Tim Elverson has thrown down the gauntlet to his Canyon Eisberg talents after Harry Tanfield’s charge to the World Tour.
Tanfield, 23, will race for Team KATUSHA ALPECIN next season after signing a two-year contract with José Azevedo’s squad.
Elverson believes the Yorkshireman’s elevation to cycling’s top tier can serve as inspiration for the team-mates he leaves behind.
And the sports director also hopes it will prove to prospective new signings they can realise their ambitions with Canyon Eisberg.
The sports director, who has worked with Tanfield since recruiting him to his Pedal Heaven squad in 2016, said:
“It is a common misconception riders can’t go from Conti to World Tour. But a couple of people have done it recently and it is nice someone has now done it from our team.
“Hopefully, moving forwards, we will be able to deliver many more people to the very top level.
“Canyon always said to me they were looking at us as a development team for the World Tour. But that is only relevant if you have someone worthy.
“This does prove if someone is consistently doing it, the right people will be made aware and then it is down to the team if they want to take it further.
“I had conversations with José on many occasions. Canyon Germany and UK were part of the dialogue and maybe that swung it ahead of another bright, upcoming lad.
“So the connection has worked. Harry has to prove himself now and I have got to find someone else to do the same thing.
“The guys I have will aspire to follow Harry. But it will also make it easier for me to attract young stars who can now see connection is there.”
Few people in cycling know Tanfield better than Elverson, who brought him to his Pedal Heaven squad in 2016.
The pair have worked together ever since, enjoying success at home and abroad, on the road and against the clock. Elverson added:
“KATUSHA ALPECIN are getting a great, early Classics-style rider, a very good workhorse for a big race and someone who could potentially win a time trial.
“You have to understand Harry. But once you do, he is very easy to work with. He is a guy who wants to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
“If you look at the likes of the Stannards and Kiryienkas and they way they have cut their level, he has a lot of their attributes.
“Harry also has a very, very, very good one-minute power that will allow him to become crucial in some leadout trains.
“He is a very good bike handler, so he will hold his position well. And it is in the bigger races where he has got his results for us. That is because Harry rises to those occasions.
“Obviously, this is another step up. There will be an element of settling in but once they expose him to that level of racing, he will continue to grow.
“In a team time trial or time trial during a stage race, he will do a great job. And in a break that is allowed to go up the road and sticks, he will be one of the quicker ones at the finish.
“He has a lot of opportunities. KATUSHA ALPECIN will need to work out how to use him and what works well for them but they have a great rider on their hands.”
Canyon Eisberg are currently preparing for the Tour of Britain in September, with Tanfield among those vying for a spot in the six-man squad.