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) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega-Pharma - Quickstep4:27:09 
2Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:02 
3David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp0:00:08 
4Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:42 
5Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling0:06:40 
6Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:11:50 
7Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura0:11:52 
8Simon Yates (GBr) 100% ME  
9Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team UK Youth0:12:15 
10Yanto Barker (GBr) Team UK Youth0:14:55 
11Peter Williams (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport0:15:06 
12Russell Downing (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura0:15:25 
13Thomas Stewart (GBr) Team Raleigh  
14Ben Greenwood (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing0:15:28 
15Robert Partridge (GBr) Team UK Youth0:16:43 
16Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Chainreaction  
16Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Chainreaction  
17Owain Doull (GBr) 100% ME  
18Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
19Russell Hampton (GBr) Team Raleigh  
20Thomas Moses (GBr) Team Raleigh0:20:52 
21Jack Adams (GBr) Zappi's Pro Cycling0:23:46 
22George Harper (GBr) Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT  
23James Ratcliffe (GBr) Zappi's Pro Cycling  
23Will Stephenson (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
24Robert Hassan (GBr) Ibaigane Opel0:23:48 
25James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT0:23:57 
OTLLiam Stones (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling  
OTLDavid Watson (GBr) Coventry Road Club  
OTLStuart MacGregor (GBr) www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk  
OTLKieran Frend (GBr) An Post - Chainreaction  
OTLLuke Ryan (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus  
OTLScott McCrossan (GBr) Rock to Roll Cycles Ltd  
OTLCraig Adams (GBr) GJS Cruise Racing  
OTLTom Barras (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD  
OTLEvan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh  
OTLWilliam Bjergfelt (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling  
OTLMatthew Holmes (GBr) Team Raleigh  
OTLMark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh  
OTLJoe Moses (GBr) Team Sportscover  
OTLDavid Clarke (GBr) Synergy Baku Cycling Project  
OTLSamuel Harrison (GBr) 100% ME  
OTLAlex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis  
OTLLiam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis  
OTLAlistair Slater (GBr) 100% ME  
OTLJoe Fox (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling  
OTLRobert Crampton (GBr) Terra Footwear - Bicycle Line  
OTLOliver Beckingsale (GBr) Endura MTB Racing  
OTLAndrew Hawdon (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes  
OTLJonathan Mould (GBr) Team UK Youth  
OTLPaul Oldham (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing  
OTLMartin Ford (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes  
OTLJames McLaughlin (GBr) Team Sojasun ACNC  
OTLSamuel Lowe (GBr) 100% ME  
OTLDan Pearson (GBr) Zappi's Pro Cycling  
OTLJonathan Dibben (GBr) 100% ME  
OTLDeclan Byrne (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling  
OTLGeorge Pym (GBr) Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals  
OTLAlex Coutts (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes  
OTLHarry Godding (GBr) PMR@Toachim House  
OTLAndrew Whitehall (GBr) Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers  
OTLJoshua Hunt (GBr) Team UK Youth  
OTLAndrew Coupe (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD  
OTLLiam Glen (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD  
OTLJonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura  
OTLErick Rowsell (GBr) Team Netapp - Endura  
OTLMatthew Woods (GBr) Team Monturano  
OTLGary Hand (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes  
OTLRobert Smail (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT  
OTLJon Tiernan (GBr) Locke Sky Procycling  
OTLEdward Laverack (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
OTLThomas Smith (GBr) Lumet-VDBG Steenhouwerij  
OTLLuke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
OTLJoshua Teasdale (GBr) Terra Footwear - Bicycle Line  
OTLDean Downing (GBr) Madison Genesis  
OTLMatthew Pilkington (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT  
OTLDavid Griffiths (GBr) Glasgow Whls  
DNSDouglas Dewey (GBr) Hennebont Cyclisme  
DNSJonathan Bellis (GBr) ILLI-Bikes Cycling Team  
