Harry Tan­field eye­ing Clas­sics in de­but pro sea­son

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Harry Tan­field is “quite ner­vous” about mak­ing the leap from the Con­ti­nen­tal ranks to the World­tour, but rel­ishes the op­por­tu­ni­ties to ride the Clas­sics with Ka­tusha-alpecin.

The 23-year-old English­man will de­but in the pro­fes­sional ranks in 2019 with Team Ka­tusha-alpecin. He is eye­ing the early-sea­son races in the Mid­dle East with an op­por­tu­nity to ride the Clas­sics.

“It’s what I’ve wanted to do since be­ing a se­nior, but I am quite ner­vous ac­tu­ally,” Tan­field told CW.

“I’ve done some races at that level, but not that many. I hope to ride in the desert races in the early sea­son and then into the Clas­sics. I’d love to do Paris-roubaix.”

He is cur­rently rac­ing for Bri­tish team Canyon-eis­berg. This sea­son, he im­pressed by win­ning stage one of the Tour of York­shire, where Ka­tusha also raced. That and the na­tional time trial re­sult, sand­wiched between win­ner Geraint Thomas (Sky) and fu­ture team-mate Alex Dowsett (Ka­tusha-alpecin), helped seal the deal.

Soon af­ter, Ka­tusha gen­eral man­ager José Azevedo be­gan chat­ting with Canyon-eis­berg sports di­rec­tor Tim Elver­son, and an agree­ment was made for 2019 and 2020.

“They want to im­prove in the TTT set-up,” said Tan­field. “It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see what I can bring to that. I don’t know where Tony Martin is go­ing to ride next year, but it’ll be in­ter­est­ing to fill his boots! I’ll try!”

Tan­field: head­ing to Ka­tusha

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