Team Sky got a clean sweep of the podium for the second year running in the National Road Race Championships at Stamfordham this afternoon - and it will be Bradley Wiggins who'll proudly wear the Great Britain stripes at the Tour de France, with defending champion Geraint Thomas second and Peter Kennaugh, last year's runner-up, third. Wiggins had attacked his two team mates on the final lap and it proved to be the decisive move as he quickly built a gap on the two younger riders.
With a little under half of the 122-mile race gone, six riders had broken broke away from a 12-man group that had earlier formed at the front of the race, and that group was subsequently itself split in two on the first of three laps of the closing circuit.
Besides the trio that made up the podium, those six comprised another Team Sky rider, Ian Stannard – third last year – 2009 champion Kristian House from Rapha Condor Sharp and Motorpoint’s Ian Bibby.
As happened last year when it was Thomas, Kennaugh and Stannard who had broken clear in Pendle, the three riders out in front worked together to keep the pace high.
That meant there was no chance for their pursuers to get back on, with House and Bibby not helped by the fact that the third man riding with them, Stannard, had no incentive to close the gap on his team mates.
Entering the final lap, the lead trio had a gap of around 2 minutes 45 seconds over the three riders behind them, and it was clear they wouldn’t be caught.
Further back a number of big names made the decision to bring their afternoon’s racing to a premature end, including Mark Cavendish of HTC-Highroad, Team Sky’s Alex Dowsett and Garmin-Cervelo’s Daniel Lloyd, plus two former champions – Sky’s Jeremy Hunt and Garmin’s Roger Hammond.
Pos No Name Team Cat Time 1 2 Bradley Wiggins Sky Pro Cycling Elite 04:41:08 2 1 Geraint Thomas Sky Pro Cycling Elite 35 3 5 Peter Kennaugh Sky Pro Cycling Elite st 4 4 Ian Stannard Sky Pro Cycling Elite 05:41 5 46 Ian Bibby Motorpoint Pro Cycling Elite 08:02 6 34 Kristian House Rapha Condor Sharp Elite 08:05 7 3 Ben Swift Sky Pro Cycling Elite 08:13 8 67 Yanto Barker Pendragon - Le Col - Colnago Elite 08:20 9 82 Scott Thwaites Endura Racing Elite 08:28 10 125 Andrew Fenn An-Post Elite st 11 17 Erick Rowsell 100% ME Elite st 12 24 Richard Handley Team Raleigh Elite st 13 14 Simon Yates 100% ME Elite 09:56 14 16 Luke Rowe 100% ME Elite 10:44 15 86 David Clarke Endura Racing Elite st 16 13 Tom Moses 100% ME Elite 10:47 17 49 James Sampson Motorpoint Pro Cycling Elite 10:51 18 35 Andrew Tennant Rapha Condor Sharp Elite 11:16 19 122 Joshua Hunt UVCA Troyes Elite st 20 129 Ben Stockdale Team Qoroz 1st st 21 145 Tom Last Sigma Sport-Specialized CT 1st 11:21 22 40 Joe Perrett Twenty3c-Orbea Elite 11:25 23 74 Simon Richardson Sigma Sport-Specialized CT Elite 11:27 24 117 Adam Yates Maxgear RT Elite 11:29 25 45 Andrew Griffiths Twenty3c-Orbea 1st 11:31 26 85 Robert Partridge Endura Racing Elite 11:42 27 91 Andrew Hawdon Herbalife/Wheelbase 1st 12:09 28 27 Matt Gee Team Raleigh 1st st 29 93 James Stewart Team UK Youth Elite st 30 50 Will Berjgfelt Motorpoint Pro Cycling Elite st 31 102 Robert Hassan Endura/Pedal Power Development 1st st 32 138 Tomas Swift-Metcalfe Tavira/Prio Elite 12:11 33 135 Rob Carter Velo 29 CT 1st st 34 136 Alex Coutts Giant Kenda Racing Team 1st 12:13 35 33 Ben Greenwood Rapha Condor Sharp Elite st 36 75 Steve Lampier Sigma Sport-Specialized CT Elite st 37 146 Richard Cartland Team Corley Cycles 1st 12:20 38 81 Ian Wilkinson Endura Racing Elite st 39 23 Dan Fleeman Team Raleigh Elite st Rest of field retired at the bell
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.