Delight for Tanfield after Katusha deal
CYCLING: Yorkshire pro cycling rider Harry Tanfield will take on some of the best riders in the world next season after signing for World Tour team Katusha Alpecin.
The 23-year-old, from Great Ayton, near Middlesbrough, has had a great season so far in 2018 riding for Canyon Eisberg, and his good results have attracted the attention of several top level teams.
Tanfield, who won the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire, has signed a two-year deal with the Katusha squad, who also have fellow Brit Alex Dowsett among their ranks.
“The World Tour has always been the ultimate ambition,” said Tanfield, who was second in the British National Time Trial Championships this year and also won silver at the Commonwealth Games.
“I have a foot in the door now and have two years to prove myself.
“The hard work starts now for me and the challenge is go out and show that I can progress as a rider.”
And Katusha Alpecin’s general manager Jose Azevedo, Tour de France stage winner and three time Portugese national time trial champion, said: “We have been watching Harry for a while now.
“He’s not only a talented time trial rider but we’ve seen on this year’s Tour de Yorkshire he possesses all the skills to win big races.
“While this is a big step for him now, we will provide him with the best possible support to continue his positive development.”
The Ryedale Grand Prix near Ampleforth in North Yorkshire took place yesterday, and it was Doncaster’s Graham Briggs who proved victorious in the 94-mile men’s race, the JLT Condor rider edging to victory ahead of rivals Max Stedman and Connor Swift.
In the women’s 60-mile race, Anna Henderson (Cycle Team OnForm) sprinted to victory, securing second spot overall in the women’s national series.