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CanYon DHB pb Bloor Homes tackle Tour de Yorkshire

Across four stages, four days and gruelling hill climbs, the Tour de Yorkshire is a mammoth undertaking for even the most dedicated of cyclists. Most of us wouldn’t consider riding these roads, let alone racing them. Charters Peugeot of Aldershot recently sponsored the CanYon DHB pb Bloor Homes cycling racing team and through sheer will, they powered through cold, wet and windy weather from Doncaster to Leeds – travelling a total of 388 miles in four days.

With the 2019 season well under way, we’d like to share with you the progress of our sponsored team.


Stage 1

Traveling from Doncaster to Selby on a 113.4 mile journey that included two intermediate sprints was hard going with torrential rain challenging our riders throughout the day. Jacob Hennessy was award the jersey for KOM (King of the Mountains) as he was the first to the summit (beating Dan Bigham of Ribble Pro Cycling).

  • General Classification: Jacob Hennessy (3rd)
  • KOM Classification: Jacob Hennessy (1st)
  • Team Classification: 5th

“It was pretty hard, cold at the start, wet in the middle and very cold at the end. Winning the King of the Mountains jersey, is quite ironic.
We were all racing for that jersey because it was the only jersey available today, so I really wanted to get up that climb first.
After the climb and the final intermediate sprint that followed on shortly afterwards, I dropped off with about 30km to go because I was so cold that I had hit the limit and I wanted to make sure that I had some reserves left for the next 3 days”.

Peugeot 308 SW at the Tour de Yorkshire 2019

Stage 2

Our riders travelled from Barnsley to Bedale covering a (comparatively) short 82 miles with Thomas Stewart ranking second in the KOM classification. Andrew Tennant brought in a fourth under the stage classification and Jacob Hennessy coming in fifth in the general classification.

  • General Classification: Jacob Hennessy (5th)
  • Stage Classification: Andrew Tennant (4th)
  • KOM Classification: Thomas Thomas (2nd)
  • Team Classification: 5th

Stage 3

Travelling from Bridlington to Scarborough on the third day, across a distance of 83.8 miles brought problems to the team when both Rory Townsend and Dan Pearson were taken ill and were unable to ride. Harsh weather continued with northern head winds and heavy rain ensued and although ending Stage 2 on a high and tracking the leaders up until the halfway point, the team lost ground and with all riders arriving safely to the finish, only two riders placed: Max Stedman (30th) and Tom Stewart (50th). The team was hoping for some better weather in Stage 4. Thankfully they received it.

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 Hill Climb

Stage 4

After the disappointing results of Stage 3, the team was determined to end on a high. Approximately 108.7 miles were between them and the finish line and each rider fully committed to giving their all in this challenging run.

With over 3km of climbing from the five classified and other uncategorised climbs, Andy Tennant, Tom Stewart and Max Stedman rode in unison from the beginning. The results of Stage 4 were irrevocably altered by the previous day’s event but with Max Stedman coming in a respectable 16th (beating Chris Froome, Owain Doull and Michal Golas), he moved up 10 places in the general classification to 25th. Close behind, Tom Stewart completed the run in 38th on the stage and 39th in the General Classification (GC) with Andy Tennant coming in 69th on the stage and 61st in the GC.

“We had to pick ourselves up today after not such a good day yesterday.
We rode well for the whole race, and achieved a much better result with Max in 16th. On the whole we had a great first 2 days and it could have been a great 4 days if not for a small mistake on Stage 3. It didn’t help that we lost two key riders after only 2 stages due to stomach bugs, which meant we had to adjust our plans slightly. All-in-all a good race but we would have liked a better GC position”.

Directeur Sportive Tim Elverson

Stage 3 was a pretty big disappointment being just slightly out of position when the break went in the cross-winds and completely blew our GC chances, but I’m very happy to have been able to make up for it today and show what could have been GC-wise. It was nice to be up there in the thick of it with some of the world’s best. Maybe I could have got a slightly better result at the end, but we were keen to get in the break early on, so I spent a bit of energy there, which was to no avail unfortunately.

MAx Stedman

Now that the Tour de Yorkshire is complete, the team will compete at the National Road Series round at the Chestnut Homes Lincoln GP.

You can follow the team on their Twitter, Facebook or website (links below). Even better than that, if you’re in the vicinity of one of their many races throughout the season, make sure you offer your support by seeing them in person.

The CanYon DHB p/b Bloor Homes team is supported by two vehicles supplied by Charters Peugeot of Aldershot. These vehicles have been an extremely valuable addition to the team, carrying their gear, cycles and members in comfort. Learn more about the models they use in the links below:

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