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Perfect timing gives Manxman surprise win over Ben Swift; form & teamwork pays off for Trott

Laura Trott and Peter Kennaugh both sprinted to victory at yesterday’s British Cycling National Road Race Championships. Kennaugh outsprinted training partner, team mate - and sprinter - Ben Swift to take the men’s title, while Trott was led out by her team mate Dani King for a Wiggle Honda one, two. The pair outsprinted defending champion Lizzie Armitsted who came in third.

Commenting on his victory over Swift, Kennaugh said: “It’s an amazing feeling.

“On the last lap it was hard to race against such a good mate. He sat on for most of the last lap, and I thought it was game over. But I knew the last 200 metres was downhill and I thought I had a chance. I couldn’t believe I won it!

“I’ve done so many training sprints with Swifty and he leaves me behind every time, but today was my day! I’ve been so close to this title for so many years, this has to be a really special result for me!”

Trott went in to the women’s road race feeling that she had a point to prove following Thurdsay time trial.

She said: “I was so disappointed after the time trial, I thought I had good form, but the time didn’t really reflect the form I thought I had, so to come here and win this, I’m just so pleased.

“It’s just unbelievable. It’s up there with a World title. It’s been such a roller coaster recently and I’ve been feeling a bit down, but to come and win this… when I crossed the line I was just so happy, and I think it takes only one race like this to say ‘yeah, I am still there, I am still good enough.’ ”

Here's the Wiggle-Honda team's home movie of their successful weekend:

Both Kennaugh and Trott had the benefit of strong teams. Orica Greenedge’s Simon Yates, who finished third in the men’s race, had to contend with a quartet of Sky riders in the day’s decisive break.

Kennaugh attacked Swift repeatedly on the final two laps of a seven kilometre circuit, but could not

shake him and it looked like Swift’s superior sprinting would land him the national champion jersey. But Kennaugh let Swift lead out the sprint and timed his move perfectly.

As the 101km women’s race entered its closing stages, Armitstead established a ten-second lead on the first of four laps of the eight-kilometre finishing circuit.

However, she was chased down by a determined combination of Trott and King, allowing Trott to sieze the chance to demonstrate that she was more than “good enough”.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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portec [116 posts] 1 year ago
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No mention of Emma Pooley? She did more work in the women's race than all other riders combined. Somebody needs to tell her the difference between a road race and a time trial. Let somebody else do a turn now and again, Emma!

And well done to Simon Yates for getting a medal against all that Sky opposition. Good ride.

But what I really want to know is, how do you pronounce Kennaugh? Anybody from the Isle of Man able to enlighten us?

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VeloPeo [301 posts] 1 year ago
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Side note from the women's race, Armitstead was caught as she was impeded by a car (at the end of lap 3 of 4) that had to slow for lapped riders that had been pulled out by the commissaires. The course was narrow at this point, she could barely get past and lost a lot of speed. Not to say Pooley/Trott/King wouldn't have caught her but it certainly helped them

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VeloPeo [301 posts] 1 year ago
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And it's Ken-yah or Ken-yuck isn't it?

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Shades [289 posts] 1 year ago
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I watched the highlights on ITV; really entertaining racing and great to see the ITV commentary team (Gary, Phil and co)all ready for the Tour. Best TV sports commentary team in the business.
When the closing credits were rolling there was a clip of someone in a womens race coming off pretty horrendously. The rider was leaning down to do something around her front wheel; then the bike just locked up and down she went. Hope she's OK.

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Gizmo_ [1381 posts] 1 year ago
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Poor Lizzie Armitsted. Armistead. Armitage. Ambleside. Armitstead. Armistice. Such a great rider, and still no-one can spell her name right.

Well done to Laura Trott and Peter Kennaugh. Bit of a shame that Kennaugh isn't on the Sky Tour squad and therefore the GB national jersey won't appear in the Yorkshire/Essex stages.

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stevio1967 [29 posts] 1 year ago
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Definitely Ken-yuck (my FiL lives across the road from his Gran), and it's agrand result for him too...

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portec [116 posts] 1 year ago
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Shades wrote:

When the closing credits were rolling there was a clip of someone in a womens race coming off pretty horrendously. The rider was leaning down to do something around her front wheel; then the bike just locked up and down she went. Hope she's OK.

I noticed that too. Her arm went between the fork and the spokes. I'd be amazed if she doesn't have a broken arm.

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portec [116 posts] 1 year ago
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stevio1967 wrote:

Definitely Ken-yuck (my FiL lives across the road from his Gran), and it's agrand result for him too...

Thanks, Stelvio. That's good enough for me. It seems most commentators pronounce it that way but I heard somebody on Eurosport a while back who claimed we were all pronouncing it wrong. Ken-yuck it is.

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J90 [308 posts] 1 year ago
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portec wrote:

But what I really want to know is, how do you pronounce Kennaugh? Anybody from the Isle of Man able to enlighten us?

From the man himself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlPjp6S6saI