Ken­naugh best of the brits

Cycling Weekly - - TEAM GB -

Af­ter his stel­lar year, Bri­tain’s Si­mon Yates of Team GB, along with his brother Adam, were both hov­er­ing there or there­abouts in peo­ple’s Inns­bruck ex­pec­ta­tions, but on the day it was Manx­man Peter Ken­naugh who en­joyed the best legs of the Bri­tish team, ul­ti­mately plac­ing 16th.

“I felt pretty good all race, I just didn’t have it on that steep climb,” Ken­naugh said af­ter­wards. “I knew it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult; I tried to force some­thing on the cir­cuit climb.”

Ken­naugh’s per­for­mance was a re­turn to form in a sea­son where he strug­gled with “feel­ing down” and fatigue ear­lier in the year, which re­sulted in an ab­sence from rac­ing.

Ian Stan­nard and Tao Geoghe­gan Hart spent two cir­cuits soft­en­ing up the bunch be­fore Ken­naugh’s at­tack on the Olympic cir­cuit climb with 45 kilo­me­tres re­main­ing. He opened a size­able gap be­fore he was over­hauled and tried again a lap later, with the in­ten­tion of po­si­tion­ing Adam Yates at the foot of Hot­tinger Höll. In the event Ken­naugh was stronger even than Yates, who went on to place 37th.

“Af­ter I was brought back I spoke to Adam [Yates] and he said Si­mon wasn’t on a great day and so, yeah, just do what we can.”

BC per­for­mance direc­tor Stephen Park said he had no com­plaints with the per­for­mance of his charges.

“I think the guys rode well, they rode to the plan,” he said. “In the mid­dle sec­tion of the race they tried hard to put the pres­sure on — they were pretty much pulling the bunch along for a cou­ple of hours.”

Ken­naugh opens up a gap on the Olympic climb

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