Cummings doubles up with British road race victory

Dimension Data rider wins solo on the Isle of Man

After winning the time trial earlier in the week, Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) soloed to victory in the road race at the British national championships, becoming the first man to do the double since David Millar in 2007.

Towards the end of an aggressive and uncontrolled race on the hilly Isle of Man course, Cummings took off from a small lead group with just one lap of the 7.2-kilometre finishing circuit remaining, and his lead only grew as he approached the line. 

Chris Lawless (Axeon Hagens Berman) finished second, securing him the U23 title, while Ian Bibby (JLT-Condor) took the bronze medal.

"It was a really tough race, but that style of competition is what you miss when you haven't been racing – it was punchy and explosive and there were so many efforts," said Cummings, who only recently returned to competition following a long injury layoff after a crash in April's Vuelta al País Vasco.

"I'm back now so we can forget about the injuries! It's nice to be back doing what I do and looking forward to whatever is next. It'll be nice to be at the Tour and to get stuck in."

How it unfolded

Cummings' successful late strike was just one of several dangerous moves on attack-filled day of racing at the British national road championships, which comprised two laps on a large main circuit and 10 on a smaller finishing circuit for 193.7 total kilometres.

A 20-man breakaway got clear in the early goings with defending champion Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport) and Movistar's Alex Dowsett in among the selection. 45 minutes later, that group was caught, with Team Sky taking up the task of pushing the pace and forcing splits in the bunch.

Sky's Ian Stannard dragged a six-man group clear, with Lawless in the selection, and then Bibby and Sky's Pete Kennaugh bridged the gap. Kennaugh tried an attack but couldn't build much an advantage off the front. Behind, Cummings came across to the main chasing group along with Sky's Tao Geoghegan Hart and Jon Dibben and UAE Team Emirates' Ben Swift.

