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National Road Race Championships
The British Road Race Championships in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire proved to be a tough day at the office for the team yesterday. The main threat came from Team Sky as expected and when the WorldTour outfit put Alex Dowsett and Ian Stannard up the road in an early break, the race for the British Champions jersey quickly disappeared from view.
Endura MTB Racing's Oli Beckingsale made it into the break and Ian Wilkinson had also made a move on the first lap only to run out of legs before the lap had finished. Oli continued to hold his own in the break though as the laps went by but the team realised that his presence in the break would not be enough against the might of Team Sky.
On the second of the big 17 mile loops, with the gap at over seven minutes, the team moved to the front of the peloton and halved the gap to the leaders. However, the attempt to close the break down took it's toll and key riders like Scott Thwaites and Erick Rowsell were dropped and retired from the race. As soon as we came off the front of the chase group, the lead for the break opened up again and our chances of adding a second British title in a week evapourated.
Stannard launched a devastating attack on the penultimate lap, breaking clear of teammate Dowsett and Russell Hampton (Raleigh-GAC) to take his first British Road Race title with Dowsett in second and Hampton third.
Jonny McEvoy was Endura Racing's leading rider in 8th place, with Rob Partridge in 12th and Russell Downing was 24th.
There were so many steep climbs and I’m sure it suited some riders but for me I need something I can keep it on the big ring and turn it over. It was a hard day especially with the headwinds and stuff.
We messed up letting the break go away. We got together as a team and the six of us were riding pretty hard for Rus to try and bring it down to within two minutes and see how it goes. It was one of those moments when we couldn’t believe we were having to do this. But we had to do it to see what we could get out of it.
I was on Ian’s (Stannard) wheel when he went on one of the little climbs on the big circuit (opening lap) and I went with maybe three others and none of us could hold his wheel, simple as that. He was just dangling there for quite a while and Russ went to go across with a group with Swift and others and they didn’t even make an impression on the gap. It was one of those moments like ‘don’t let them go, especially with Dowsett out front but that’s bike racing. You can prepare all you want but you never know how it’s going to go.
Estonian Time Trial Championships
Rene Mandri 3rd
Spanish Time Trial Champsionships
Iker Camaño 4th
French Road Race Championships
Alexandre Blain 14th
German Road Race Championships
Paul Voß 14th
Swedish Time Trial Championships
Alexander Wetterhall 3rd
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