Road World Championships: Great Britain win mixed relay bronze

Netherlands cycling team

The Netherlands are now the World and European Champions for team trial mixed relays after victory in Harrogate

Great Britain claimed the bronze medal in the team time trial mixed relay at the Road World Championships in Harrogate.

Britain were one of the first teams out and set a good time in wet conditions on the 27.6km course.

But their time was eventually beaten by Germany, and winners the Netherlands.

The event, in which teams consist of three male and three female riders, was being staged at world level for the first time.

The trial consisted of two laps of a tricky and technical course with the men riding the first lap and the women the second, with the time clocked when the second female rider crossed the line.

Britain were not considered one of the favourites for gold but the team of John Archibald, Dan Bigham, Harry Tanfield, Lauren Dolan, Anna Henderson and Joscelin Lowden put the rest under pressure.

When the Italian team were unable to set a better mark, despite the best efforts of Elisa Longo Borghini, who recovered from a puncture and a change of bike to be the first of her team to finish, a medal was guaranteed.

The Netherlands had won this event when it was staged for the first time at the European Championships last month and, with four of that team again present, they produced a strong and controlled performance to beat Germany to gold.

“We never anticipated getting a medal,” Tanfield said. “From the start we knew it could be close, but, with the teams Italy, Germany and the Netherlands have, we knew they were going to be super strong.”

Britain’s bronze brought emotional celebrations, but particularly for Tanfield, who was competing only three weeks after the sudden death of his mother Clare.

“For my family and stuff to come and watch, to come away with a medal is fantastic,” the 24-year-old added. “That’s why I wanted to do it, for my mum to be proud of me.”


1. Netherlands 38mins 27.60secs

2. Germany + 22.75secs

3. Great Britain + 51.27

4. Italy +55.89

5. France + 1:23.04

6. Switzerland +1.26.94

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Storey wins C5 road race at Yorkshire Para-cycling International

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Para-cycling International: Watch as Sarah Storey wins in Yorkshire

Britain’s Sarah Storey won the women’s C5 road race at the Yorkshire Para-cycling International.

The C5 world champion triumphed in the 35.4-mile (57km) Tokyo 2020 qualifying race from Tadcaster to Harrogate.

The event runs alongside the UCI Road World Championships, which are being hosted in Britain for the first time in 37 years.

Compatriot William Bjergfelt won the men’s C5 race, while Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby won the B-class tandem.

The Road World Championships will be shown on the BBC from 22-29 September.

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Thomas withdraws from Worlds time trial

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas won a gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games

Britain’s Geraint Thomas has withdrawn from the Road World Championships time trial as he says is not in “good enough shape to perform to his best”.

The 2018 Tour de France winner still plans to ride in the road race at the event in Yorkshire, which starts on Sunday.

“I’ve tried to get back into shape after my post tour break,” Thomas said.

“The decision was made… to skip the time trial and commit to the team for the road race.”

The men’s time trial is on Wednesday with the men’s road race on Sunday, 29 September – the final day of the event.

Thomas, 33, was beaten into second at this year’s Tour de France by Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal, who will not be competing in Yorkshire.

“While it’s a shame that Geraint is withdrawing from the time trial, we understand and support his decision,” British Cycling’s performance director Stephen Park said.

John Archibald, who finished second in the elite men’s time trial at the National Road Championships, will replace Thomas in the time trial.

Tanfield to ride in mum’s memory


GB’s Harry Tanfield recently rode in the Tour of Britain, weeks after his mother’s death

GB rider Harry Tanfield will take to his bike for the team time trial mixed relay on Sunday in honour of his mother, who died in August.

The 24-year-old considered pulling out of the race after the sudden death of his mother Clare, but chose to race in the recent Tour of Britain, for Katusha-Alpecin.

Tanfield said: “It happened a week before the Tour of Britain, and I thought, ‘Do I still want to come and race it?’

“The team told me I didn’t need to come but she’d want me to do it, and I kind of wanted to do it as well. Not for me, but for my family, just to give them some form of distraction for the week.

“She’d definitely want me to do it.”

Tanfield’s younger brother Charlie is also a cyclist and is a former world champion on the track.

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Owain Doull says La Vuelta a Espana has given him more confidence

Owain Doull says riding this year’s Vuelta a Espana has given him confidence to perform at the highest level.

The 26-year-old finished his first Grand Tour race safely in Madrid on Sunday and was happy with his overall performance.

The Welshman, who signed a two-year contract extension with Team Ineos in early September, is hoping to race either the Vuelta or the Giro d’Italia in 2020.

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Thomas named in GB road cycling team for World Championships

Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas (right) finished runner-up to Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal in the Tour de France in July

Former Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas will ride for Great Britain at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, to run from 22-29 September.

The Welshman, 33, will compete in the time trial and road race at the event.

Joining him in the time trial on 25 September will be national champion Alex Dowsett, while Ben Swift is also in the road race team four days later.

Owain Doull, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ian Stannard and Adam Yates have also made final selection for the team.

Doull and Geoghegan Hart both rode for Team Ineos at the Vuelta a Espana, which finished last Sunday.

The women’s team was named last week and includes former world champion Lizzie Deignan and sisters Alice and Hannah Barnes, the national road and time trial champions respectively.

Thomas won the Tour de France in 2018 but this year was beaten by Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal, who will not be competing at the Championships.

British Cycling’s elite men’s road coach Matt Brammeier said: “We have such a talent pool of elite men’s road riders in this country that final selection was quite tricky, even though the course is so challenging.

“Having just finished the Tour of Britain with the Great Britain cycling team, I was once again blown away by the level of support we receive out on the roads and I know we are all looking forward to experiencing that again in Yorkshire next week.”

GB Elite Men’s Time Trial

Alex Dowsett (30, Essex)

Geraint Thomas (33, Cardiff)

Elite Men’s Road Race

Owain Doull (26, Cardiff)

Tao Geoghegan Hart (24, London)

Ian Stannard (32, Chelmsford)

Ben Swift (31, Yorkshire)

Geraint Thomas (33, Cardiff)

Adam Yates (27, Bury)

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