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Thomas leads Team Sky domination

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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)
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The bunch on the climb.

The bunch on the climb.
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David Clarke (Pendragon - Le Col) attacks the bunch.

David Clarke (Pendragon - Le Col) attacks the bunch.
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Peter Kennaugh (Sky) leads Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Ian Stannard (Sky).

Peter Kennaugh (Sky) leads Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Ian Stannard (Sky).
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Andrew Fenn (100% ME) on the way to winning the U23 championship.

Andrew Fenn (100% ME) on the way to winning the U23 championship.
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The original break of Geraint Thomas (Sky), Simon Richardson (Simga Specialised) and Jez Hunt (Cervelo).

The original break of Geraint Thomas (Sky), Simon Richardson (Simga Specialised) and Jez Hunt (Cervelo).
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The furious five - Jez Hunt (Cervelo), Ian Stannard (Sky), Geraint Thomas (Sky), Peter Kennaugh (Sky) and Simon Richardson (Simga Specialised).

The furious five - Jez Hunt (Cervelo), Ian Stannard (Sky), Geraint Thomas (Sky), Peter Kennaugh (Sky) and Simon Richardson (Simga Specialised).
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David Clarke (Pendragon

David Clarke (Pendragon
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Jonny Bellis (SaxoBank) back in race action.

Jonny Bellis (SaxoBank) back in race action.
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Geraint Thomas (Sky) celebrates victory.

Geraint Thomas (Sky) celebrates victory.
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The bunch on the climb.

The bunch on the climb.
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David Millar (Garmins Transitions) leads the chase group.

David Millar (Garmins Transitions) leads the chase group.
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Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Simon Richardson (Sigma Specialised) lead the break.

Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Simon Richardson (Sigma Specialised) lead the break.
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David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) keeps his powder dry in the early part of the race.

David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) keeps his powder dry in the early part of the race.
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Daniel Shand (Raleigh) leads the bunch.

Daniel Shand (Raleigh) leads the bunch.
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Ian Bibby (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) leads Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) and the bunch on the main climb.

Ian Bibby (Motorpoint - Marshalls Pasta) leads Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) and the bunch on the main climb.
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Jonathan Bellis (SaxoBank) back in the saddle.

Jonathan Bellis (SaxoBank) back in the saddle.
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Smon Richardson (Sigma - Specialised) leads Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Jez Hunt (Cervelo Test Team).

Smon Richardson (Sigma - Specialised) leads Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Jez Hunt (Cervelo Test Team).
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David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) on the start line.

David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) on the start line.
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Mark Cavendish (HTC - Columbia) on the start line.

Mark Cavendish (HTC - Columbia) on the start line.
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David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) leads the chase group.

David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) leads the chase group.
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia - HTC)

Mark Cavendish (Columbia - HTC)
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Peter Kennaugh (Sky) leads Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Ian Stannard (Sky).

Peter Kennaugh (Sky) leads Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Ian Stannard (Sky).
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Geraint Thomas (Sky) leads the break.

Geraint Thomas (Sky) leads the break.
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The two Sky riders sprint for the line

The two Sky riders sprint for the line
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Geraint Thomas (Sky) took home the British title.

Geraint Thomas (Sky) took home the British title.
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Geraint Thomas and his Sky teammates Peter Kennaugh and Ian Stannard dominated the race.

Geraint Thomas and his Sky teammates Peter Kennaugh and Ian Stannard dominated the race.
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) claimed his first individual professional road race victory when he outsprinted teammate Peter Kennaugh to win the British road race championships on Sunday.

Thomas was delighted to win the championship on a tough day. "This circuit is harder than any World Championships course I have ridden on. It was up and down all the time and it was quite stressful," Thomas said. 

"I won the Team Time Trial in Qatar but this is my first individual win and it is really special. The nationals are something everyone dreams of winning. In the back of my mind I knew I had some good form. After the Dauphine I was going well but I had a little bit of a head cold last week so I took it easy and came here really fresh. I will be honoured to wear the jersey in the Tour de France to represent Britain.

Thomas was one of three Sky riders who made it into the race winning break early in the race. Jeremy Hunt (Cervelo Test Team), Simon Richardson (Sigma Sport – Specialised), Thomas, Kennaugh and Ian Stannard (Team Sky) built an unassailable lead on the toughest course in recent history.

