“Domestically we were by far the best.” John Herety showered praise on his nine man squad after aggressive rides in the 2016 British Road Race Championship. “They all rode so well.”
20 year-old, Chris Lawless finished 9th in the senior race and also took home a silver medal in the under 23 race. Tom Moses was aggressive throughout the day. The Yorkshire born rider featuring in both major breakaways of the day, a tactical move which enabled Lawless to save his legs for a the sprint finish.
After hard fought 100 miles of racing, a select group of 11 riders rode into Stockton-on-Tees, and it was World Tour rider, Adam Blythe who took victory out-sprinting the competition including Lawless, Team Sky’s Andy Fenn and former world champion Mark Cavendish.
Manager, John Herety delighted with all the riders in the squad “George Atkins has come back from injury and featured in an attacks. Chris Lawless made sure he was alert and drove hard to make it into the moves and close attacks down.”
JLT Condor p/b Mavic riders Jon Mould and Ali Slater were unable to start due to injury and illness respectively.
How the race unfolded
There were repeated attacks in a frantic first couple of laps, but riders weren’t able to make them stick in the opening exchanges.
Tom Moses, his first breakaway of the day, moved into a group of nine riders with Alex Peter (Team Sky) and Kristian House (One Pro Cycling) building up a lead of 40 seconds at one stage.
A 30-man chasing group containing Mark Cavendish, Tao Geoghegan Hart (Axeon Hagens Berman CT), Andy Fenn (Team Sky) and Chris Lawless (JLT Condor p/b Mavic) eventually caught the leaders with 35km of racing remaining. No sooner has the groups come together, Tom Moses set off again and was joined by Tinkoff’s Adam Blythe, Alex Peters and Geoghegan Hart. The determined group of four built over a minute lead on the their chasers who, were rapidly shedding riders as they tried to keep the quartet in sight.
Into the final 15km, Mark Cavendish tried several attacks to distance himself from the group and was watched closely by Chris Lawless. The surges of acceleration eventually meant the leading four were caught and the stage was set for a sprint finish. Lawless was the first to round the final corner and despite his good position he was over powered by Cavendish and Blythe. Team Sky’s Andrew Fenn took third while the under-23 title went to Tao Geoghegan Hart.
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“I was perhaps too enthusiastic in the final 600m and tactically I needed this experience. I am really happy with my ride on the day. The group was a high quality one and I am glad I was there.” Explained Chris Lawless after his result.
“The race wasn’t as straight forward as we have to win.” Explained Herety “We had three things to think about, win the championship, win the u23 title and secure points as part of the Tour of Britain qualification process.”
Herety admitted it was a tall order but his team rode their best and they picked up a silver medal and vital Tour of Britain qualification points.
“This was by far the best championships for ages. Well done Stockton.” Said seasoned Team Manager, John Herety.
2016 British Road Race Championships Results
1 Adam Blythe Tinkoff 04:31:07
2 Mark Cavendish MBE Dimension Data
3 Andrew Fenn Team Sky
4 Mark McNally Wanty – Groupe Gobert
5 Scott Thwaites Bora–Argon 18
6 Tao Geoghegan Hart Axeon Hagens Berman CT U23
7 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis
8 Dale Appleby NFTO
9 Christopher Lawless JLT Condor U23
10 James Shaw Lotto Soudal U23
24 finishers from 160 starters.