With three laps to go it was down to Cummings, Swift, Kennaugh, Lawless and Bibby out front, before Cummings made his decisive attack with one lap left. Swift lost touch with the chasing group as Kennaugh, Lawless and Bibby tried to close down the move, but they never came particularly close to reeling Cummings in, with the 36-year-old holding on comfortably to take the win by 40 seconds.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data4:28:49 
2Christopher Lawless (GBr) Axeon Hagens Berman0:00:40 
3Ian Bibby (GBr) JLT Condor  
4Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:00:48 
5Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates0:02:17 
6Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:03:03 
7Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data0:03:44 
8Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:04:43 
9Graham Briggs (GBr) JLT Condor0:06:17 
10Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
11James Shaw (GBr) Lotto Soudal  
12Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
OTLScott Davies (GBr) Team Wiggins  
OTLThomas Stewart (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
OTLDexter Gardias (GBr) BIKE Channel Canyon  
OTLRhys Howells (GBr) Team Wiggins  
OTLLiam Holohan (GBr) Metaltek Kuota Racing Team  
OTLThomas Moses (GBr) JLT Condor  
OTLJohn Archibald (GBr) Pro Vision Scotland  
OTLGruffudd Lewis (GBr) Madison Genesis  
OTLJonathan McEvoy (GBr) Madison Genesis  
OTLConnor Swift (GBr) Madison Genesis  
OTLMatthew Holmes (GBr) Madison Genesis  
OTLSteve Lampier (GBr) JLT Condor  
OTLGeorge Wood (GBr) Richardsons-Trek RT  
OTLMatthew Gibson (GBr) JLT Condor  
OTLEdward Laverack (GBr) JLT Condor  
OTLSteven Lawley (GBr) Metaltek Kuota Racing Team  
OTLEdmund Bradbury (GBr) JLT Condor  
OTLJames McLaughlin (GBr) Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang  
OTLAlexander Braybrooke (GBr) AVC Aix-En-Provence  
OTLMax Stedman (GBr) BIKE Channel Canyon  
OTLRussell Downing (GBr) JLT Condor  
OTLJames Gullen (GBr) JLT Condor  
OTLLeon Mazzone (GBr) ILLI-Bikes Cycling Team  
OTLGrant Martin (GBr) Raleigh GAC  
OTLRobert Scott (GBr) Team Wiggins  
OTLJack Stanton-Warren (GBr) Halesowen A & CC  
OTLTristan Robbins (GBr) Raleigh GAC  
OTLPeter Kibble (GBr) Zappi Racing Team  
OTLJoey Walker (GBr) Team Wiggins  
OTLPeter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
OTLFraser Rounds (GBr) Team KTM  
OTLLawrence Carpenter (GBr) Catford CC Equipe/Banks  
OTLAlistair Slater (GBr) JLT Condor  
OTLWill Fox (GBr) Catford CC Equipe/Banks  
OTLAlex Dalton (GBr) Catford CC Equipe/Banks  
OTLMichael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
OTLElliott Porter (GBr) Neon-Velo Cycling Team  
OTLMatthew Clements (GBr) Catford CC Equipe/Banks  
OTLAdam Hartley (GBr) 100% ME  
OTLMichael Cuming (GBr) Neon-Velo Cycling Team  
OTLJoshua Hunt (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
OTLFraser Martin (GBr) Raleigh GAC  
OTLKieran Savage (GBr) Team B38 / Underpin Racing  
OTLLuke Ryan (GBr) Richardsons-Trek RT  
OTLAlex Paton (GBr) Madison Genesis  
OTLLloyd Chapman (GBr) Catford CC Equipe/Banks  
OTLKieran Brady (GBr) Richardsons-Trek RT  
OTLHarry Tanfield (GBr) BIKE Channel Canyon  
OTLJez McCann (GBr) Richardsons-Trek RT  
OTLJames Wilkinson (GBr) Vetrapo Cycling Team  
OTLCallum Ferguson (GBr) Catford CC Equipe/Banks  
OTLPatrick Clark (GBr) Team B38 / Underpin Racing  
OTLCharlie Quarterman (GBr) Leopard Pro Cycling  
OTLNic McKibbin (GBr) Bath Cycling Club  
OTLCharlie Passfield (GBr) Spirit Tifosi Racing Team  
OTLOliver Maxwell (GBr) Richardsons-Trek RT  
OTLJoshua Outram (GBr) Richardsons-Trek RT  
OTLSamuel Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
OTLJacob Hennessy (GBr) 100% ME  
OTLSam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk (Development)  
OTLGeorge Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
OTLWilliam Harper (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
OTLEvan Oliphant (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD  
OTLMarcus Burnett (GBr) Spirit Tifosi Racing Team  
OTLCharlie Meredith (GBr) VC Toucy  
OTLAnthony Moye (GBr) Spirit Tifosi Racing Team  
OTLJames Davey (GBr) Zappi Racing Team  
OTLOwen Dudley (GBr) Zappi Racing Team  
OTLGabriel Cullaigh (GBr) SEG Racing Academy  
OTLAshley Dennis (GBr) Team Wiggins  
OTLJoe Evans (GBr) Madison Genesis  
OTLBen Hardy (GBr) Zappi Racing Team  
OTLPaul Double (GBr) Zappi Racing Team  
OTLHarrison Jones (GBr) Polartec Fundacion Contador  
OTLStanley Kennett (GBr) Spirit Tifosi Racing Team  
OTLAngus Claxton (GBr) 100% ME  
OTLJames Jobber (GBr) Catford CC Equipe/Banks  
OTLRichard Handley (GBr) Madison Genesis  
OTLMatt Cronshaw (GBr) Madison Genesis  
OTLJake Womersley (GBr) BIKE Channel Canyon  
OTLJamie Fletcher (GBr) Ellan Vannin CC/Appleby  
OTLReece Wood (GBr) 100% ME  
OTLBertie Newey (GBr) Metaltek Kuota Racing Team  
OTLEugene Cross (GBr) Team KTM  
OTLKarl Baillie (GBr) Giant Store Rutland / Wattbike  
OTLBen Hetherington (GBr) Cyclesport.se - Memil Pro Cycli  
OTLAndrew Bruce (GBr) Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutiqu  
OTLMike Wragg (GBr) CC Luton  
OTLOwain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
OTLMark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
OTLMark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
DNFMark Stewart (GBr) An Post - ChainReaction  
DNFRobert Partridge (GBr) BIKE Channel Canyon  
DNFJoshua Haasz (GBr) Catford CC Equipe/Banks  
DNFDeclan Hudson (GBr) Clay Cross Road Team  
DNFOliver Jones (GBr) Cycle Team OnForm  
DNFNicholas Cooper (GBr) DFL In-Gear Development  
DNFJonathan Mould (GBr) JLT Condor  
DNFKinsey McIlquham (GBr) KTM Impsport RT  
DNFChris Fallon (GBr) Kuota - Spinergy - GSG  
DNFTobyn Horton (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFAndy Brown (GBr) Metaltek Kuota Racing Team  
DNFDan Fleeman (GBr) Metaltek Kuota Racing Team  
DNFTom Mazzone (GBr) Metaltek Kuota Racing Team  
DNFThomas Baylis (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
DNFKristian House (GBr) One Pro Cycling  
DNFJack Stephenson (GBr) Out Of The Saddle  
DNFBen Joughin (GBr) Pro Vision Race Team  
DNFAdam Kenway (GBr) Raleigh GAC  
DNFRyan Perry (GBr) Raleigh GAC  
DNFStephen Williams (GBr) SEG Racing Academy  
DNFDouglas Coleman (GBr) Spirit Tifosi Racing Team  
DNFArchie Cross (GBr) Team B38 / Underpin Racing  
DNFPeter Barusevicus (GBr) Team KTM  
DNFAndrew Disley (GBr) Team KTM  
DNFAdam Robinson (GBr) Team KTM  
DNFNathan Draper (GBr) Team Wiggins  
DNFDylan Kerfoot-Robson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
DNFJames Knox (GBr) Team Wiggins  
DNFAndrew Tennant (GBr) Team Wiggins  
DNFScott Auld (GBr) Zappi Racing Team  
DNFThomas Ford (GBr) Halesowen C & ACC  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  

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