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Trott and Kennaugh win road races

Laura Trott and Peter Kennaugh won the British Cycling National Championships road races in Abergavenny.

Trott took the women’s title in a sprint finish ahead of Dani King and

defending champion Lizzie Armitstead.

The men’s race was also won in dramatic fashion as Kennaugh, 26, overtook his fellow Team Sky rider Ben Swift on the line.

“Maybe out of the whole peloton I was the guy who wanted it the most,” Kennaugh told BBC Sport.

He added: “It feels amazing to finally win the race as for years I’ve been second, third, fourth.

“I came here so focused. When I was in that mood today I thought if it doesn’t happen this year it’s probably never going to happen.

“But today I rode it well tactically.”

Simon Yates of Orica Green Edge took bronze ahead of Wales and Team Sky’s Luke Rowe.

Trott, who also retained her Under-23 crown, said the victory was “up there with winning a World Championships”.

Boels Dolmans rider Armitstead was in front by 15 seconds at one point and still led with 5km to go of the 101km race.

But she was caught by Trott, 22, and her Wiggle Honda team-mate King, 23, on the final lap.

Double Olympic gold medallist Trott, a four-time world champion in the team pursuit, said she had been “really disappointed” after Thursday’s time trial when she

finished fifth

behind Emma Pooley.

“I woke up this morning and I just really, really wanted to win,” Trott told BBC Sport. “To try and beat someone like Lizzie Armitstead – I just didn’t really know how we were going to do it.

“I didn’t feel very good or strong enough. But she was only 10 seconds ahead and Dani King made the jump and it all came back together.”

Second-placed Armitstead said: “It was a case of being aggressive all day and then unfortunately I was in a solo break and got caught on the last lap and didn’t quite have anything left for the sprint.

“I’m gutted. It’s not the biggest goal of my season so I’ll get over it – but it’s a disappointment.”

Peter Kennaugh said it was a special result to win the national road race

Peter Kennaugh said it was a “special result” to win the national road race

With defending champion

Mark Cavendish

absent from the men’s race with bronchitis and

Sir Bradley Wiggins

pulling out through injury, the scene was set for double Olympic track champion

Geraint Thomas to win

on home soil.

As the race entered Abergavenny, the Wales and Team Sky rider launched a solo attack in a bid to reel in the leading pack.

But the 28-year-old failed to close the gap and eventually finished eighth.

The hopes of the home supporters then turned to Thomas’s team-mate Rowe, who opened up a nine-second lead as he tried to pull clear with five circuits of the town to go.

But he was hauled back and had to settle for fourth, as Kennaugh and Swift made a decisive break to battle it out for the title.

Manxman Kennaugh was omitted from Team Sky’s line-up to compete at this year’s

Tour de France, which begins on 5 July in Yorkshire.

He said it was a “great shame” to miss out on the Tour, but added: “I wanted this race badly whether I was in the Tour or not.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/28079151

Trott and Kennaugh win road races

Laura Trott and Peter Kennaugh won the British Cycling National Championships road races in Abergavenny.

Trott took the women’s title in a sprint finish ahead of Dani King and

defending champion Lizzie Armitstead.

The men’s race was also won in dramatic fashion as Kennaugh, 26, overtook his fellow Team Sky rider Ben Swift on the line.

“Maybe out of the whole peloton I was the guy who wanted it the most,” Kennaugh told BBC Sport.

He added: “It feels amazing to finally win the race as for years I’ve been second, third, fourth.

“I came here so focused. When I was in that mood today I thought if it doesn’t happen this year it’s probably never going to happen.

“But today I rode it well tactically.”

Simon Yates of Orica Green Edge took bronze ahead of Wales and Team Sky’s Luke Rowe.

Trott, who also retained her Under-23 crown, said the victory was “up there with winning a World Championships”.

Boels Dolmans rider Armitstead was in front by 15 seconds at one point and still led with 5km to go of the 101km race.

But she was caught by Trott, 22, and her Wiggle Honda team-mate King, 23, on the final lap.

Double Olympic gold medallist Trott, a four-time world champion in the team pursuit, said she had been “really disappointed” after Thursday’s time trial when she

finished fifth

behind Emma Pooley.

“I woke up this morning and I just really, really wanted to win,” Trott told BBC Sport. “To try and beat someone like Lizzie Armitstead – I just didn’t really know how we were going to do it.

“I didn’t feel very good or strong enough. But she was only 10 seconds ahead and Dani King made the jump and it all came back together.”

Second-placed Armitstead said: “It was a case of being aggressive all day and then unfortunately I was in a solo break and got caught on the last lap and didn’t quite have anything left for the sprint.

“I’m gutted. It’s not the biggest goal of my season so I’ll get over it – but it’s a disappointment.”

Peter Kennaugh said it was a special result to win the national road race

Peter Kennaugh said it was a “special result” to win the national road race

With defending champion

Mark Cavendish

absent from the men’s race with bronchitis and

Sir Bradley Wiggins

pulling out through injury, the scene was set for double Olympic track champion

Geraint Thomas to win

on home soil.

As the race entered Abergavenny, the Wales and Team Sky rider launched a solo attack in a bid to reel in the leading pack.

