Harry Tanfield reflected on a life-changing victory in the Tour de Yorkshire and laughed: It’s definitely a new profile picture!
The 23-year-old, from Great Ayton in North Yorkshire, powered to victory on the 182km dash from Beverley to Doncaster on Friday.
He emerged triumphant from a five-man breakaway as a raft of World Tour teams in the chasing peloton were unable to close the gap.
Tanfield, who won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games time trial last month, will wear the leader’s jersey on stage two on Friday.
He also tops the points classification and won the public vote on Twitter to be named most active rider. Tanfield added:
“I’m made up. It couldn’t have gone any better. I managed to come away with three jerseys. The KOM was a bit too hard, though!
“I couldn’t even have imagined it. I had to come from the back and at one point I thought I had screwed it up.
“We started sprinting for the line and I was last, literally getting dropped. But they had sprinted so early into a headwind, they had run out of gas with 200m to go.
“So I just got my head down, weaved around a few people and then even had time for a good celebration.
“I thought it was a bit premature, actually. But it was such a big moment, both for me and everyone involved with the team, I had to do it.
“I had to get my hands in the air asap. I thought this is outrageous. This doesn’t happen very often. It is definitely a new profile picture!”
Middlesbrough-born Tanfield lit up the day when he showed his strength to win the opening intermediate sprint in Pocklington.
Michael Cuming, of Madison Genesis, had earlier clinched the mountains jersey by leading the break over the Cote de Baggaby Hill. Tanfield added:
“It was breaking up on the descent a little bit but they weren’t going very quick. I was going about 10kmph quicker than everyone else.
“Baylis went for it on the descent. Then it levelled off and I was coming at speed, so I whacked them on the other side of the road about 70kmph.
“I knew I still had about 2km to the line, so I gassed it all the way there. I went over the line and I was shouting into the radio: ‘Was that it? Was that it?
“He said yes, so then I just chilled for about 5km. Bowling along at the front, just chilling out, eating a bit of food.
“A big thanks to everyone who voted for me in the combativity, too. That was a massive release. I’d got in the break, got the combat, job done.
“Then the job was to sit up or sit on until the bunch caught us, then try to help Chris (Opie) get to the line.
“I still felt I had a bit left to help out. Or even slot in at the front myself, hold a wheel and get a top 10. Why wouldn’t you?
“But when we got down to 5km to go, 3km to go, I thought where’s the bunch? I knew then we had a chance of staying away.
“So then I was giving everyone the big motivational talk, saying let’s do this, let’s go. And it worked out!”
Click here to check out the full result from stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire, including the various classifications.
And don’t forget to take a look at our gallery, charting all the joy and emotion of that opening-day triumph.
Stage two covers 149km from Barnsley to Ilkley. Friday’s action kicks off at 2.20pm and will climax with the UCI 2.1 race’s maiden summit finish on the Cote de Cow & Calf.