Here’s the VeloVeritas take on our Sunday in the City by the Clyde, or as it goes in The Gaelic, ‘The Dear Green Place’, for the British Road Championships 2013.
Many of you will have been there and will have your own race report inside your head but just to remind you:
“Stannard and Fenn go clear on lap one; Millar, Kennaugh, Swift and Cavendish chase and eventually bridge up; those six are the race; Swift and Fenn run out of gas and slide off; Kennaugh gets dropped on the last lap; Cav leaves Stannard and Millar in his jet wash over the last 350 metres in Glasgow Green to be crowned British Champion.”
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The Men of the Day
As Dave says, he draws you into being a fan – and that was before we saw him ride in the break all day long.
You’ll have your own superlatives for the man – all we can say is; ‘total respect, Mark.’
He’s the real thing, we wrote about him winning Gullegem Koerse the other week, no ‘softies’ win that one.
I remember seeing him before the Copenhagen U23 Worlds and thinking; ‘he could get a medal here!’ he was so focussed – and history proved me correct.
Sometimes there’s a tad too much art school ‘RaphaSpeak’ for me; but you have to respect the man.
There’s not much he hasn’t done in professional cycling – and call me corny but I love the fact that he’s proud of his Scottish roots.
When some were ducking on the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Millar was right there and giving his all for the Saltire.
Martin and I were at the Tour one year a barrier leaning US fan for some reason thought that ‘Mee-lahr’ was American.
The reply was succinct; ‘I’m f**king Scottish!’
He’s paid his dues, Landbouwkrediet and ISD – neither team was for cissies.
He was stellar in Milan-Sanremo and if Sky gets their Classics preparation right then he’s a man who could win one.
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But it wasn’t a good day for…
He’s still suffering from his war wounds from Thursday night when his front tub and base tape got a divorce on the first corner of the night in the British time trial champs.
But doesn’t he look the part?
His progress has stalled a little this season and this was another day which wasn’t his.
The world was this man’s oyster, 12 months ago.
Personally, I don’t think Sky was the right choice – I’d have taken the big offer from NetApp.
But word is that he’ll have freedom at the Vuelta, we hope so – a big talent and a nice guy.
A man who it’s impossible not to respect – but a day spent in those groups chasing in vain all day for the NetApp man.
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And we like…
A former winner of this race, he looks and rides like a pro should – sixth in this company speaks for itself.
One of Glasgow’s coolest bars, enough said.
Davie’s colour scheme; his bike and kit might not be to everyone’s taste but it gets noticed and looks the part – plus it’s so much safer to ride in that all that black stuff…
Ben Swift’s Dogs
It’s the kind of thing to make Vik’s eyebrows raise and start him ranting – but we like a bit of nonsense now and again; it’s a good photo op and conversation starter.
And on the subject of Vik… good to see him, Dave Chapman and former grass track king, John Hardie enjoying the race.
‘Ceud Mile Failte‘ it says when you enter Glasgow Green; ‘A Hundred Thousand Welcomes’ that means in the Gaelic tongue – and wasn’t the race route great?
It was maybe one of the all time great British bike races?
And we loved the artwork above the Val d’Oro chip shop.
Two guys we like but who are not quite there, yet…
Vik and I disagree over Ben, I think he’s a quality rider with Grand Tour stage wins in his legs – Vik thinks that he’s too cosseted on Sky.
Vik likes Ian Stannard because he paid his dues on much less high profile squads that Sky.
And he now likes Alex Dowsett because he jumped ship on Planet Murdoch – both fair comments.
But I think he’s wrong about Ben – although I did say that Cav would never make it with the pros…
Ben’s not quite yet back to 100% fitness after his bad crash in Mallorca at the start of the year, but he’s not far away.
Peter has never forgiven me for allegedly misquoting him about a madison he rode with Cav – I can’t even remember which one it was, now.
‘Have you forgiven me yet, Peter?’ I’ve asked him.
But any man that can be on the winning squad in an Olympic team pursuit final is quality – we just wish the magazines would stop bigging him up as; ‘Britain’s next Tour de France winner’ and let him get on with learning his job.
We thought he’d be on the podium in Glasgow but that really was a regal trio in front of him.
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But we’re not sure about…
It’s a thin line between cool and OTT – we think that he’s taken the Professorial thing too far.
