TOUR DE YORKSHIRE: Local rider wins first stage of showcase race

The first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire has been won by local man, Harry Tanfield.

Thursday, 3rd May 2018, 8:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 3rd May 2018, 8:56 pm
Tour de Yorkshire 2018. Stage 1 Beverley to Doncaster. Harry Tanfield takes the stage win in Doncaster. Picture: Chris Etchells.

Day one of the race saw the riders journey 182km from Beverley to Doncaster.

Great Ayton-born Tanfield, who rides for the Canyon Eisberg team, was part of a six-man breakaway which unexpectedly stayed clear all the way to the finish.

The 23-year-old, who won silver in the men's time trial at the Commonwealth Games last month, said 'it still hasn't sunk in'.

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He said: "Coming over the finish line I was like, do I celebrate?

"I thought I celebrated early and Alistair was going to come back at me. It's just amazing. I never, ever dreamt it would happen.

"Everyone was committed, it was a solid day out. I can't believe we pulled it off."

JLT Condor's Alistair Slater was second with Mike Cuming of Madison Genesis completing an all-British podium.

Tomorrow's second stage will see the riders travel from Barnsley to Ilkley.

The race ends on Sunday in Leeds.