Team Sky rider claims breakthrough win at the Tour de Yorkshire but TV missed it


For the record this is the moment Danny van Poppel claimed his first stage win as a Team Sky rider.

The 22-year-old Dutchman might want to replay this tweet a couple of times after his breakthrough victory at the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire was missed by the TV cameras.

It took some unlikely events to conspire against Van Poppel's success making it live to air and it was not the TV companies, or the race organisers, who were to blame.

We can at least confirm he slugged it out for 136.5km (84 miles) from Otley to Donacaster before emerging from a sprint finish.

We can also reveal the reason his win wasn't initially shown on TV was because the plane that relays pictures was twice grounded - and by two different technical faults.

The plane in question has been used to cover four Tours de France in the past and is owned and operated by a French company hired by race organisers.

After the first problem - which occurred shortly after the start of the women's race in the morning - the plane operators flew over spare parts from France to fix the issue at Leeds-Bradford Airport.

Take two, but a new problem arose. This time the plane had to remain grounded and forced the TV companies to cut away to other programming.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity's Twitter account made it obvious he wasn't best pleased, although yet again the streets were lined with fans to confirm cycling's boom status in those parts.

Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, said he had never known issues like those seen in Yorkshire in his 30 years of experience.

The good news is the plane has been fixed again and has been undertaking test flights to ensure it is ready for use during Sunday's stage three.

Team Sky's Danny Van Poppel (right) wins stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire.
(Tim Goode/PA)

"There will be an operational plane tomorrow," Verity said. "The contingency plan is to make sure we've got a plane that works.

"The plane has been fixed and is up there now being tested now, so if that one works we'll use that and if not there'll be a fresh one here to do it.

"Clearly I am frustrated because we are very critical and most critical of ourselves and when things don't go according to plan that is not the best situation, so we'll beat ourselves up a bit and then we'll get over it."

Team Sky's Danny Van Poppel
(Tim Goode/PA)

The final 18kms of the race were replayed by Eurosport later in the night to at least set the scene for the third and final stage, which looms as the toughest when the riders will go from Middlesbrough to Scarborough.

Now all Van Poppel has to do is win again.