The British Championship Road Race on the 27th June was a race of attrition, but the riders started leaving via the back door very early in the race, due to the severity of the the seven-mile circuit around the Lancashire: town of Barley,: which was pretty much either up or down all day – but perhaps it had more to do with the pace set by the riders from Team Sky, who, with their numerical advantage and ProTour status took responsibility for the race, forcing the major break on the first of the fifteen laps.
After over five hours of undulating torture,: Geraint Thomas outsprinted his teammate Peter Kennaugh for the title after the third Sky rider in the break, Ian Stannard – who was suffering like a dog, was finally dropped, leaving the two youngsters to it.
VeloVeritas travelled to the Championship, to watch the action and help out a few of the riders with bottles and the like, so we thought you’d like to see the photos from our trip – particularly since Geraint wore his British Champion’s jersey with such valour in the Tour de France.
1. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 180 kilometres in 5-07-08
2. Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) at same time
3. Ian Stannard (Team Sky) at 2-20
4. Jeremy Hunt (Cervelo Test Team) at 7-59
5. Simon Richardson (Sigma Sport-Specialized) at 8-23
6. David Clarke (Pendragon-Le Col-Colnago) at 10-41
7. Dan Fleeman (Team Raleigh) at 10-43
8. Andy Fenn (100% ME) at 13-56
9. Rob Partridge (Endura) at 17-24
10. Paul Esposti (BCV) at 17-25
11. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 17-54
@ 1 lap
12. Rhys Lloyd (Pendragon-Le Col-Colnago)
13. Kristian House (Rapha-Condor-Sharp)
14. Ross Creber (Endura)
15. Ben Greenwood (Rapha-Condor-Sharp)
16. Richard Cartland (Corley Cycles)
17. Doug Dewey (Pendragon-Le Col-Colnago)
18. Tomas Swift-Metcalfe (Palmeiras Resort)
19. Steve Lampier (Pendragon-Le Col-Colnago)
20. Tim Kennaugh (100% ME)