Ken­naugh sees off the chal­lenge of Cavendish to re­tain Bri­tish road race crown in Lin­coln

The Herald - Sport - - CYCLING, CRICKET -

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

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