The quintet held their advantage as the race behind gradually splintered into pieces and the challenge faded. Richardson was the first to feel the damage caused by thousands of metres of climbing in Lancashire in the hottest day of the year and he fell back with two laps to go. Hunt was finally distanced as the Sky team put the pressure on to create a unique 1-2-3 for the new team and put a smile on the face of Team Principal Dave Brailsford.

"Hats off to Simon Richardson. He was in the lead group with four ProTour professionals and he was definitely holding his own. He pulled his weight and he rolled through with us quite a few times when he could have just have sat on. With three to go I put in an attack to see how everyone was doing and Simon got tailed off and then Pete attacked and I went with him and we waited for Ian (Stannard) to get up to us and the rest is history."

"I am in the best form of my life. I have just got up a level and am really happy in my life. I have got a girlfriend, which has settled me down now and the family back are home supporting me all the way. I am in a good place at the minute."

"I only went after Jeremy (Hunt) because I had a bit of speed going up the little kick near the finish," Thomas said. "We were off the front and I thought I really don't want to be here but I am here now so got stuck in. When Ian and Peter came over to us we had to ride. Jeremy and Simon sat on a bit, as you would expect as there were three of us."

David Millar (Garmin – Transitions), Bibby and Daniel Shand (Raleigh) Fleeman were in close attendance and the elastic finally broke. Millar finally showed some of the form seen on the continent recently and he went on the offensive taking Shand, Fleeman and Bibby with him. Ben Swift (Team Sky) jumped across and went along for the ride, but made only a fleeting visit.

"We just tried to keep the bunch around two minutes behind and then they sat up and our lead went up to four minutes," Thomas explained. "We heard David Millar was getting across and we pressed on a bit, as we obviously didn't want him to get up to us. The cracked and then it was a race between ourselves."

"Dave Brailsford pulled up alongside us with two laps to go said he was happy that with the team getting the 1-2-3 and it was up to us to race. I really wanted to win going into the Tour de France. I was worried about Pete because he is a strong climber and I had to mark him. He attacked and I sat on and that's all I needed to do. I waited for the sprint because I was confident I would beat him in that."

One on final note, Jonathan Bellis (Saxobank) was applauded all the way round the circuit by the appreciative fans. This was only Bellis's second race since he recovered from head injuries sustained in a motor scooter accident in Italy last year.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geraint Thomas (Sky Pro Cycling)5:07:08
2Peter Kennaugh (Sky Pro Cycling)
3Ian Stannard (Sky Pro Cycling)0:02:20
4Jeremy Hunt (Cervelo Teast Team)0:07:59
5Simon Richardson (Sigma Sport Specialized)0:08:23
6David Clarke (Pendragon-LeCol-Colnago)0:10:41
7Dan Flleman (Raleigh RT)0:10:43
8Andrew Fenn (100% ME)0:13:56
9Rob Partridge (Endura Racing)0:17:45
10Paul Esposti (BCV)
11Chris Froome (Sky Pro Cycling)

One lap behind
#Rider Name (Country) Team
12Rhys Lloyd ( Pendragon-LeCol-Colnago)
13Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp)
14Ross Creber (Team Endura Racing)
15Ben Greenwood (Rapha Condor Sharp)
16Richard Cartland (Team Corley Cycles)
17Douglas Dewey (GWR)
18Thomas Swift-Metcalf (Palmeriras Resort)
19Steve Lampier ( Pendragon-LeCol-Colnago)
20Tim Kennaugh (100% ME)
21Marcel Six (Orbea For Goodness Shakes)
22Daniel Shand (Raleigh)
23Mike Cumming (Raleigh)

Two laps behind
#Rider Name (Country) Team
24David Lines (Endura)
25Matthew Stephens (Sigma Sport Specialized)
26Kit Gilham (Sigma Sport Specialized)
27James Williamson (Sigma Sport Specialized)
28Gareth Montgomerie (Sigma Sport Specialized)
29Will Bjergfelt (Wilier-Big Maggies/Prendas)
30Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing)
31Alistair Kay (York Cycleworks)

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