Wild and Tanfield win first stages of 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

Wild and Tanfield win first stages of 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

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Harry Tanfield and Kirsten Wild produced sensational rides to win the opening stages of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire in Doncaster.

Yorkshireman Tanfield held off his rivals in a breakaway to get the win while Wild outsprinted the rest of the field to cross the line first on South Parade.

In the men's race, a six-rider break lead alone for much of the race, with Commonwealth Games medallist Harry Tanfield (Canyon Eisberg) among them alongside Mike Cuming (Madison Genesis), Ali Slater (JLT Condor), Tom Baylis (One Pro Cycling), Emerson Oronte (Rally Cycling) and Axel Journiaux (Direct Energie).

The group had a substantial lead of more than five minutes at one point, but the peloton closed in on them in the final stages with Journiaux dropping off.

But the chasing pack left too much to do and ran out of road - with the remaining five duelling it out on South Parade for the spoils.

Tanfield, full of confidence following his Gold Coast exploits, took charge to claim a famous victory.

Kirsten Wild wins stage one of the Women's Tour de Yorkshire

Earlier in the day, the women's race departed from Beverley with two British riders getting off to terrific starts.

Pfeiffer Georgi - with wins in the UCI Junior Women’s Nations’ Cup series for Great Britain Cycling Team already this season - took the first Queen of the Mountains points.

Great Britain Cycling Team’s Dani Rowe - a bronze medallist at the recent Commonwealth Games - became the early race leader by claiming the opening intermediate sprint points.

Rowe and Georgi’s early efforts were reeled in with the peloton bunching together ahead of the Doncaster finish.

The peloton passes through Cottingham on day one of the women's Tour de Yorkshire

And it was Wild, the race favourite, who came out on top on South Parade to claim the victory.