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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Those who follow Charters of Aldershot's news feed, will know that in early 2019 we sponsored a renowned cycle racing team CanYon dhb p/b Bloor Homes.
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