Report/Result: Men’s RR Championship

Steve Cummings produced a stunning ride to claim his second title of the week at the British Road Championships on the Isle of Man today.

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Report/Result: Men’s RR Championship

Steve Cummings produced a stunning ride to claim his second title of the week at the British Road Championships on the Isle of Man today.

Cummings added the road race title to the time trial crown he won on Thursday, capping a wonderful return to racing after recovering from a fractured collarbone, sternum and scapula sustained in a crash during April’s Tour of the Basque country.

The 36-year-old managed to overhaul a four-man breakaway group of Ian Bibby (JLT Condor), Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates), Chris Lawless (Axeon Hagens Berman CT) and home favourite Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) before capitalising on that initiative to launch a solo attack as the race entered its final stages.

Cummings, the first man to do the road race and time trial double since David Millar in 2007, said afterwards: “It was a really tough race, but that style of competition is what you miss when you haven’t been racing – it was punchy and explosive and there were so many efforts.

“I’m back now so we can forget about the injuries! It’s nice to be back doing what I do and looking forward to whatever is next. It’ll be nice to be at the Tour (de France) and to get stuck in.”

Finishing 40 seconds behind Cummings, Lawless claimed silver and Bibby bronze. Defending champion Adam Blythe was forced to withdraw due to a mechanical problem early on, while Manxman Mark Cavendish, who has recently recovered from glandular fever, was unable to finish the race in front of his home crowd.

The under-23 title was claimed by Lawless, who said: “I managed to get up the road early on which gave me a buffer over the mountain, and because I was in quite a big group we were able to ride steady up the mountain, rather than jumping around, so that helped me save a lot of energy.

“The finish circuit suited me, so I knew I would be able to do a good job. I train here in winter so I knew every bit of the course – apart from having a race in my home town, this is the second best thing.

“I’ve been targeting this race since the start of the year, but at nationals anything can happen – it’s so open. I’m really happy with how I rode today.”

Mark Cavendish may not have won by he pleased the local fans

Chris Lawless outsprints Ian Bibby for second

Yet again one of the riders of the race but local Peter Kennaugh was unable to turn his hunger for the win into victory and was 4th

In a race which was going in one riders favour one minute and another’s the next, Steve Cummings showed why he’s one of the worlds best at the breakaway and he solo’d to victory

A lap to go and Peter Kennaugh was still attacking everyone and had Lawless gapped as Bibby hung on for dear life

The front selection got ever smaller as the race went on – Lawless, Cummings, Swift, Kennaugh and Bibby

Up a little kicker on the finishing circuit, the same Lizzie Deignan used to get away, Peter Kennaugh was throwing punch after punch to get away

Ben Swift may have had to chase the leaders for a long time without any help but when he made the front, had the gas in the tank to attack as well

The front group that formed early on in the race with Ian Stannard, Alex Dowsett, James Shaw, Graham Briggs and many others was by the time they reached the finishing circuit, a fraction of the size and had Peter Kennaugh  in its numbers.

Jon Dibben dropped back from the front group to help Peter Kennaugh cross to the front group

A very big early split led here by Rus Downing and Graham Briggs with Dowsett, Stannard etc….

Chris Lawless and Jon Dibben, two of the riders chasing the front group down early on

The peloton, lap 1, led by Matt Cronshaw of Madison Genesis, had many of the favourites in it such as Cummings, Kennaugh, Swift etc. The group soon exploded and a selection rode away up the mountain in pursuit of the Dowsett group.

A ‘super group’ chasing with Cummings, Swift, Geoghegan Hart, Kennaugh, Thwaites and other European based pros chasing the front group and got very close at one point but it was the top of the mountain the second time before any of them saw (Kennaugh) the front of the race.

A great crowd at the finish to witness the end of the race

Highlights will be shown on ITV4 on Monday 26 June at 6pm and on British Eurosport 1 at 10pm

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Video Interviews

Steve Cummings

Chris Lawless

Ian Bibby

1 Stephen Cummings Team Dimension Data 4:28:49
2 Christopher Lawless (U23) Axeon Hagens Berman CT +40
3 Ian Bibby JLT Condor st
4 Peter Kennaugh MBE Team Sky +48
5 Ben Swift UAE Abu Dhabi +2:17
6 Ian Stannard Team Sky +3:03
7 Scott Thwaites Team Dimension Data +3:44
8 Tao Geoghegan Hart Team Sky +4:43
9 Graham Briggs JLT Condor +6:17
10 Alex Dowsett Movistar Team st
11 James Shaw Lotto Soudal st
12 Jonathan Dibben Team Sky st

