Peter Kennaugh wins Tour of Austria

That's one British rider at Sky won a stage race in July, then...

by Simon_MacMichael   July 13, 2014  

Peter Kennaugh (picture Team Sky.com)

Chris Froome may have crashed out of the Tour de France, but another British Team Sky rider has taken the overall win in a stage race on the Continent this July as Peter Kennaugh today sealed his overall victory in the Tour of Austria.

The 25-year-old Manxman took the lead on last Sunday’s opening stage and never relinquished it, ending the race with an advantage of 1 minute 3 second over Movistar’s Javier Moreno.

Katusha’s Marco Haller won today’s final stage on a sprinter-friendly circuit in capital city Vienna, and with rain falling the final GC times were taken as the bell rang to signify the start of the final lap, ensuring Kennaugh’s overall victory.

It’s his second stage race win of 2014 after his success in Italy in March where he topped the overall standings at the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali.

He followed that up by last month winning the British national road race title in Monmouthshire.

“I’m really happy to be able to finish off the race and take the win," Kennaugh told TeamSky.com following the final stage today.

“Heading into this year I really wanted to win a pro bike race as I was going into my fifth year as a pro without a victory. It was really good to do that at Coppi Bartali and then the nationals.

“I think I got a bit more confidence from those results and I had some good form after the Tour de Suisse. It was just nice to use it here and I’m happy I could finish it off.

“On the first day I wasn’t thinking much about the GC. I felt good and went for the stage and it’s gone from there really.

“The team have been really good. It was nice to see everyone get stronger each day. We had a few teething problems early on but on each stage it’s got better and better.

“We’ve finished the race and gelled really well. It’s been good to be a part of,” he added.

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Brilliant result, still can't believe he isn't on the tour team and this is one hell of a way to prove a point, to quote Chris Boardman, I can't see that Danny Peat is better than Kennaugh, I couldn't agree more.

posted by mikeprytherch [217 posts]
14th July 2014 - 8:39

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Well done Kennaugh, he seems a nice guy, and obviously in good form at the moment. This was a great result.

posted by HarrogateSpa [87 posts]
14th July 2014 - 9:05

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Better for him than doing the tour IMO.
On the tour he'd have rode for Froome/Porte and just got burnt up on Alpine slopes.
Long term this gives him a week of riding as GC leader, and as the 'protected rider' much better for him in terms of 'career development'.

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posted by glynr36 [353 posts]
14th July 2014 - 9:24

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I get the point about him needing 'leadership experience' - but the Tour is the Tour. I can see him leading Sky (or another team) to the Tour in about 2017.

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posted by Gizmo_ [814 posts]
14th July 2014 - 10:41

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I saw the pictures of him winning stage 1 and it was almost a shame that he was in the leaders jersey for the rest of the week because the new national champs kit looked fantastic.

posted by NeilG83 [231 posts]
15th July 2014 - 2:19

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Yay Pete Big Grin <3

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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
15th July 2014 - 7:58

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