Cavendish takes the British title

Stannard and Millar fill the podium

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) produced an outstanding performance to win the 2013 British Road Cycling Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The title had always eluded the Manxman but Team Sky could not stop him from reaching the top step of the podium this time as he out-sprinted his breakaway companions to help himself to the gold medal and champions jersey.

Team Sky had dominated the recent championships with Geraint Thomas, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Ian Stannard all winning the last three. Cavendish had been outnumbered in the past with little support from any other teams who feared his superior effort in the final 200m.

Today, his final burst of speed ultimately won him the gold medal but that was only one tool in his armoury of skills that he used to full use.

Cavendish outsprinted Ian Stannard (Team Sky) and David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) in the final 200 metres in front of a large crowd and his delight in victory on home soil was clear to see. He will now proudly wear a specially designed British Champions jersey to the Tour de France next week.

"I have trained well because the Tour de France is coming up," said the new British Champion: "It's a bit unexpected that I won here. Riding here was more as preparation for the Tour and to get a last hit out and to see the parcours for the Commonwealth Games next year. Normally with so many Team Sky riders it is so difficult to win here. We got a good group at about 20 kilometers and we rode well together. I am happy. I got a bit of luck at the end when Ian (Stannard) was left isolated."

There were comments about how well Cavendish rode on the undulating course and how he performed in the bunch and in the break.

"My job is being a sprinter," continued Cavendish: "I can't mess around getting in breaks in WorldTour races. It's just that it's not going to be a sprint in the National Championships and you have to get in a break if you want to win. It's just a different style of race."

"The course was nice and there was a lot of people out. When it did start to rain a little bit, it was quite treacherous. It's flat with a little up and down but it's more the consistent sprinting out of 90 degree corners that adds up."

The race had started at high speed on the first lap and it continued that way all day. The WorldTour teams had laid down the challenge to the domestic riders who were unable to match their power levels on the day.

Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma ­- Quick-Step) had broken clear and he was joined by Ian Stannard (Team Sky) who was on a mission to defend the crown he won this year ahead of his debut in the Tour de France in July.

The duo had held a consistent lead on a chase quartet of Millar, Cavendish, Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) and Ben Swift (Team Sky). Cavendish had the easy ride in the early laps with the luxury of having a team mate in the lead group.

Behind them, the strong challenge was made by a group containing former British Champion Kristian House (Rapha Condor-JLT), Ian Wilkinson (Team UK Youth), Simon Yates (100% ME), Scott Thwaites (NetApp Endura) and Luke Rowe (Team Sky). This group managed to get to within 30 seconds of the leaders until the danger was realised and they pulled clear again. Yates finished strongly and took the U23 title in the process.

In front, the two groups joined to make an all WorldTour lead group that continued to put at least minute into the bunch on every lap. Cavendish's extra power input helped to ensure that their lead became unassailable. The bunch had to be pulled out after 120 kilometres as officials were worried about them being lapped on the 14.2km circuit.

The early efforts finally put paid to Fenn's chances and he was the first to drop from the lead group and he retired from the race. Next to fall was Swift but the other four were inseparable until the closing stages. Millar put an attack in on the last lap and Kennaugh dropped out of contention and this also lost team Sky their slender numerical advantage.

Millar attacked again on the final climb of Montrose and came flying toward the finish in Glasgow Green with Stannard in hot pursuit and Cavendish on his wheel. The trio were together on the final bend and no one would have bet against a Cavendish victory from there.

Millar had nothing left after his attacking effort and Stannard was no match for Cavendish in the final 200 metres. 

