Tour de Yorkshire #1: Cavendish 8th as break stays away

Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Charles) replicated the opening stage of the 2018 version of the Tour de Yorkshire by winning from the breakaway in the first stage of the 2019 version.

Mark Cavendish finished eighth, among the front group of the bunch, as one of five of our riders all on the same time.

In very cold and wet conditions over the duration of the course from Doncaster to Selby; Nic Dlamini, Rasmus Tiller and Tom-Jelte Slagter all took turns on the front of the group, along with other teams, to try and reel in the four-man breakaway.

They were left agonizingly close though as Asselman managed to hold out with the rest of the group being caught on the finish line.


“We came really close (to catching the break) but unfortunately the timing in the end was bad. We tried but there weren’t a lot of teams (looking at) controlling so it was basically up to us and Ineos for the whole day.

“We’re looking forward to tomorrow (Friday), making that count and then on to the rest of the weekend.” – Nicholas Dlamini