Tanfield wins Tour de Yorkshire opener

Breakaway spoils sprinters' day in Doncaster

Harry Tanfield (Canyon-Eisberg) took a surprise win on the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in Doncaster, as the breakaway held off the peloton on what was expected to be a nailed-on sprint. Alistair Slater (JLT Condor) finished second, while Mike Cuming (Madison-Genesis) rounded off the podium.

Despite a full-throated effort from the peloton - including Team Sky, Dimension Data and Team Sunweb - the breakaway riders held their advantage into the final kilometres, even having time to play cat-and-mouse before launching their sprints for the line.

Emerson Oronte (Rally Cycling) opened it up, some 300 metres from the line, but it was Tanfield who picked the right wheel. The 23-year-old launched himself from behind Slater at just the right time to break down the middle and take the first victory at the race for a British Continental team.

Yorkshire native Tanfield told of his surprise at the situation the break found themselves in as the kilometres ticked down.

"Everyone was committed to the finish," he said. "When we saw the 3km sign on the road, we looked around and couldn't see the peloton anywhere, so I was like 'let's ride.'"

"I wouldn't really call it a sprint. It was more like a time trial to the line," Tanfield added. "Everyone was gassed and it was a bit of a headwind. I just went straight up the middle and had time to get my hands in the air, so I can't complain."

Tanfield, who leads the points classification, leads the general classification by three seconds from Slater. The majority of the peloton, including most of the expected GC contenders, lies 19 seconds back.

How it unfolded

The first stage of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire was also the flattest, and most likely to end with a bunch sprint - back in 2016 the town of Beverley hosted the race start, with that stage seeing a sprint finish.

Heading largely southeast from the start, only one obstacle - the Côte de Baggaby Hill (1.9km at 4.6 per cent) - featured on the stage, coming at 89.5km. The last 90km to Doncaster were pan flat, with two sprints coming along the way - at Pocklington 89km from the finish and at Howden, 56.5km out.

The early stages of the day were raced at a rather sedate pace into a headwind, with the breakaway forming 15km after the start. Six riders made the move, quickly building up a five-minute gap.

Tanfield was joined in the break by Cuming, Slater, Tom Baylis (One Pro Cycling), Oronte and Axel Journiaux (Direct Energie).

Cuming took the first red climber's jersey of the race, beating Baylis on the line. Tanfield and Slater shared the spoils in the sprints, while back down the road the peloton edged ever closer.

Journiaux was the first to drop back from the break 18km from the line, while the remainder of the break put up more of a fight. The final five held a minute's advantage heading into the final 10km, with the gap still over 30 seconds with just 3km to run, despite the full force of the peloton behind.

