Mark Cavendish has claimed his first National Road Race Championship in typical sprint finish in front of an ecstatic crowd in Glasgow. Riding for Omega Pharma-Quickstep, Cavendish entered the final straight in the company of Ian Stannard (miraculously recovered from a puncture in the penultimate lap), David Millar and Peter Kennaugh but delivered his trademark sprint to outclass the rest across the 184.6km course. Stannard (Team Sky) had to settle for second and Garmin-Sharp’s Millar third, with Kennaugh dropping from the podium.
Cav’s website now declares: ‘Fastest man on two wheels. FACT.’
In the Women’s National Road Race Championships Lizzie Armitstead (riding for Dolmans-Boels) held off the challenge of Olympic team pursuit champions Laura Trott and Dani King to retain the title she has held since 2011.