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Bradley Wiggins wins the British Road Championships 2011


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On a balmy Sunday afternoon in quaint Stamfordham, Sky did ‘what England expected’ and grabbed the first four places in the British elite road race championship over 197 hard Northumbrian kilometres; and the skeletal Bradley Wiggins will start the Tour in the white British champion’s jersey after jumping his team mates on the run in; defending champion Geraint Thomas took silver, Peter Kennaugh was third and Ian Stannard fourth.

We were on the scene early – in time to catch the end of the ladies’ championship.

‘That was savage, Ed!’

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The four who were racing.

Was Vik’s summary of the that particular race; there were four away, Emma Pooley, Sharon Laws, Lizzie Armistead (Cervelo) and Nicole Cooke (MCipollini), then – much later, the bunch at pedestrian speed.

But what’s slower than ‘pedestrian’…?

The next big group was moving at Cyclists Touring Club speed – ‘savage‘ is probably the best word.

Through the finish, the chase groups were down on the drops, but out on the circuit it’s back on the tops, catch a few rays, have a chat.

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Nicole Cooke.
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Lizzie Armistead.

Chequered flag time and it’s Lizzie who zips into view first with a desperate looking Nicole a few seconds back then Sharon and Emma giving three Garmin-Cervelos in the first four.

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Evan Oliphant.
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Dan Patten.
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Andy Fenn.
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Alex Coutts.

We did the rounds before the start; Evan Oliphant (Endura) looking lean; Dan Fleeman (Raleigh) fully recovered from 8th in Beauce; Dan Patten (Flanders) still smiling about his win in Flanders, last week; Andy Fenn (AN Post) making last minute adjustments to that Dolan; Alex Coutts (Giant) hasn’t done much lately due to opening his bike shop – he’ll have fun, today.

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Kristian House rides past – he’s serious.

We decided to miss the start and get on the Ryals climb; our take was that Sky would explode it early and we wanted to be there.

Not easy – maybe it was a marshall giving us a bum steer but we ended up lost.

If there were race arrows, we didn’t see then.

Let’s moan first – the big circuit was too big at an hour round; it should be half of that and do you really need a ‘death climb’ so early?

Sky were always going to try to eliminate most of the field there.

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It’s nice, but quiet.
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Great scenery for a bike ride, but a championship?

And it shouldn’t be out in the wilds – what’s wrong with passing shops, bars and toilets ?

OK, now that’s out of the way.

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Top of the Ryals climb.

Lap one, top of the Ryals climb and the race could well be over; around a dozen are away, with three Sky’s – Froome, Dowsett and Thomas plus ‘our Dan’ Fleeman, Kristian House (Rapha), Steve Lampiere (Sigma) . .

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Wiggins, Stannard and Kennaugh.

Just behind, Wiggins, Stannard and Kennaugh for Sky – looking like they’ll make it up.

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After the Giro, Russell will be used to suffering.

With team mates Swift not far behind and Downing not far away either.

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Dan Lloyd.
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Malcolm Elliott.
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Roger Hammond.

And those who won’t figure today; in no particular order – Jez (Sky), Cav (HTC), Roger Hammond and Dan Lloyd (Cervelo), Rob Hayles (Endura), Dan Patten, Malcolm Elliott (Motorpoint), Adam Blythe (Lotto)…