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Ian Stannard – New British Road Champion 2012


Winning the British elite road race title? Simple; go in the early break with a team-mate, drive to get a decent gap, ride tempo and when the opposition start to bring you back, step on the gas, crack them, then drop your breakaway companions to win in solitary splendour. That’s if your name is Ian Stannard – and that’s exactly how he came to be standing on the top step of the podium at Ampleforth Abbey on Sunday after 182 kilometres around a picturesque but tough parcours in North Yorkshire.

Stannard began to acquire his taste for standing on podiums back in 2003, with placings in the British youth road and cyclo cross championships.

Within a year he was national junior TT champion and winner of the junior Tour of Ireland.

The progression continued in 2005 with wins in junior road races in Belgium and Switzerland, not to mention a European junior team pursuit championship.

For 2006 he was with Dutch team Van Vliet and stepping up to gold medal level in the European U23 team pursuit championship as well as winning the U23 Stuttgart Six Day.

He won the traditional season opening Eddie Soens GP in England and took out Milano – Busseto, ending the season as a stagiaire with T-Mobile.

No nonsense Belgian squad Landbouwkrediet was ‘home’ for 2008 with third in the GC of the Tour of Britain probably his strongest result.