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega-Pharma - Quickstep 4:27:09  
2 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:02  
3 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:08  
4 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:42  
5 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:06:40  
6 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 0:11:50  
7 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura 0:11:52  
8 Simon Yates (GBr) 100% ME    
9 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team UK Youth 0:12:15  
10 Yanto Barker (GBr) Team UK Youth 0:14:55  
11 Peter Williams (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport 0:15:06  
12 Russell Downing (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura 0:15:25  
13 Thomas Stewart (GBr) Team Raleigh    
14 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing 0:15:28  
15 Robert Partridge (GBr) Team UK Youth 0:16:43  
16 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Chainreaction    
16 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Chainreaction    
17 Owain Doull (GBr) 100% ME    
18 Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
19 Russell Hampton (GBr) Team Raleigh    
20 Thomas Moses (GBr) Team Raleigh 0:20:52  
21 Jack Adams (GBr) Zappi's Pro Cycling 0:23:46  
22 George Harper (GBr) Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT    
23 James Ratcliffe (GBr) Zappi's Pro Cycling    
23 Will Stephenson (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
24 Robert Hassan (GBr) Ibaigane Opel 0:23:48  
25 James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 0:23:57  
OTL Liam Stones (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling    
OTL David Watson (GBr) Coventry Road Club    
OTL Stuart MacGregor (GBr)    
OTL Kieran Frend (GBr) An Post - Chainreaction    
OTL Luke Ryan (GBr)    
OTL Scott McCrossan (GBr) Rock to Roll Cycles Ltd    
OTL Craig Adams (GBr) GJS Cruise Racing    
OTL Tom Barras (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD    
OTL Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh    
OTL William Bjergfelt (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling    
OTL Matthew Holmes (GBr) Team Raleigh    
OTL Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh    
OTL Joe Moses (GBr) Team Sportscover    
OTL David Clarke (GBr) Synergy Baku Cycling Project    
OTL Samuel Harrison (GBr) 100% ME    
OTL Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis    
OTL Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis    
OTL Alistair Slater (GBr) 100% ME    
OTL Joe Fox (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling    
OTL Robert Crampton (GBr) Terra Footwear - Bicycle Line    
OTL Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Endura MTB Racing    
OTL Andrew Hawdon (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes    
OTL Jonathan Mould (GBr) Team UK Youth    
OTL Paul Oldham (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing    
OTL Martin Ford (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes    
OTL James McLaughlin (GBr) Team Sojasun ACNC    
OTL Samuel Lowe (GBr) 100% ME    
OTL Dan Pearson (GBr) Zappi's Pro Cycling    
OTL Jonathan Dibben (GBr) 100% ME    
OTL Declan Byrne (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling    
OTL George Pym (GBr) Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals    
OTL Alex Coutts (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes    
OTL Harry Godding (GBr) PMR@Toachim House    
OTL Andrew Whitehall (GBr) Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers    
OTL Joshua Hunt (GBr) Team UK Youth    
OTL Andrew Coupe (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD    
OTL Liam Glen (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD    
OTL Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura    
OTL Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura    
OTL Matthew Woods (GBr) Team Monturano    
OTL Gary Hand (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes    
OTL Robert Smail (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT    
OTL Jon Tiernan (GBr) Locke Sky Procycling    
OTL Edward Laverack (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
OTL Thomas Smith (GBr) Lumet-VDBG Steenhouwerij    
OTL Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
OTL Joshua Teasdale (GBr) Terra Footwear - Bicycle Line    
OTL Dean Downing (GBr) Madison Genesis    
OTL Matthew Pilkington (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT    
OTL David Griffiths (GBr) Glasgow Whls    
DNS Douglas Dewey (GBr) Hennebont Cyclisme    
DNS Jonathan Bellis (GBr) ILLI-Bikes Cycling Team    
DNS Hugh Wilson (GBr) NFTO    
DNS Benjamin Kellett (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing    
DNS Matthew Williams (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing    
DNS Stephen Adams (GBr)    
DNS Dean Shannon (GBr)    
DNS Peter Vincent (GBr)    
DNS Alistair Rutherford (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD    
DNS Callum Wilkinson (GBr) The bicycle    
DNS Craig Wallace (GBr) ASFRA Racing Team    
DNS Rhys Howells (GBr)    
DNS Arthur Doyle (GBr)    
DNF Josh Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF George Atkins (GBr) 100% ME    
DNF Joseph Kelly (GBr) 100% ME    
DNF Christopher Latham (GBr) 100% ME    
DNF Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Adam Yates (GBr) CC Etupes    
DNF Michael Nicolson (GBr) Doltcini Flanders    
DNF Jake Tanner (GBr) Doltcini Flanders    
DNF Thomas Bustard (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes    
DNF James Sampson (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes    
DNF Harry Tanfield (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes    
DNF Daniel Mclay (GBr) Lotto-Belisol U23    
DNF Sebastian Baylis (GBr) Madison Genesis    
DNF Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis    
DNF Jack Pullar (GBr) Madison Genesis    
DNF Chris Snook (GBr) Madison Genesis    
DNF Andrew Tennant (GBr) Madison Genesis    
DNF Brennan Townshend (GBr) Madison Genesis    
DNF Dexter Gardias (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT    
DNF Kit Gilham (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT    
DNF Robert Orr (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT    
DNF Ben Stockdale (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT    
DNF Perry Bowater (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling    
DNF David Lines (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling    
DNF Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar    
DNF Richard Hepworth (GBr) Node 4-Giordani    
DNF Steve Lampier (GBr) Node 4-Giordani    
DNF Andrew Magnier (GBr) Node 4-Giordani    
DNF Christian Varley (GBr) Node 4-Giordani    
DNF Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega-Pharma - Quickstep    
DNF Francis Cade (GBr) Pedal Heaven RT    
DNF Jake Martin (GBr) Pedal Heaven RT    
DNF Hugh Carthy (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
DNF Edward Clancy (GBr) MBE Rapha Condor JLT    
DNF Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
DNF Elliott Porter (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
DNF Edward Clemens (GBr) Spirit Bikes Racing Team    
DNF James Gullen (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing    
DNF Ross Edgar (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport    
DNF Andrew Griffiths (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport    
DNF Joseph Perrett (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport    
DNF Ben Dean (GBr) Team Leapfrog    
DNF Graham Briggs (GBr) Team Raleigh    
DNF Daniel Patten (GBr) SmartStop P/B Mountain Khakis    
DNF Sam Boast (GBr) Team Sportscover    
DNF Tobyn Horton (GBr) Team UK Youth    
DNF James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Team UK Youth    
DNF Chris Opie (GBr) Team UK Youth    
DNF Richard Tanguy (GBr) Team UK Youth    
DNF Joshua Cunningham (GBr) Terra Footwear - Bicycle Line    
DNF Tom Mazzone (GBr) Terra Footwear - Bicycle Line    
DNF Robert Wardell (GBr) Trek UK    
DNF Owen Lake (GBr)    
DNF Jack Kirk (GBr) Velo Sport Hyerois    
DNF Adam Duggleby (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD    
DNF Richard Meadows (GBr) Team Sportscover    
DNF Dominic Schils (GBr) TO WIN – JOSAN CT    
DNF Paul Rennie (GBr)    
DNF Scot Bullivant (GBr) Rock And Road Cycles    
DNF Andrew Hale (GBr) Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique    
DNF Peter Murdoch (GBr) Paisley Velo Race Team    
Under 23 Classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Simon Yates (GBr) 100% ME 4:39:01  
2 Owain Doull (GBr) 100% ME 0:04:51  
3 Thomas Moses (GBr) Team Raleigh 0:09:00  
4 George Harper (GBr) Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT 0:11:54  
5 Will Stephenson (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT    
6 Robert Hassan (GBr) Ibaigane Opel 0:11:56  


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