Peter Kennaugh won the British Cycling National Championships road race, capping off a dominant Team Sky display by out-sprinting Rotherham’s Ben Swift to win in Abergavenny.
The team mates surged clear with two laps to go and Kennaugh timed his sprint finish to perfection, using Swift’s slipstream and then overhauling his team-mate at the death to take the victory by less than bicycle wheel in south-east Wales.
Orica-GreenEdge rider Simon Yates, who had fought valiantly to remain in contention despite Team Sky’s numbers in the leading pack, came home third, one minute and eight seconds behind the leading pair.
Early breakaway rider Luke Rowe was 30 seconds further back in fourth, while Josh Edmondson was next home as Team Sky took four of the top-five places.
Kennaugh was delighted to secure his maiden British Championships victory.
He said: “The last lap when I was with Swifty it’s hard to race against such a good mate and play those tactics (with him) sitting on me for the whole of the last lap.
“Once I tried my luck with the attacks and the climbs and he was still with me, I thought it was game over.
“But I knew the sprint from 2009 when Kristian House beat me, I took it up really early and I knew that maybe with the last 200m downhill I stood a bit of a chance so I remained positive, gave it my best shot and when I was coming round to the line I couldn’t believe it, it felt surreal.”