Cav sprints to glory

Mark Cavendish
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Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to claim his first National Road Race Championship in Glasgow.

The Manx rider overtook David Millar on the home straight and held off the challenge of Ian Stannard, who recovered from a puncture in the penultimate lap to claim silver.

Millar had attacked in the final stages after a four-man leading group had emerged in the ninth of 14 laps of the circuit around Glasgow’s city centre and west end.But the Scot could not get far enough ahead of Cavendish to negate the Omega Pharma Quickstep rider’s famed sprinting ability.

Peter Kennaugh missed out on a medal after falling behind in the very late stages before the finish in Glasgow Green.

Lizzie Armitstead took the women’s prize, finishing 63 seconds ahead of runner-up Laura Trott, who edged Wiggle Honda teammate Dani King in a sprint finish.

n Former champion Cadel Evans and emerging talent Tejay van Garderen will lead BMC Racing at the Tour de France.