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Ian Stannard won the men’s British road race national title on Sunday in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, on Sunday.

Stannard (Sky) made the winning move from an earlier escape group to take a fine solo win – and the third consecutive British national title holder to come from the Sky team.

Alex Dowsett (Sky) finished in second, with Russell Hampton (Raleigh-GAC) putting in a strong ride to complete the podium. Ben Swift and Jeremy Hunt in fourth and fifth gave Sky four riders in the top five.

Mike Cuming (Rapha Condor Sharp) took the under-23 men’s title.

The day’s action was kicked off in earnest by a five-man escape group consisting of Dowsett, Stannard (both Sky), Hampton, Graham Briggs (both Raleigh-GAC) and Oli Beckingsale (Endura MTB).

Dowsett and Briggs instigated the break, and were joined by mountain biker Beckingsale. The trio struck out for a while, before almost being caught. However, as the bunch neared, Stannard and Hampton bridged across and breathed new life into their efforts.

The quintet then forged ahead, pushing their advantage over the bunch to seven minutes at one point. Endura took up the pace-setting of the bunch, and the time gap started to dwindle, going back down to just a couple of minutes.

First Beckingsale and then Briggs were dropped from the lead group, leaving Dowsett, Stannard and Hampton. Behind, the bunch started losing its momentum, perhaps sensing that the leaders were determined to stay away.

By the final lap of the finishing circuit, the trio of escapees had pushed the time gap back up to nearly seven minutes. Peter Williams (Node4-Giordana) attempted to chase the leaders solo, but the winner was now going to come from one of the three escapees.

Stannard attacked in final 20 miles, with Hampton in pursuit as Dowsett temporarily dropped back but then regained contact. Behind them, Ben Swift (Sky) had bridged up to Williams to form a chasing duo.

As Stannard hit the final 15.3km finishing lap of six, he had gained a 45-second lead over Hampton and Dowsett and his win was sealed.

Earlier in the day Sharon Laws won the women’s national title ahead of Lizzie Armitstead and Emma Pooley.

Result

British road race National Championship 2012, 183km


1. Ian Stannard (Sky)

2. Alex Dowsett (Sky) at 1-14

3. Russell Hampton (Raleigh-GAC) at same time

4. Ben Swift (Sky) at 7-45

5. Jeremy Hunt (Sky) at 7-59

6. David Clarke (Node4-Giordana)

7. Luke Rowe (Sky) at same time

8. Jonathan McEvoy (Endura) at 8-02

9. Simon Richardson (IG-Sigma Sport) at 8-05

10. Michael Cuming (Rapha Condor Sharp) at 8-07

Under-23 men

1. Michael Cuming (Rapha Condor Sharp)





Alex Dowsett, Ian Stannard and Russell Hampton in lead





Peter Williams and Ben Swift chase the escape





Ian Stannard wins





Ian Stannard at the finish





Dowsett, Stannard and Hampton on the podium

Related links



British road race National Championships 2012 photo gallery by Andy Jones



Ian Stannard: Rider Profile



Sharon Laws wins national road race title

  • stuart stanton

    There was a pathetic crowd. On the same day tens of thousands of people lined the streets of West Yorkshire waiting for the Olympic Flame. I sense a great opportunity was missed; instead of holding the race in a location where sheep were in the majority as spectators, it could have been routed to finish in Ilkley, Skipton, Keighley or Leeds before a huge audience,.
    Also, no-one has pointed out that Dowsett and Hampton were members of the terrific Glendene Juniors team 5/6 years ago,. and pretty good mates to boot..

  • stuart stanton

    There was a pathetic crowd. On the same day tens of thousands of people lined the streets of West Yorkshire waiting for the Olympic Flame. I sense a great opportunity was missed; instead of holding the race in a location where sheep were in the majority as spectators, it could have been routed to finish in Ilkley, Skipton, Keighley or Leeds before a huge audience,.
    Also, no-one has pointed out that Dowsett and Hampton were members of the terrific Glendene Juniors team 5/6 years ago,. and pretty good mates to boot..

  • Mark Jones

    TV coverage is getting better as I think last year it was on after Saturday’s Tour coverage so you’d already seen Wiggins in the jersey if you’d managed to avoid the result, which is highly unlikely. I did avoid the result this year and watched the TV coverage, but it was a very dull race and Sky killed the race within a few miles. I was impressed with Russell Hampton (who I predicted to do well) for bridging the gap and staying with Stannard and Dowsett to the finish and becoming the first non-Sky rider on the podium since before Team Sky.

    It’s all well and good wanting more coverage, but when we pretty much know the result from the off then it isn’t really worth providing more than a one hour highlights show. I predicted that Hampton may do well after his showing in the Tour de Beauce and he along with Dave Clarke who was the highest placed Brit in that race were the only riders to stop Team Sky from having every rider finishing in the top five. These were two domestic riders who didn’t participate in the Tour Series and it paid off. I agree with Sheldon that BC should give on home based riders more opportunities to race over this distance prior to the nationals. How great would it be if we had a series of Sunday races for the men and women’s teams with similar TV highlights on a Monday night.

    Endura never had a chance with JTL just returing from injury and most of the team spending May and June riding the Tour Series. Now those same riders with also be riding crits throughout July with limited opportunities to race over a longer distance, so I hope this doesn’t harm their chances in the Tour of Britain.

    And what of our other World Tour riders outside of Team Sky. Not one rider finished the race, which is terribly poor.

  • Ken Evans

    Looks like there was a decent crowd.

    Surely it wouldn’t be difficult to rig-up a web cam
    so people could watch the race via the Internet.

    You would think that SKY TV in the UK
    would be making more publicity,
    for the success of their own team ???

    Kind of negates the point of putting money into sponsorship if they don’t !

  • sheldon

    Having been lucky enough to watch the last 3 Nationals it was predictable that a SKY rider would win. I thought Stannard would be too strong and so it turned out to be.
    For the last 3 years SKY’s race tactics have been very simple but very effective. From the gun smash the race apart. They did this at Pendle, and on the Ryals in the Beaumont. Within 3 miles yesterday (Byland Abbey) they were at it again.
    Therefore why did a Team like Endura not cover the first move? Raleigh did and well done to Briggsy and Hampton.
    Instead from what I saw The Endura boys let the race go down the road. Only on the 3rd of the big laps did Endura react, all their team on the front trying to close the move down. Too late, they only succeeded in smashing themselves apart. Poor tactics indeed.
    To be fair this team has only had 1 hour races for prep, on a difficult course 114 miles is a long way. If BC want to see an improvement in domestic road racing we need to see quality races of this kind more often. You can’t expect Joe public to organise this kind of race, BC need to support and organise the races of this quality and hold them every fortnight, only then can the home based teams complete with SKY.
    The danger is when SKy goes what will happen.
    Thoughts?

  • mudguard

    I agree with that geoff, although I can understand that it might be difficult for reasons of cost. However, it would take very little for British Cycling to put out live text updates on their website. It’s frustrating having the build up to an event and the result, yet nothing to inform you of developments during the race, which let’s face it is the most interesting time. Maybe next year, but I’ll not hold my breath.

  • geoff

    What a pity British TV don’t cover these events live instead of putting out a half-baked recording showing nothing of the progress of tactics. French Belgium and Dutch TV put out respectively full coverage which I watched on computer i-player for free. If it had been athletics; cricket; motor racing; we would have had full coverage including long intro’s and analysis to bore us.
    Well done Stannard; the result I expected.

  • VCN

    Hello,

    Could you please put full results of these races. Thanks.