Great Britain win bronze on day one of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships

Great Britain win bronze on day one of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships

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The Great Britain Cycling Team are off to a medal winning start at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, thanks to a brilliant bronze medal won by John Archibald, Dan Bigham, Harry Tanfield, Lauren Dolan, Anna Henderson and Joss Lowden in the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay.

Great Britain were the fourth of 11 teams down the start ramp, with Dan Bigham, John Archibald and Yorkshire's own Harry Tanfield setting a blistering pace before handing over to Lauren Dolan, Anna Henderson and Joscelin Lowden.

Their time of 39 minutes 18.87 seconds saw them earn a lengthy spell in the leader's hot seat, with only the final two nations able to better that achievement.

Germany were the first of those, but their riders had barely caught their breath before the Netherlands crossed the finish line with a 22.75sec winning advantage.

That result saw the Netherlands awarded the first rainbow jerseys of the 2019 Championships, with Germany claiming the silver medals and Great Britain earning their first medals on home turf.

Harry Tanfield said: "We knew Germany and the Netherlands were going to be super strong but we executed our plan and everybody gave everything they had. Being in the hot seat in front of the supporters was fun. I'll be watching the rest of the races as a fan now and it's great to be here in Yorkshire."