Twelve-year-old Scottish cyclist Xander Graham has become the sensation of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain after his starring role during stage seven of the race on Saturday (11 September) when he rode alongside the breakaway and took a bidon from Team Jumbo – Visma’s Pascal Eenkhoorn mid-race.

The moment was caught live on television and shown around the world, with the video receiving more than a million views by Sunday lunchtime on the AJ Bell Tour of Britain social media accounts.

Eenkhorn was part of a five-rider breakaway near the end of the stage, alongside eventual winner Yves Lampaert, and handed his bidon to Xander while he rode alongside them on the pavement as they raced towards the finish in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

Video: Watch the moment Pascal Eeenkhoorn first met Xander Graham

Xander and his parents were guests of race sponsors Eisberg, the UK’s leading alcohol free wine brand, at the Stonehaven start on Sunday morning. He met Eenkhoorn and the rest of the Jumbo – Visma team, before joining them on the pre-race podium to be presented to the crowd.

“It was amazing to be up close, so I really enjoyed it, he said. “I’ve got a lot of messages on social media and a lot of reposts on people’s stories as well.”

Commenting on the experience, Xander’s dad, Martin, said;“It’s been an incredible response from Pascal and with Xander riding alongside them yesterday. It’s Xander’s dream to be a professional cyclist but to be actually riding in the Tour in his hometown was just a really spectacular moment for us all.”

Speaking at the Stonehaven start, Eenkhoorn added: “We were in the final and he was kind of attacking us on the pavement.  Then I was the one doing my pull and I was drinking from my bottle as we passed him.  I looked at him and I was nodding my head like you want the bottle? He was like ‘yes’ so I gave him it and he immediately took it.

 “We were riding fast but he was completely sprinting and he looks like a talented kid.”