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.
|#||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 )|
|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|
|15||Mark Christian (Team Raleigh )||0:06:07|
|18||Kristian House (Rapha Condor JLT)||0:08:49|
|19||Richard Handley (Rapha Condor JLT)||0:08:51|
|DNF||David Millar (Garmin Sharp)|
|DNF||Hart Tao Geoghegan (Bissell Development Team)|
|DNF||James Gullen (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)|
|DNF||Samuel Harrison (NFTO )|
|DNF||Thomas Moses (Rapha Condor JLT)|
|DNF||James Moss (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)|
|DNF||Richard Hepworth (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)|
|DNF||George Harper (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)|
|DNF||Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh )|
|DNF||George Atkins (Team Raleigh )|
|DNF||Scott Thwaites (Team NetApp – Endura)|
|DNF||Jonathan Mcevoy (Team NetApp – Endura)|
|DNF||Erick Rowsell (Team NetApp – Endura)|
|DNF||Daniel Patten (Team 7 Eleven Road Bike Philippines)|
|DNF||Elliott Porter (Rapha Condor JLT)|
|DNF||Christopher Opie (Rapha Condor JLT)|
|DNF||Luke Grivell-mellor (Rapha Condor JLT)|
|DNF||Michael Cuming (Rapha Condor JLT)|
|DNF||Hugh Wilson (NFTO )|
|DNF||Mark Mcnally (An Post - Chain Reaction)|
|DNF||Owain Doull (An Post - Chain Reaction)|
|DNF||Hugh Carthy (Rapha Condor JLT)|
|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||Russell Downing (NFTO )|
|DNF||Dale Appleby (NFTO )|
|DNF||Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team)|
|DNF||Alex Peters (Madison Genesis )|
|DNF||Chris Snook (Madison Genesis )|
|DNF||Tobyn Horton (Madison Genesis )|
|DNF||Ian Bibby (Madison Genesis )|
|DNF||Thomas Bustard (Velosure - Giordana Racing Team)|
|DNF||Adam Blythe (NFTO )|
|DNF||Jon Mould (NFTO )|
|DNF||Scott Davies (Madison Genesis )|
|DNF||Jake Tanner (Christina Watches - Kuma)|
|DNF||Matthew Holmes (Madison Genesis )|
|DNS||Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)|
|DNS||Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)|
|DNS||Andrew Tennant (Madison Genesis )|
|DNS||Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor JLT)|
|DNS||James McCallum (NFTO )|
|DNS||William Stephenson (Rapha Condor JLT)|
|DNS||Ian Wilkinson (Team Raleigh )|
|DNS||Liam Stones (Team Raleigh )|
|DNS||Joseph Perett (Team Raleigh )|
|DNS||Yanto Barker (Team Raleigh )|
|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||Ian Stannard (Team Sky)|