DNSHugh Wilson (GBr) NFTO  
DNSBenjamin Kellett (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing  
DNSMatthew Williams (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing  
DNSStephen Adams (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus  
DNSDean Shannon (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus  
DNSPeter Vincent (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus  
DNSAlistair Rutherford (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD  
DNSCallum Wilkinson (GBr) The bicycle works.com  
DNSCraig Wallace (GBr) ASFRA Racing Team  
DNSRhys Howells (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus  
DNSArthur Doyle (GBr) www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk  
DNFJosh Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFBen Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFGeorge Atkins (GBr) 100% ME  
DNFJoseph Kelly (GBr) 100% ME  
DNFChristopher Latham (GBr) 100% ME  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
DNFAdam Yates (GBr) CC Etupes  
DNFMichael Nicolson (GBr) Doltcini Flanders  
DNFJake Tanner (GBr) Doltcini Flanders  
DNFThomas Bustard (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes  
DNFJames Sampson (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes  
DNFHarry Tanfield (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes  
DNFDaniel Mclay (GBr) Lotto-Belisol U23  
DNFSebastian Baylis (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFIan Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFJack Pullar (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFChris Snook (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFAndrew Tennant (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFBrennan Townshend (GBr) Madison Genesis  
DNFDexter Gardias (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT  
DNFKit Gilham (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT  
DNFRobert Orr (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT  
DNFBen Stockdale (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT  
DNFPerry Bowater (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling  
DNFDavid Lines (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling  
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar  
DNFRichard Hepworth (GBr) Node 4-Giordani  
DNFSteve Lampier (GBr) Node 4-Giordani  
DNFAndrew Magnier (GBr) Node 4-Giordani  
DNFChristian Varley (GBr) Node 4-Giordani  
DNFAndrew Fenn (GBr) Omega-Pharma - Quickstep  
DNFFrancis Cade (GBr) Pedal Heaven RT  
DNFJake Martin (GBr) Pedal Heaven RT  
DNFHugh Carthy (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
DNFEdward Clancy (GBr) MBE Rapha Condor JLT  
DNFMichael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
DNFElliott Porter (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
DNFEdward Clemens (GBr) Spirit Bikes Racing Team  
DNFJames Gullen (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing  
DNFRoss Edgar (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport  
DNFAndrew Griffiths (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport  
DNFJoseph Perrett (GBr) Team IG - Sigma Sport  
DNFBen Dean (GBr) Team Leapfrog  
DNFGraham Briggs (GBr) Team Raleigh  
DNFDaniel Patten (GBr) SmartStop P/B Mountain Khakis  
DNFSam Boast (GBr) Team Sportscover  
DNFTobyn Horton (GBr) Team UK Youth  
DNFJames Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Team UK Youth  
DNFChris Opie (GBr) Team UK Youth  
DNFRichard Tanguy (GBr) Team UK Youth  
DNFJoshua Cunningham (GBr) Terra Footwear - Bicycle Line  
DNFTom Mazzone (GBr) Terra Footwear - Bicycle Line  
DNFRobert Wardell (GBr) Trek UK  
DNFOwen Lake (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus  
DNFJack Kirk (GBr) Velo Sport Hyerois  
DNFAdam Duggleby (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD  
DNFRichard Meadows (GBr) Team Sportscover  
DNFDominic Schils (GBr) TO WIN – JOSAN CT  
DNFPaul Rennie (GBr) www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk  
DNFScot Bullivant (GBr) Rock And Road Cycles  
DNFAndrew Hale (GBr) Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique  
DNFPeter Murdoch (GBr) Paisley Velo Race Team  
Under 23 Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) 100% ME4:39:01 
2Owain Doull (GBr) 100% ME0:04:51 
3Thomas Moses (GBr) Team Raleigh0:09:00 
4George Harper (GBr) Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT0:11:54 
5Will Stephenson (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT  
6Robert Hassan (GBr) Ibaigane Opel0:11:56 

 

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