Mixed feelings for Dan Bigham after brutal day in the breakaway on Tour de Yorkshire stage one

The Ribble rider was able to take the podium as most active rider, but missed out on the king of the mountains competition

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Ribble Pro Cycling’s Dan Bigham had the dream start to his UCI stage racing career, winning the most active rider jersey after being in the day-long break on stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire.

It wasn’t quite perfect —Bigham had to settle for 14th place as the bunch swept up all but stage winner Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Charles) in the dying metres of the 182km stage, which ran from Doncaster to Selby.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.