There’s number of good barbers in Glasgow, Brian.
We like the man, we’ve worked with him and he’s cool – but those shoes…
Or are we just getting old?
After all our romantic waxing lyrical about Glasgow we thought we’d have a wander through The Barras market and get back to reality.
So if you want a quality rig at a good price for the forthcoming British MTB Champs – now you know exactly where to come.
Thank you for having us, Glasgow – you were great.
Result - British Road Championships 2013
2 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:02
3 David Millar (GBr) Garmin – Sharp 0:00:08
4 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:42
5 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:06:40
6 Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 0:11:50
7 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp – Endura 0:11:52
8 Simon Yates (GBr) 100% ME
9 Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team UK Youth 0:12:15
10 Yanto Barker (GBr) Team UK Youth 0:14:55
11 Peter Williams (GBr) Team IG – Sigma Sport 0:15:06
12 Russell Downing (GBr) Team Netapp – Endura 0:15:25
13 Thomas Stewart (GBr) Team Raleigh
14 Ben Greenwood (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing 0:15:28
15 Robert Partridge (GBr) Team UK Youth 0:16:43
16 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post – Chainreaction
16 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post – Chainreaction
17 Owain Doull (GBr) 100% ME
18 Richard Handley (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
19 Russell Hampton (GBr) Team Raleigh
20 Thomas Moses (GBr) Team Raleigh 0:20:52
21 Jack Adams (GBr) Zappi’s Pro Cycling 0:23:46
22 George Harper (GBr) Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT
23 James Ratcliffe (GBr) Zappi’s Pro Cycling
23 Will Stephenson (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
24 Robert Hassan (GBr) Ibaigane Opel 0:23:48
25 James McCallum (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT 0:23:57
OTL Liam Stones (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
OTL David Watson (GBr) Coventry Road Club
OTL Stuart MacGregor (GBr) www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk
OTL Kieran Frend (GBr) An Post – Chainreaction
OTL Luke Ryan (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus
OTL Scott McCrossan (GBr) Rock to Roll Cycles Ltd
OTL Craig Adams (GBr) GJS Cruise Racing
OTL Tom Barras (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD
OTL Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh
OTL William Bjergfelt (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
OTL Matthew Holmes (GBr) Team Raleigh
OTL Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh
OTL Joe Moses (GBr) Team Sportscover
OTL David Clarke (GBr) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
OTL Samuel Harrison (GBr) 100% ME
OTL Alex Peters (GBr) Madison Genesis
OTL Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison Genesis
OTL Alistair Slater (GBr) 100% ME
OTL Joe Fox (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
OTL Robert Crampton (GBr) Terra Footwear – Bicycle Line
OTL Oliver Beckingsale (GBr) Endura MTB Racing
OTL Andrew Hawdon (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes
OTL Jonathan Mould (GBr) Team UK Youth
OTL Paul Oldham (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing
OTL Martin Ford (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes
OTL James McLaughlin (GBr) Team Sojasun ACNC
OTL Samuel Lowe (GBr) 100% ME
OTL Dan Pearson (GBr) Zappi’s Pro Cycling
OTL Jonathan Dibben (GBr) 100% ME
OTL Declan Byrne (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
OTL George Pym (GBr) Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals
OTL Alex Coutts (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes
OTL Harry Godding (GBr) PMR@Toachim House
OTL Andrew Whitehall (GBr) Velo Ecosse/Montpeliers
OTL Joshua Hunt (GBr) Team UK Youth
OTL Andrew Coupe (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD
OTL Liam Glen (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD
OTL Jonathan Mcevoy (GBr) Team Netapp – Endura
OTL Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team Netapp – Endura
OTL Matthew Woods (GBr) Team Monturano
OTL Gary Hand (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes
OTL Robert Smail (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT
OTL Jon Tiernan (GBr) Locke Sky Procycling
OTL Edward Laverack (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
OTL Thomas Smith (GBr) Lumet-VDBG Steenhouwerij
