Harry Tanfield (Canyon-Eisberg) went on to take an unexpected win, followed by Alistair Slater (JLT Condor) and Mike Cuming (Madison-Genesis) who took third.
The Tour de Yorkshire got underway today, running 182km from Beverley to Doncaster. Team Dimension Data received a warm welcome, thanks to “local hero” Mark Cavendish and defending champion Serge Pauwels.
With sunshine throughout the stage, the break of the day formed 15km into racing. With a flat finish in Doncaster, a sprint finish was expected. The break, containing Harry Tanfield (Canyon-Eisberg), Mike Cuming (Madison-Genesis), Alistair Slater (JLT Condor), Tom Baylis (One Pro Cycling), Emerson Oronte and Axel Journiaux (Direct Energie), went on to contest for the win. Jay Thomson spent the majority of the day at the head of the peloton, but with three kms to go, the break still had a 30 second advantage over the chasers.
Tanfield (Canyon-Eisberg) crossed the line first, followed by Slater (JLT Condor) and Cuming (Madison-Genesis). Tomorrow’s stage will feature a hilltop finish, which is likely to play a role in the final GC.
Roger Hammond- Sport Director
“It’s always a difficult race when we start back after the classics and we are trying to juggle two goals here, one of the sprinter Mark and one with the climbs with Serge. We took a risk today and put two guys into chase, and it didn’t pay off to catch the break, but fair play to the group in the front, they rode well together, as if they all rode for the same team and that is really unusual. Normally there would be a bit of a standoff trying to win the stage, but it seemed everyone was keen to get to the finish. They worked well together.”