Kennaugh sees off the challenge of Cavendish to retain British road race crown in Lincoln
PETE KENNAUGH successfully retained the British Championships road race title on Sunday after fighting off the challenge of fellow Manxman Mark Cavendish in Lincoln.
Lizzie Armitstead won the women’s title for a third time with a breakaway victory before Kennaugh prevailed in the men’s race.
Cavendish, the 2013 winner in Glasgow, was one of the key protagonists for the race, which featured nine ascents of the steep Michaelgate climb to the finish between Lincoln Cathedral and the castle.
At one stage of the race he broke away from Kennaugh, only for the defending champion to surge to victory on the final climb, with Ian Stannard coming in third ahead of Luke Rowe.
Kennaugh is the first rider to successfully defend the British men’s title since Roger Hammond in 2003 and 2004. The 26-year-old said: “I think that’s got to be one of the hardest races of my career.
“I’m over the moon just to stay in white with my white bike and all my white accessories. It means a lot to me.”
WHEELING AWAY: Pete Kennaugh (right) leads Mark Cavendish in Lincoln on his way to retaining his British title