De­light for Tan­field af­ter Ka­tusha deal

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

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.

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