It was too late for the WorldTour powerhouses, however, and with the breakaway still up the road as they passed the flamme rouge, all that was left to decide was which rider would take the spoils. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg4:08:12 
2Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor  
3Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis  
4Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling  
5Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
6Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:05 
7Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
8Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling  
9Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling  
10Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
11Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
12Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis  
13Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team  
14Chris Opie (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
15Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
16Oliver Wood (GBr) JLT Condor  
17Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis  
18Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
19Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
21Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain  
22Robert-Jon McCarthy (Irl) JLT Condor  
23Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
24Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team  
25Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
26James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
27Tom Mazzone (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
28Andrew Tennant (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
29Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
30Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
31Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
32Russell Downing (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
33Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
34Edward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
35Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
36Grant Martin (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
37Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
38Julen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
39Harrison Jones (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
40Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team  
41Seid Lizde (Ita) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
42Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
43Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling  
44Joshua Hunt (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
45Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain  
46Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
47Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
48James Shaw (GBr) Great Britain  
49Leon Mazzone (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
50Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
51Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
52Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
53Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
54Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
55Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
56Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
57Adam Kenway (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
58Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
59Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb  
60Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
61Mattia Viel (Ita) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
62Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
63Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
64Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
65Dexter Gardias (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
66Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
67Max Stedman (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
68Ben Walsh (Irl) Vitus Pro Cycling  
69Jake Womersley (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
70Hayden McCormick (NZl) One Pro Cycling  
71Alex Paton (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
72Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis  
73Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor  
74Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
75Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie  
76Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
77Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
78Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
79Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
80Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
81Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
82Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
83Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data  
84Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
85Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally Cycling  
86George Pym (GBr) Madison Genesis  
87Richard Handley (GBr) Madison Genesis  
88Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
89Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
90Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Great Britain  
91Etienne van Empel (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
92Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb  
93Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
94Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
95Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling  
96Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data  
97Jesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling  
98Edward Laverack (GBr) JLT Condor  
99Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
100Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
101Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling  
102Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky  
103Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
104Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis  
105Sean McKenna (Irl) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
106Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
107Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
108Joey Walker (GBr) Great Britain  
109Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie  
110James Oram (NZl) One Pro Cycling  
111Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Vitus Pro Cycling  
112Jacob Scott (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
113Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
114James Gullen (GBr) JLT Condor  
115Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
116Fred Wright (GBr) Great Britain  
117Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
118Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
119Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor  
120Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
121Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
122Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
123Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
124Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
125Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
126Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb  
127Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
128Nigel Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling  
129Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:38 
130Steven Lammertink (Ned) Vital Concept Club0:00:43 
131Jake Stewart (GBr) Great Britain0:00:49 
132Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:27 
133Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
134Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:01:40 
135Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:02:15 
136Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb0:05:07 
137Liam Davies (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling0:05:45 
Sprint 1 - Pocklington, 92.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg5 pts
2Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor3 
3Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie1 
Sprint 2 - Howden. 125.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor5 pts
2Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie3 
3Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg1 
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg15 pts
2Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor12 
3Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis9 
4Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling7 
5Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling6 
6Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb5 
7Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club4 
8Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling3 
9Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling2 
10Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
Mountain 1 (Cat. 4) Côte de Baggaby Hill, 89.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis4 pts
2Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling2 
3Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie1 
Most combative
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Madison Genesis12:24:46 
2JLT Condor  
3Canyon Eisberg  
4One Pro Cycling  
5Rally Cycling  
6Astana Pro Team0:00:05 
7Euskadi Basque Country  
8Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
9BMC Racing Team  
10Aqua Blue Sport  
11Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
12Holdsworth Pro Racing  
13Great Britain National Team  
14Team Sunweb  
15Katusha-Alpecin  
16Vitus Pro Cycling  
17Direct Energie  
18Team Sky  
19Vital Concept Cycling Club  
20Dimension Data  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg4:07:58 
2Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor0:00:03 
3Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis0:00:10 
4Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:14 
5Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
6Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:16 
7Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:19 
8Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
9Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling  
10Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling  
11Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
12Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
13Connor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis  
14Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team  
15Chris Opie (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
16Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
17Oliver Wood (GBr) JLT Condor  
18Tobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis  
19Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
21Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
22Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) Great Britain  
23Robert-Jon McCarthy (Irl) JLT Condor  
24Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
25Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team  
26Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
27James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
28Tom Mazzone (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
29Andrew Tennant (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
30Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
31Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
32Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
33Russell Downing (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
34Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
35Edward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
36Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
37Grant Martin (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
38Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
39Julen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
40Harrison Jones (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
41Seid Lizde (Ita) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
42Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
43Karol Domagalski (Pol) One Pro Cycling  
44Joshua Hunt (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
45Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain  
46Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
47Nick van der Lijke (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
48James Shaw (GBr) Great Britain  
49Leon Mazzone (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
50Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
51Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
52Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
53Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
54Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
55Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
56Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
57Adam Kenway (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling  
58Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
59Jai Hindley (Aus) Team Sunweb  
60Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Club  
61Mattia Viel (Ita) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
62Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
63Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
64Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
65Dexter Gardias (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
66Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
67Max Stedman (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
68Ben Walsh (Irl) Vitus Pro Cycling  
69Jake Womersley (GBr) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
70Hayden McCormick (NZl) One Pro Cycling  
71Alex Paton (GBr) Canyon Eisberg  
72Erick Rowsell (GBr) Madison Genesis  
73Edmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor  
74Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
75Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
76Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
77Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
78Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky  
79Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
80Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
81Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
82Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data  
83Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
84Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally Cycling  
85George Pym (GBr) Madison Genesis  
86Richard Handley (GBr) Madison Genesis  
87Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
88Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
89Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Great Britain  
90Etienne van Empel (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
91Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb  
92Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
93Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
94Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling  
95Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data  
96Jesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling  
97Edward Laverack (GBr) JLT Condor  
98Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
99Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
100Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling  
101Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky  
102Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
103Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis  
104Sean McKenna (Irl) Holdsworth Pro Racing  
105Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
106Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
107Joey Walker (GBr) Great Britain  
108Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie  
109James Oram (NZl) One Pro Cycling  
110Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Vitus Pro Cycling  
111Jacob Scott (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
112Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
113James Gullen (GBr) JLT Condor  
114Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
115Fred Wright (GBr) Great Britain  
116Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
117Aritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
118Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor  
119Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
120Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
121Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
122Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
123Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
124Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
125Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb  
126Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
127Nigel Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling  
128Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team0:00:39 
129Shane Archbold (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:52 
130Steven Lammertink (Ned) Vital Concept Club0:00:57 
131Jake Stewart (GBr) Great Britain0:01:03 
132Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:41 
133Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
134Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:01:54 
135Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:02:29 
136Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb0:05:21 
137Liam Davies (GBr) Vitus Pro Cycling0:05:59 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harry Tanfield (GBr) Canyon Eisberg21 pts
2Alistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor20 
3Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis9 
4Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling7 
5Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling6 
6Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb5 
7Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie4 
8Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club4 
9Emils Liepins (Lat) One Pro Cycling3 
10Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling2 
11Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Cuming (GBr) Madison Genesis4 pts
2Thomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling2 
3Axel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie1 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Madison Genesis12:24:46 
2JLT Condor  
3Canyon Eisberg  
4One Pro Cycling  
5Rally Cycling  
6Astana Pro Team0:00:05 
7Euskadi Basque Country  
8Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
9BMC Racing Team  
10Aqua Blue Sport  
11Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
12Holdsworth Pro Racing  
13Great Britain National Team  
14Team Sunweb  
15Katusha-Alpecin  
16Vitus Pro Cycling  
17Direct Energie  
18Team Sky  
19Vital Concept Cycling Club  
20Dimension Data  

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