British Road Cycling Champs in Glasgow – what a fab day


The Womens Race was first

HOW THE RACE UNFOLDED
After an early lone attack by Anda-Jay Burgess (Sandy Wallace Cycles), the peloton was thinned to a lead group of 18 riders containing all the main protaganists. 

From this an escape of five riders including Laura Trott, Emma Trott, Lizzie Armitstead and Dani King was instigated by Amy Roberts who had escaped mid-way through the eight-lap 112km race.

Small groups of chasers tried in vain to bridge the gap, but it was impossible and with the escape established, Roberts could drop back to a now complete group  two minutes down and out of contention.

Ahead, Armitstead wasn’t prepared to wait for a sprint finish against fellow Olympians Laura Trott and Dani King and she attacked on the penultimate lap. This only succeeded in dropping her own teammate Emma Trott however, and if Armitstead wanted the title, she would have to defeat the team tactics of Laura Trott and Dani King.

Behind, Joanna Rowsell had attacked out of the chase group, catching and passing Emma Trott, while Amy Roberts also recovered enough to ride alone.

On the final lap, thoughts of a sprint finish went out of the window when Armitstead attacked and quickly split her rivals, gaining ten seconds on Laura Trott, while King held on grimly a further five seconds back.

Her pace continued to prove decisive, and the lead grew to around 30 seconds by the time she had her arms aloft at the finish.

Result:

1 Elizabeth Armitstead Boels Dolmans CT 3:12:40

2 Laura Trott OBE Wiggle Honda 1:03

3 Danielle King Wiggle Honda st

4 Joanna Rowsell Wiggle Honda 2:58

5 Emma Trott Boels Dolmans CT 3:20

6 Sharon Laws Lotto – Belisol 4:49

7 Claire Thomas Unattached 4:52

8 Emma Grant Matrix Fitness Racing 4:54

9 Natalie Creswick Mulebar Girl – Sigma Sport 5:33

10 Elinor Barker Wiggle Honda 7:29

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HOW THE RACE UNFOLDED
The 13-lap race on a 14.2km circuit started with an early attack by Ian Stannard (Sky Procycling) and Andy Fenn (Omega Pharma Quickstep) which gave them a lead of 20 seconds to a small group and 40 seconds over the peloton.

At the end of the second lap Stannard and Fenn were still clear over a group of four chasers of David Millar, Mark Cavendish, Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift.

By the end of lap three Stannard and Fenn had a small gap over the four chasers with a group of Ian Bibby, Kristian House, Russell Downing, Luke Rowe, Owain Doull and Scott Thwaites 1:18 down with the peloton two minutes back from the leaders.

By the end of lap four Stannard and Fenn had a gap of 30 seconds to the Cavendish group and a second group of Rowe, Simon Yates,House Thwaites and Ian Wilkinson were 1.30 back.

After six laps the Cavendish group caught the two leaders to make a leading group of six which were: Millar, Stannard, Swift, Kennaugh, Cavendish and Fenn with a chasing group of House, Yates, Rowe, Thwaites and Wilkinson a minuteback.

With five laps to go (71km) the six leaders were working together and the chasing group of five riders had fallen back to two minutes behind the leaders.

With four laps to go (56.8km) the leading group had been reduced to four after Fenn and Swift were dropped and joined the five chasers who were three minutes down.

With three laps (42.6km) to go the four leaders were still working together and Rowe had attacked the chasing group which was down to four due to Fenn pulling out.

With two laps to go (28.4km) the leading four were still working together with Luke Rowe in 5th between the leaders and the chasing four riders.

With just over a lap to go Ian Stannard punctured leaving just Kennaugh for Sky in the leading group with Cavendish and Millar.

Stannard had caught back up with the leaders going into the last lap (14.6km) after the leading trio waited for him.

On the final lap Stannard was the first to attack before being brought back and then Cavendish attacked the leaders before being brought back with 3km to go when Millar attacked.

They hit the final straight together where Cavendish beat Stannard into second and Millar took third.

Results:

1 Mark Cavendish (Omega-Pharma-Quickstep)
2 Ian Stannard (Sky Procycling)
3 David Millar (Garmin Sharp)
4 Peter Kennaugh (Sky Procycling)
5 Luke Rowe (Sky Procycling)

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