But the 28-year-old failed to close the gap and eventually finished eighth.

The hopes of the home supporters then turned to Thomas’s team-mate Rowe, who opened up a nine-second lead as he tried to pull clear with five circuits of the town to go.

But he was hauled back and had to settle for fourth, as Kennaugh and Swift made a decisive break to battle it out for the title.

Manxman Kennaugh was omitted from Team Sky’s line-up to compete at this year’s

Tour de France, which begins on 5 July in Yorkshire.

He said it was a “great shame” to miss out on the Tour, but added: “I wanted this race badly whether I was in the Tour or not.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/28079151

Thomas happy with road race recovery

Wales’ Geraint Thomas said mechanical problems thwarted his attempt to win the British Cycling National Championship road race in Abergavenny.

He blamed “bad luck rather than bad legs” for his eighth-placed finish behind

winner Peter Kennaugh.

Continue reading the main story

It’s all about Froomey [Chris Froome] and trying to finish in Paris with him in yellow

Geraint Thomas

Thomas, 28, said his recovery during the race is a boost ahead of the

Tour de France, which starts on 5 July.

“It’s quite satisfying knowing I was able to get back to the front even when I was on my own,” said Thomas.

With defending champion

Mark Cavendish

absent from the men’s race with bronchitis and

Sir Bradley Wiggins

pulling out through injury, the scene was set for double Olympic track champion

Thomas to win

on home soil.

However, he said: “For me it went bad straight away.

“I had a mechanical at the bottom of the climb at the Celtic Manor, so I was well out at the back at the foot of that and the race had just gone.

“Stuff like that shouldn’t happen, but it did and there’s nothing you can really do.

“At least the good thing is it’s not the fact it was bad legs, it was bad luck with the mechanicals.”

As the race entered Abergavenny, the Team Sky rider launched a solo attack in a bid to reel in the leading pack.

At one point he had closed the gap to 50 seconds, before eventually drifting further behind.

“I was chasing 25km or so on my own, then actually got back to the front and that’s when the attack started on the climb and I didn’t really have the legs,” said Thomas.

“I needed to recover for a bit before I could go for that.”

Thomas cited “bad luck” for the mechanical failings of his bike and is confident he will not have the same issues going into the first stage of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

He said his focus is on helping defending champion and fellow Team Sky rider Chris Froome retain his title.

“Everything I do there will be for Chris [Froome] and getting him through that first week the best as possible,” said Thomas.

“Similar to the cobblestone stage in 2010, if the opportunity was there to go for a little result in the last 10km of stage five then I have to try and take it.

“But I’m not going into the stage thinking that – it’s all about Froomey and trying to finish in Paris with him in yellow.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/wales/28081944

Thomas happy with road race recovery

Wales’ Geraint Thomas said mechanical problems thwarted his attempt to win the British Cycling National Championship road race in Abergavenny.

He blamed “bad luck rather than bad legs” for his eighth-placed finish behind

winner Peter Kennaugh.

Continue reading the main story

It’s all about Froomey [Chris Froome] and trying to finish in Paris with him in yellow

Geraint Thomas

Thomas, 28, said his recovery during the race is a boost ahead of the

Tour de France, which starts on 5 July.

“It’s quite satisfying knowing I was able to get back to the front even when I was on my own,” said Thomas.

With defending champion

Mark Cavendish

absent from the men’s race with bronchitis and

Sir Bradley Wiggins

pulling out through injury, the scene was set for double Olympic track champion

Thomas to win

on home soil.

However, he said: “For me it went bad straight away.

“I had a mechanical at the bottom of the climb at the Celtic Manor, so I was well out at the back at the foot of that and the race had just gone.

“Stuff like that shouldn’t happen, but it did and there’s nothing you can really do.

“At least the good thing is it’s not the fact it was bad legs, it was bad luck with the mechanicals.”

As the race entered Abergavenny, the Team Sky rider launched a solo attack in a bid to reel in the leading pack.

At one point he had closed the gap to 50 seconds, before eventually drifting further behind.

“I was chasing 25km or so on my own, then actually got back to the front and that’s when the attack started on the climb and I didn’t really have the legs,” said Thomas.

“I needed to recover for a bit before I could go for that.”

Thomas cited “bad luck” for the mechanical failings of his bike and is confident he will not have the same issues going into the first stage of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

He said his focus is on helping defending champion and fellow Team Sky rider Chris Froome retain his title.

“Everything I do there will be for Chris [Froome] and getting him through that first week the best as possible,” said Thomas.

“Similar to the cobblestone stage in 2010, if the opportunity was there to go for a little result in the last 10km of stage five then I have to try and take it.

“But I’m not going into the stage thinking that – it’s all about Froomey and trying to finish in Paris with him in yellow.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/wales/28081944

Wiggins to miss national road race

Sir Bradley Wiggins will miss the British Championships road race in Wales on Sunday because of an injury.

A Team Sky spokesman told BBC Wales the 34-year-old was out of the event in Abergavenny, though the exact nature of his injury was unclear.

Wiggins had been due to go for the double after

winning the national time trial

in Monmouthshire on Thursday.

On Friday, he was

omitted from Team Sky’s squad

for this year’s Tour de France which he won in 2012.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/28078964

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