English cyclist Chris Lawless is delighted after finishing off an incredible display of teamwork to clinch overall victory at the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire for Team INEOS.
The 23-year-old became the first Brit to win the stage race after a thrilling final day of racing on Sunday in England.
With the backing of his teammates, Lawless dug deep on a challenging parcours before following the crucial attack on the final rise into Leeds.
"If someone had told me coming in that I’d win this race I’d have called them a liar. I didn’t think it was possible," Lawless said.
"I’ve got to really thank the team for putting the faith in me and still backing me. I’ve not had a good history of performing on courses like this.
"The team looked at how I was going yesterday and said ‘we’re going to give you a shot.’ I’m so happy they did."
Belgian cyclist Greg Van Avermaet of CCC Team and Irishman Eddie Dunbar of Team INEOS finished second, and third respectively on the final general classification.