke Rowe, Nacer Bouhanni and Caleb Ewan are among those set to compete.
Welshman Rowe, who has been part of the last two Tour de France wins, will be joined in a strong Team Sky line up by Olympic gold medallist Owain Doull and 2016 world track champion Jonathan Dibben.
Bouhanni is one of the world’s top sprinters and has five Grand Tour stage wins to his name.
Already this season he has claimed the Nokere Koerse and Paris–Camembert titles and will head up the Cofidis Solutions Credits team.
Fellow sprinter Ewan leads the Orica-Scott charge in a squad that also includes 2016 Paris-Roubaix winner Mathew Hayman.
Three former race winners in Lars Petter Nordhaug (Aqua Blue Sport), Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) and Kirsten Wild (Cylance Pro Cycling) are part of the line-up along with British Road Race champions Adam Blythe (Dimension Data) and Burley-in-Wharfedale's Scott Thwaites (Dimension Data).
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said: “It is exciting to be able to unveil this first wave of big-name riders and the strength of this list demonstrates how highly the Tour de Yorkshire is regarded.
“The third edition will be the biggest and best one yet, and with world champions, Olympic gold medallists and Grand Tour stage winners on the start list, we can guarantee three days of great racing."