Chris Froome could be set to compete in the Tour de Yorkshire - watch the video

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome could be racing through the streets of Scarborough, Bridlington and Whitby later this year.

He says he has set his sights on riding in this year's Tour de Yorkshire, as part of the preparations for the race across the channel later in the summer.

The Tour de Yorkshire heads from Bridlington to Scarborough on May 4

The Tour de Yorkshire heads from Bridlington to Scarborough on May 4

Froome explained: "Yorkshire hosted the start of the Tour de France a few years ago and the atmosphere was just incredible. The Tour de Yorkshire has been growing year on year and I’d love to get out there this year."

The team also revealed Froome hopes to be a part of the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire in September where he’ll race for Great Britain along with the reigning Tour de France Champion Geraint Thomas.

Thomas said: "Looking at the course for Worlds in Yorkshire, I think the Men’s Elite Individual Time Trial will be my best chance of getting a title. It’ll be a good goal to have for the end of the year. I certainly want to be there because the support in Yorkshire is unbelievable. I think it’s going to be a massive World Championships and I want to be a part of it."

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: ‘Both Chris and Geraint raced in Yorkshire when we hosted the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014 so have first-hand experience of the incredible crowds and carnival atmosphere here in Yorkshire.

"They will be guaranteed the hugest of Yorkshire welcomes for the Tour de Yorkshire and the UCI Road World Championships and we can’t wait to see them race on our county’s roads."

Stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire takes place on Saturday, May 4 and goes from Bridlington to Scarborough, via Whitby