Harry Tanfield secures WorldTour contract with Qhubeka Assos for 2021
Harry Tanfield will ride in the WorldTour in 2021 after securing a last-minute contract in cycling’s top flight with Qhubeka Assos.
The Yorkshire-based rider had signed with British Continental team Ribble-Weldtite after AG2R-La Mondiale decided not to renew his contract into 2021.
However, Ribble-Weldtite confirmed on Wednesday morning that Tanfield had been presented the opportunity to ride at WorldTour level in 2021 and would be allowing the 26-year-old to sign for the African team.
‘Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling is pleased to report that Harry Tanfield has secured a position in the WorldTour. Our objectives as a team are to create a secure platform to give all our riders the opportunity to perform and progress. Rider progression is one way the Team generates an ROI for our partners and all our partners share our happiness at Harry returning to the WorldTour,’ a team statement reads.
‘We were always looking to support Harry to step back up, and we are delighted that this has happened a bit sooner than expected. The team have actively assisted in ensuring Harry was able to pursue any WorldTour leads.’
Speaking to Cyclist last month, Tanfield said signing for Ribble-Weldtite would allow him to focus on his racing ambitions and hopefully earn him another shot in the WorldTour.
‘I know I’m good enough to race at WorldTour level, I just need the time to get results and develop which next year should provide,’ Tanfield told Cyclist.
‘Hopefully this time next year when you call me, I will be talking to you about my new ride on WorldTour team.’
However, the opportunity has come a lot early than expected with a WorldTour deciding to invest in Tanfield for the 2021 season.
Talking on the deal, Tanfield said ‘I can’t thank the team at Ribble-Weldtite enough, they provided assurances and security to enable me to race in 2021, and have been 100% supportive in working with me and my new team to enable this transition as efficiently as possible. I wish the team all the best for the 2021 season.’
Source: Cycling – Cyclist