Report/Result: British RR Championship (Women)

Lizzie Deignan (nee Armitstead) won her fourth national road race title at the British Road Championships on the Isle of Man today.

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Report/Result: British RR Championship (Women)

After constantly attacking her rivals on the final climb of each finishing circuit, Lizzie Deignan got the gap and held to the finish

The former world champion and Olympic silver medallist, riding for Boels Dolmans, caught long-time leader Elinor Barker (Matrix Pro Cycling) with less than 2km to go to top the podium ahead of Team WNT’s Katie Archibald and the defending champion, Hannah Barnes of Canyon-SRAM.

After breaking clear alongside Anna Christian (Drops) and Manon Lloyd (Team Breeze), Barker launched a solo attack during the second of the six laps of the 7.2km finishing circuit. Despite being out on her own, she extended her lead to over a minute at one stage, before being gradually reeled in by the chasing pack.

The riders roll away from the grandstand start/finish area

The Welsh Olympic track champion, whose time trial hopes were dashed by a puncture on Thursday, fought hard to keep the chasing group at bay, but was eventually caught on the final lap, with Deignan crossing the line in first position to clinch her second title in three years.

L_R: Katie Archibald, Lizzie Deignan and Hannah Barnes

After the race, Deignan said: “It’s great to be in the (national champion’s) jersey again. It’s always such a difficult race to win – you don’t just need good legs, you need a bit of luck too. It’s one of the hardest national championships I’ve ever won – it wasn’t a case of going in to the race with five rivals, it was more likely 20, and I’m very proud of the fact that we have so many women now who are capable of competing internationally as well as domestically.

“I know that Elinor will be so disappointed but she shouldn’t be; it was an incredible performance. It’ll stand her in good stead in the future.”

Mel Lowther wins the sprint for the Under 23 title from Manon Lloyd

Finishing 14 seconds behind Deignan, Archibald followed up her bronze medal in the time trial by claiming silver, while Barnes completed the podium. Team Breeze’s Mel Lowther won the under-23 title, with team-mate Manon Lloyd in second and Manx rider Anna Christian, of Drops, in third. Lowther said: “I’m really happy. Coming into the race I knew I had good form, and I was a bit disappointed with how the time trial went when I had a mechanical, so I really wanted to get the win”.

“We all knew that the race was going to split on the mountain, so it was just about suffering through that really. I was really struggling but I just kept telling myself to hold on for another minute, and once I got through that I knew I’d be ok.”

First attack of the race by  Crystal Lane-Wright

Chanel Mason goes it alone out front of the race on the TT circuit lap

The chase behind Mason

Anna Christian, riding like 10 women from the start, leads a group up the mountain

When the groups split, Katie Archibald had to dig deep to get across to the Deignan one, the last rider to do so

Behind the three leaders, Lizzie Deignan leads a selection of the strongest riders

Eleanor Barker leads a trio off the front of the race for a long time

Before going solo …

Hannah Barnes having a dig to liven up the chase for Barker

Lizzie Armitstead having a dig, one of a few that failed to stick before she made the final one well and truly stick!

Katie Archibald beats defending chamion Hannah Barnes to the Silver medal

Under 23 podium, L-R: Manon Lloyd, Melissa Lowther and local girl Anna Christian

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

Lizzie Deignan

Katie Archibald

Hannah Barnes

1 Elizabeth Deignan Boels Dolmans Cycling Team 2:44:18
2 Katie Archibald MBE Team WNT +14
3 Hannah Barnes Canyon – SRAM st
4 Elinor Barker MBE Matrix Pro Cycling +17
5 Melissa Lowther (U23) Team Breeze +1:28
6 Neah Evans Storey Racing st
7 Manon Lloyd (U23) Team Breeze st
8 Hayley Simmonds Team WNT st
9 Anna Christian (U23) Drops st
10 Eleanor Dickinson (U23) Team Breeze +8:34
11 Danielle King MBE Cylance Pro Cycling st
12 Emily Nelson (U23) Team Breeze st
13 Abigail Van Twisk (U23) Drops st
14 Natalie Grinczer Team WNT st
15 Rebecca Durrell Drops st
16 Elizabeth Banks Storey Racing st
17 Laura Massey Drops st
18 Joscelin Lowden Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire st
19 Elizabeth Holden (U23) Drops st
20 Dani Christmas WV Zeeuws Vlaanderen st
21 Julie Erskine Cycle Team OnForm st
22 Hayley Jones (U23) Team WNT st
23 Abby-Mae Parkinson (U23) Drops st
24 Annasley Park (U23) Drops st
25 Elizabeth-Jane Harris Storey Racing st
26 Jennifer Powell Team Ford Ecoboost st
27 Rebecca Carter Team WNT st
28 Hannah Payton Drops st
29 Molly Weaver Team Sunweb st
30 Alicia Speake Cycle Team OnForm st
31 Lucy Shaw (U23) Drops st
32 Claire Rose Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling st
33 Bethany Crumpton Storey Racing st
34 Kimberley Ashton Casp Racing +8:39
35 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama UK st
36 Jennifer George Storey Racing st
37 Chanel Mason Storey Racing st
38 Georgina Panchaud Bianchi Dama UK st
39 Jennifer Hudson Fusion RT Fierlan st
40 Genevieve Whitson Isorex Cycling Team st
41 Alice Barnes (U23) Drops st
42 Emma Lewis Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire +8:44
43 Bethany Hayward (U23) Team Ford Ecoboost +9:01
44 Amy Gornall (U23) +9:05
45 Corrine Hall MBE Matrix Pro Cycling +9:10
46 Amy Roberts Wiggle High5 +9:19
47 Hannah Walker Team WNT +10:32

Outside Time Limit
Monica Dew (U23) Storey Racing OTL
Melissa Brand Team Ford Ecoboost OTL
Holly Flannery (U23) Team Jadan-Weldtite OTL
Fiona Hunter Johnston Fusion RT Fierlan OTL
Maryka Sennema Fusion RT Fierlan OTL
Amy Hill (U23) Cycle Team OnForm OTL
Gemma Sargent Cycle Team OnForm OTL
Rose Osborne Drops OTL
Gabriella Shaw Team WNT OTL
Molly Patch (U23) Fusion RT Fierlan OTL
Chloe Weller Army Cycling Race Team (ACRT) OTL
Charmaine Porter (U23) Team Ford Ecoboost OTL
Keira McVitty (U23) Team WNT OTL
Bethany Taylor (U23) Vertex-Biemme RT OTL
Jennifer Holden (U23) Fusion RT Fierlan OTL
Rebecca Goodson Velo Schils – Interbike RT OTL
Karen Poole Sportstest RT OTL
Jessica Duffy Bianchi Dama UK OTL
Grace Garner (U23) Wiggle High5 OTL
Emily Kay (U23) Team WNT OTL
Tina Hartwright Fusion RT Fierlan OTL
Crystal Lane-Wright Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire OTL
Charlotte Redden (U23) Cycle Team OnForm OTL
Charlotte Colclough Bianchi Dama UK OTL
Alexandra Sheehan (U23) Bianchi Dama UK OTL
Lucy Harper (U23) Cycle Team OnForm OTL



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