13 Scott Davies (U23) Team Wiggins OTL
14 Thomas Stewart One Pro Cycling OTL
15 Owain Doull MBE Team Sky OTL
16 Dexter Gardias BIKE Channel Canyon OTL
17 Rhys Howells Team Wiggins OTL
18 Liam Holohan Metaltek Kuota Racing Team OTL
19 Thomas Moses JLT Condor OTL
20 John Archibald Pro Vision Scotland OTL
21 Mark Cavendish MBE Team Dimension Data OTL
22 Gruffudd Lewis Madison Genesis OTL
23 Jonathan McEvoy Madison Genesis OTL
24 Connor Swift (U23) Madison Genesis OTL
25 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis OTL
26 Steve Lampier JLT Condor OTL
27 George Wood (U23) Richardsons-Trek RT OTL
28 Matthew Gibson (U23) JLT Condor OTL
29 Edward Laverack JLT Condor OTL
30 Steven Lawley Metaltek Kuota Racing Team OTL
31 Edmund Bradbury JLT Condor OTL
32 James McLaughlin Hrinkow Advarics Cycleang OTL
33 Alexander Braybrooke (U23) AVC Aix-En-Provence OTL
34 Max Stedman (U23) BIKE Channel Canyon OTL
35 Russell Downing JLT Condor OTL
36 James Gullen JLT Condor OTL
37 Leon Mazzone (U23) ILLI-Bikes Cycling Team OTL
38 Grant Martin (U23) Raleigh GAC OTL
39 Robert Scott (U23) Team Wiggins OTL
40 Jack Stanton-Warren (U23) Halesowen A & CC OTL
41 Tristan Robbins (U23) Raleigh GAC OTL
42 Peter Kibble (U23) Zappi Racing Team OTL
43 Joey Walker (U23) Team Wiggins OTL
44 Peter Williams One Pro Cycling OTL
45 Fraser Rounds Team KTM OTL
46 Lawrence Carpenter Catford CC Equipe/Banks OTL
47 Alistair Slater JLT Condor OTL
48 Will Fox Catford CC Equipe/Banks OTL
49 Alex Dalton (U23) Catford CC Equipe/Banks OTL
50 Michael Thompson (U23) Team Wiggins OTL
51 Elliott Porter Neon-Velo Cycling Team OTL
52 Matthew Clements (U23) Catford CC Equipe/Banks OTL
53 Adam Hartley (U23) 100% ME OTL
54 Michael Cuming Neon-Velo Cycling Team OTL
55 Joshua Hunt One Pro Cycling OTL
56 Fraser Martin (U23) Raleigh GAC OTL
57 Kieran Savage (U23) Team B38 / Underpin Racing OTL
58 Luke Ryan Richardsons-Trek RT OTL
59 Alex Paton Madison Genesis OTL
60 Lloyd Chapman Catford CC Equipe/Banks OTL
61 Kieran Brady Richardsons-Trek RT OTL
62 Harry Tanfield BIKE Channel Canyon OTL
63 Jez McCann (U23) Richardsons-Trek RT OTL
64 James Wilkinson (U23) Vetrapo Cycling Team OTL
65 Callum Ferguson (U23) Catford CC Equipe/Banks OTL
66 Patrick Clark (U23) Team B38 / Underpin Racing OTL
67 Charlie Quarterman (U23) Leopard Pro Cycling OTL
68 Nic McKibbin (U23) Bath Cycling Club OTL
69 Charlie Passfield (U23) Spirit Tifosi Racing Team OTL
70 Oliver Maxwell (U23) Richardsons-Trek RT OTL
71 Joshua Outram (U23) Richardsons-Trek RT OTL
72 Samuel Williams One Pro Cycling OTL
73 Jacob Hennessy (U23) 100% ME OTL
74 Sam Brand Team Novo Nordisk (Development) OTL
75 George Harper One Pro Cycling OTL
76 William Harper One Pro Cycling OTL
77 Evan Oliphant Wheelbase Altura MGD OTL
78 Marcus Burnett (U23) Spirit Tifosi Racing Team OTL
79 Charlie Meredith (U23) VC Toucy OTL
80 Anthony Moye Spirit Tifosi Racing Team OTL
81 Mark Christian Aqua Blue Sport OTL
82 James Davey (U23) Zappi Racing Team OTL
83 Owen Dudley (U23) Zappi Racing Team OTL
84 Gabriel Cullaigh (U23) SEG Racing Academy OTL
85 Ashley Dennis (U23) Team Wiggins OTL
86 Joe Evans (U23) Madison Genesis OTL
87 Ben Hardy (U23) Zappi Racing Team OTL
88 Paul Double (U23) Zappi Racing Team OTL
89 Harrison Jones (U23) Polartec Fundacion Contador OTL
90 Stanley Kennett (U23) Spirit Tifosi Racing Team OTL
91 Angus Claxton (U23) 100% ME OTL
92 James Jobber Catford CC Equipe/Banks OTL
93 Richard Handley Madison Genesis OTL
94 Matt Cronshaw Madison Genesis OTL
95 Jake Womersley (U23) BIKE Channel Canyon OTL
96 Jamie Fletcher Ellan Vannin CC/Appleby OTL
97 Reece Wood (U23) 100% ME OTL
98 Bertie Newey Metaltek Kuota Racing Team OTL
99 0 Eugene Cross (U23) Team KTM OTL
100 Karl Baillie (U23) Giant Store Rutland / Wattbike OTL
101 Ben Hetherington (U23) – Memil Pro Cycli OTL



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