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Kennaugh and Armitstead win British road race titles 2015

28th June 2015

The road races at the British Cycling National Championships in Lincolnshire took place today.

In the men's race, Peter Kennaugh won the title for the second year running. With 10km to go, four riders were in the lead - Kennaugh, Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe, and Mark Cavendish. Stannard broke clear, but was chased down by the other three. Then Cavendish accelerated, and took Kennaugh with him. They hit the closing climb of Michaelgate together, and Kennaugh gritted his teeth and made it first to the line, while Cavendish cracked, but came home second. Stannard pipped Luke Rowe for third place.

Kennaugh told British Cycling, 'I'm over the moon just to stay in white, with my white bike and my white accessories!'

Lizzie Armitstead won the women's race. She made her move on the penultimate climb of Michaelgate, and went clear on her own. Alice Barnes was second, and Laura Trott third. 

Armitstead said the race went exactly to plan, and she was relieved and happy. Asked if she knew she was going to get a gap when she attacked, she said, 'Yes, I was pretty confident. I pushed on every time we came to the climb, just to test the legs of everybody and see, and I could see just by pushing on a little bit, I was creating big gaps, so I knew I'd get a good gap over the top.'

See the last 10km of the men's road race:

See the British Cycling report of the event.

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