OTL Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
OTL Joshua Teasdale (GBr) Terra Footwear – Bicycle Line
OTL Dean Downing (GBr) Madison Genesis
OTL Matthew Pilkington (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT
OTL David Griffiths (GBr) Glasgow Whls
DNF Josh Edmondson (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNF Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling
DNF George Atkins (GBr) 100% ME
DNF Joseph Kelly (GBr) 100% ME
DNF Christopher Latham (GBr) 100% ME
DNF Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team
DNF Adam Yates (GBr) CC Etupes
DNF Michael Nicolson (GBr) Doltcini Flanders
DNF Jake Tanner (GBr) Doltcini Flanders
DNF Thomas Bustard (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes
DNF James Sampson (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes
DNF Harry Tanfield (GBr) Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes
DNF Daniel Mclay (GBr) Lotto-Belisol U23
DNF Sebastian Baylis (GBr) Madison Genesis
DNF Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis
DNF Jack Pullar (GBr) Madison Genesis
DNF Chris Snook (GBr) Madison Genesis
DNF Andrew Tennant (GBr) Madison Genesis
DNF Brennan Townshend (GBr) Madison Genesis
DNF Dexter Gardias (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT
DNF Kit Gilham (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT
DNF Robert Orr (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT
DNF Ben Stockdale (GBr) Metaltek -Knights of Old RT
DNF Perry Bowater (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
DNF David Lines (GBr) MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling
DNF Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar
DNF Richard Hepworth (GBr) Node 4-Giordani
DNF Steve Lampier (GBr) Node 4-Giordani
DNF Andrew Magnier (GBr) Node 4-Giordani
DNF Christian Varley (GBr) Node 4-Giordani
DNF Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega-Pharma – Quickstep
DNF Francis Cade (GBr) Pedal Heaven RT
DNF Jake Martin (GBr) Pedal Heaven RT
DNF Hugh Carthy (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
DNF Edward Clancy (GBr) MBE Rapha Condor JLT
DNF Michael Cuming (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
DNF Elliott Porter (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
DNF Edward Clemens (GBr) Spirit Bikes Racing Team
DNF James Gullen (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing
DNF Ross Edgar (GBr) Team IG – Sigma Sport
DNF Andrew Griffiths (GBr) Team IG – Sigma Sport
DNF Joseph Perrett (GBr) Team IG – Sigma Sport
DNF Ben Dean (GBr) Team Leapfrog
DNF Graham Briggs (GBr) Team Raleigh
DNF Daniel Patten (GBr) SmartStop P/B Mountain Khakis
DNF Sam Boast (GBr) Team Sportscover
DNF Tobyn Horton (GBr) Team UK Youth
DNF James Lowsley-Williams (GBr) Team UK Youth
DNF Chris Opie (GBr) Team UK Youth
DNF Richard Tanguy (GBr) Team UK Youth
DNF Joshua Cunningham (GBr) Terra Footwear – Bicycle Line
DNF Tom Mazzone (GBr) Terra Footwear – Bicycle Line
DNF Robert Wardell (GBr) Trek UK
DNF Owen Lake (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus
DNF Jack Kirk (GBr) Velo Sport Hyerois
DNF Adam Duggleby (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD
DNF Richard Meadows (GBr) Team Sportscover
DNF Dominic Schils (GBr) TO WIN – JOSAN CT
DNF Paul Rennie (GBr) www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk
DNF Scot Bullivant (GBr) Rock And Road Cycles
DNF Andrew Hale (GBr) Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique
DNF Peter Murdoch (GBr) Paisley Velo Race Team
DNS Douglas Dewey (GBr) Hennebont Cyclisme
DNS Jonathan Bellis (GBr) ILLI-Bikes Cycling Team
DNS Hugh Wilson (GBr) NFTO
DNS Benjamin Kellett (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing
DNS Matthew Williams (GBr) Team Hope Factory Racing
DNS Stephen Adams (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus
DNS Dean Shannon (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus
DNS Peter Vincent (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus
DNS Alistair Rutherford (GBr) Wheelbase Altura MGD
DNS Callum Wilkinson (GBr) The bicycle works.com
DNS Craig Wallace (GBr) ASFRA Racing Team
DNS Rhys Howells (GBr) Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus
DNS Arthur Doyle (GBr) www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk
Under 23 Classification
1 Simon Yates (GBr) 100% ME 4:39:01
2 Owain Doull (GBr) 100% ME 0:04:51
3 Thomas Moses (GBr) Team Raleigh 0:09:00
4 George Harper (GBr) Felt-Colbornes-Hargroves RT 0:11:54
5 Will Stephenson (GBr) Rapha Condor JLT
6 Robert Hassan (GBr) Ibaigane Opel 0:11:56