Kennaugh pips Swift to men's national road race title

29 June 2014 / 17:50

Peter Kennaugh timed his run to perfection to outsprint Ben Swift by a wheel’s length and take the 2014 British Cycling men’s road race title in Abergavenny.

Kennaugh, who formed part of the gold medal wining team pursuit squad at London 2012, had previously won the junior and Under-23 road race titles in 2007 and 2008.

However he had failed to claim top spot on the podium in the senior race, twice finishing second and third.

But the 25-year-old firmly put that stat to bed on Sunday in a thrilling finish with Team Sky colleague Ben Swift.

The pair found themselves out on their own with two laps to go, having dropped Simon Yates.

But there would be no separating the two on the final climb leaving Kennaugh to make the crucial move 25 metres out to take the narrow victory.

It means Kennaugh takes over the crown from fellow Manxman Mark Cavendish – who was forced to pull out of the race before the weekend due to bronchitis – while Yates completed the podium in third.

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