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Harry Tanfield joins WorldTour with move to Katusha-Alpecin

Joe Robinson
23 Aug 2018

Young Brit reaps reward of breakthrough 2018 season with move to cycling's top tier

Reaping the success of an outstanding 2018 season so far, Harry Tanfield will move from British ProContinental team Canyon-Eisberg to WorldTour outfit Katusha-Alpecin on a two-year deal.

After a collection of major results on both the road and track, the young rider caught the attention of many teams in the WorldTour but it was Katusha-Alpecin who managed to secure his signature.

The move will look to continue the development of the 23-year-old as he builds upon the results he has taken this season, with the rider himself commenting that this was 'a foot in the door' to the 'ultimate ambition' of racing in the WorldTour.

Tanfield became National Champion on the track in the individual pursuit while also forming part of Team KGF, alongside brother Charlie, Dan Bigham and Jonathan Wale, which won team pursuit World Cup gold in Minsk.

The young rider then went on to secure the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games individual time trial. He followed this up with second at the National Time Trial Championships, only bettered by Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas.

However, the result that got everybody talking was the victory in the opening stage of this year's Tour de Yorkshire, taking the race's first leader's jersey.

Tanfield managed to part of a successful breakaway that held off a WorldTour-led peloton behind, eventually winning the sprint.

This well-rounded ability to produce results across multiple disciplines at such a young age is what attracted Katusha-Alpecin to his signature, as general manager Jose Azevedo explained.

'We've been watching Harry with our partner Canyon for a while. He’s not only a talented time trial rider. We have seen on this year's Tour de Yorkshire that he has all the skills to win big races,' said Azevedo.

'While this is a big step for him now, we as a team will provide him with the best possible support to continue his positive development.'

Tanfield leaves behind a Canyon-Eisberg team that has stood out on the British scene so far in 2018, in large part thanks to his results.

However, his departure is not lamented with team director Tim Elverson being only proud of Tanfield's move up through the ranks.

'I’m super happy. It is great Harry’s work has been recognised because he really does deserve it,' Elverson said.

'It underlines Canyon’s commitment to our relationship and also shows we are operating at a level where we can deliver someone to the WorldTour.

'Katusha-Alpecin are getting a very strong, young rider. Hopefully, they can help him progress to the next stage and that is to be a reliable WorldTour rider.

'I have no doubt that is what Harry will become.'

Tanfield is expected to get back to road racing next month with Canyon-Eisberg as the team races the Tour of Britain