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Harry Tanfield signs for AG2R La Mondiale

Joe Robinson
12 Nov 2019

Young Brit earns second crack at the WorldTour with French team

Young British rider Harry Tanfield has secured his future in the WorldTour by signing a one-year deal with AG2R La Mondiale. The Yorkshireman had been uncertain of his future after his current team Katusha-Alpecin sold their WorldTour licence to ProContinetal team Israel Cycling Academy.

Tanfield was one of the few riders from the existing Katusha roster told by the team he was free to contact other teams about contracts as it was unlikely he would be kept on.

Talking to Cyclist at the World Championships in September, he said he had spoken to other teams although had nothing set in stone.

Thankfully for the 24-year-old, he has been able to secure his future in the WorldTour by signing for AG2R La Mondiale in a move that he believes can continue his career progression.

'I'm definitely very happy about this opportunity,' said Tanfield in a team press release. 'I will meet new teammates, get acquainted with a new structure, new equipment; it's really motivating.

'I want to continue to progress in my time trialling. I am still young and I still have many things to learn. I know that evolving within the group of specialists for the Flanders Classics will be very rewarding. I cannot wait for the season to begin.'

An impressive 2018 season at Canyon-dhb, that included Tanfield winning a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire and finishing second in the Commonwealth Games time trial, led to the young rider signing with Kathusa-Alpecin for 2019.

It proved quite the baptism of fire as he failed to finish his first five races for the team. Eventually, Tanfield refound some of his previous form and managed to finish the year with a bronze medal at the Mixed Relay Team Time Trial at the World Championships in Harrogate.

AG2R La Mondial team manager Vicent Lavenu is optimistic about Tanfield's signature and hopes his natural talent will see him develop into a talented Classics rider.

'We've had our eye on Harry for two years now, and this year we finally have the opportunity to recruit him,' said Lavenu.

'We are happy to sign such a talented rider, who will elevate us in the field of time trialing. Of course, we will count on him in the road races as well. And he will also play an important role in the group focussed on the Classics.'