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British Road Championships 2014

Date range:
June 26-29

June 29, Road race - Men: Monmouthshire 186km

Kennaugh beats Swift to British national road title

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June 29, 2014, 18:30 BST,
June 30, 2014, 9:39 BST

Simon Yates takes third

Peter Kennaugh beats Ben Swift to the line

Peter Kennaugh beats Ben Swift to the line

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Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) beat Ben Swift (Team Sky) to the win in the British national road race in a Sky dominated race in Wales. The pair settled the race with a close sprint with Kennaugh coming out on top. Simon Yates (Orica GreenEdge) finished third after being dropped before the final sprint.

"It's amazing. The last lap it was hard to race to race against such a good mate. I sat on for almost half the last lap and I thought that it was all over when I didn't drop him," Kennaugh said at the finish.

The pair were still alone as they made their way through a tight final 100 meters with Swift on the front. On paper Swift is the better sprinter and he duly opened up his sprint first. However he left the smallest of opening on his right hand side, just enough room for Kennaugh to exploit and win his first national road title at the elite level.

"I thought that maybe with the 200 meters I still had a chance. I gave it my best shot and I couldn't believe that I was coming around him. Today was my day."

"I think this almost tops everything. I have so many fantastic memories with the Tour de France last year and the Olympic Games but I've been close here so many times but this is special."

Over the 186-kilometre course in Monmouthshire, Team Sky were on the hunt for their fourth national title in fifth years and to reclaim the jersey they had relinquished to Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) 12 months ago.

Cavendish was a non-starter due to illness, and Sky made their numbers and strength in depth count at several points in the race.

Luke Rowe infiltrated an early break and with just under 60 kilometres covered, the group swelled to Josh Edmondson, Kennaugh and Swift (all Team Sky), and Scott Davies (Madison Genesis), Mark Christian (Raleigh) and Adam and Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge).

This group would decide the race and over 10 laps of the circuit. A whittling down process began and went until only Swift and Kennaugh remained – Simon Yates the last rider to be dropped. Kennaugh tried several late attacks but the eventual outcome would be decided in a sprint.

"I’ve done so many training sprints with Swifty and he just leaves me, but today was my day obviously," Kennaugh said.


Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) 4:25:01  
2 Ben Swift (Team Sky)    
3 Simon Yates (Orica GreenEdge) 0:01:09  
4 Luke Rowe (Team Sky) 0:01:38  
5 Joshua Edmondson (Team Sky) 0:04:01  
6 Adam Yates (Orica GreenEdge) 0:04:39  
7 Rob Partridge (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team) 0:05:43  
8 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)    
9 Thomas Stewart (Madison Genesis )    
10 James Mclaughlin    
11 Liam Holohan (Madison Genesis ) 0:05:45  
12 Steven Lampier (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team) 0:05:50  
13 Edward Laverack (Rapha Condor JLT) 0:05:53  
14 Daniel Fleeman 0:05:54  
15 Mark Christian (Team Raleigh ) 0:06:07  
16 Daniel Pearson 0:08:46  
17 Dante Carpenter 0:08:47  
18 Kristian House (Rapha Condor JLT) 0:08:49  
19 Richard Handley (Rapha Condor JLT) 0:08:51  
DNF David Clarke    
DNF Jake Kelly    
DNF Alistair Slater    
DNF David Millar (Garmin Sharp)    
DNF Hamish Graham    
DNF Hart Tao Geoghegan (Bissell Development Team)    
DNF Andrew Feather    
DNF Ashley Martin    
DNF Matthew Sumption    
DNF Nick Wilkinson    
DNF Ben Hallworth    
DNF Henry Hunter    
DNF James Gullen (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)    
DNF Lawrence Carpenter    
DNF Samuel Harrison (NFTO )    
DNF Thomas Moses (Rapha Condor JLT)    
DNF Russel Falder    
DNF Sebastian Baylis    
DNF James Knox    
DNF James Newey    
DNF Callum Fergusson    
DNF Sam Boast    
DNF Matthew Clarke    
DNF James Locker    
DNF James Moss (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)    
DNF Richard Hepworth (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)    
DNF George Harper (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)    
DNF Josh Teasdale    
DNF Andy Edwards    
DNF Matthew Pilkington    
DNF Dillion Byrne    
DNF Perry Bowater    
DNF Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh )    
DNF Andy Leigh    
DNF Adam Lewis    
DNF George Atkins (Team Raleigh )    
DNF Scott Thwaites (Team NetApp – Endura)    
DNF Jonathan Mcevoy (Team NetApp – Endura)    
DNF Erick Rowsell (Team NetApp – Endura)    
DNF George Pym    
DNF Matthew Woods    
DNF Daniel Patten (Team 7 Eleven Road Bike Philippines)    
DNF Jack Pullar    
DNF David Lines    
DNF Will Fox    
DNF Jamie Caldwell    
DNF George Wood    
DNF Harry Franklin    
DNF Luke Ryan    
DNF Lloyd Chapman    
DNF Andrew Hastings    
DNF Rhys Howells    
DNF Owen Lake    
DNF Simon Alexander    
DNF Elliott Porter (Rapha Condor JLT)    
DNF Christopher Opie (Rapha Condor JLT)    
DNF Luke Grivell-mellor (Rapha Condor JLT)    
DNF Harry Tanfield    
DNF Jacob Tipper    
DNF Michael Mottram    
DNF Ashley Dennis    
DNF Joseph Fox    
DNF Ben Kellett    
DNF Michael Cuming (Rapha Condor JLT)    
DNF Ben Davis    
DNF Owen James    
DNF Nick Noble    
DNF Ryan Connor    
DNF Ashley Proctor    
DNF Colin Parry    
DNF Alex Royal    
DNF George Fowler    
DNF Bevan Humphries    
DNF Alastair Hepworth    
DNF Declan Byrne    
DNF Glyndwr Griffiths    
DNF Hugh Wilson (NFTO )    
DNF Russell Hampton    
DNF Mark Mcnally (An Post - Chain Reaction)    
DNF Owain Doull (An Post - Chain Reaction)    
DNF Christopher Latham    
DNF Germain Burton    
DNF Samuel Lowe    
DNF Olivier Wood    
DNF Hugh Carthy (Rapha Condor JLT)    
DNF Alex Paton    
DNF Francis Cade    
DNF Gruffudd Lewis    
DNF Robert Moore    
DNF Joshua Hunt (NFTO )    
DNF James Lewis (NFTO )    
DNF Samuel Williams (NFTO )    
DNF Kieran Frend (An Post - Chain Reaction)    
DNF Williams James Lowsley (NFTO )    
DNF John Russell    
DNF Russell Downing (NFTO )    
DNF Dale Appleby (NFTO )    
DNF Robert Orr    
DNF Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team)    
DNF Zach May    
DNF Dexter Gardias    
DNF Alex Peters (Madison Genesis )    
DNF William Bjergfelt    
DNF Chris Snook (Madison Genesis )    
DNF Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis )    
DNF Ian Bibby (Madison Genesis )    
DNF Jacob Scott    
DNF Thomas Bustard (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)    
DNF Adam Blythe (NFTO )    
DNF Jon Mould (NFTO )    
DNF Scott Davies (Madison Genesis )    
DNF Daniel Mclay    
DNF Gary Hand    
DNF Robert Hassan    
DNF Kit Gilham    
DNF Alex Coutts    
DNF Jake Tanner (Christina Watches - Kuma)    
DNF James King    
DNF James Sampson    
DNF Matthew Holmes (Madison Genesis )    
DNF Harry Godding    
DNF Henry Latimer    
DNF Peter Williams    
DNF James Walsby    
DNF Jake Womersley    
DNS Jack Adams    
DNS Douglas Dewey    
DNS Jacob Ragan    
DNS Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)    
DNS Christopher Lawless    
DNS Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)    
DNS Alexander Murisson    
DNS Christopher Lawless    
DNS Joe Kelly    
DNS Andrew Tennant (Madison Genesis )    
DNS Adam Martin    
DNS Rhys Lloyd    
DNS Chris Bartlett    
DNS Martin Jake    
DNS Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor JLT)    
DNS James McCallum (NFTO )    
DNS William Stephenson (Rapha Condor JLT)    
DNS Joe Giggins    
DNS Ian Wilkinson (Team Raleigh )    
DNS Liam Stones (Team Raleigh )    
DNS Joseph Perett (Team Raleigh )    
DNS Yanto Barker (Team Raleigh )    
DNS Chris Dredge    
DNS Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)    
DNS Mathew Cronshaw (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)    
DNS Nathan Edmondson (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)    
DNS Bradley Morgan (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)    
DNS Alex Bottomley    
DNS Adam Duggleby    
DNS Simon Wilson    
DNS Jordan Hargreaves    
DNS Mark Perry    
DNS Scott Gurnett    
DNS Ian Stannard (Team Sky)