Chris Lawless sprinted to the men’s title at the British Cycling National Circuit Race Championships last night in Birmingham.
Twenty-year-old Lawless led home a JLT Condor presented by Mavic, one-two-three ahead of Russ Downing and Jon Mould in an unprecedented podium clean sweep.
“It’s a great feeling having a stripy jumper.” said Chris Lawless after the event, held in Britain’s second largest city.
“There’s no feeling like it, pulling it on. This is only my second senior national title – the first one was in the team pursuit. This is my first individual senior national title, I’m really happy to win it.”
Fifth national title for the Men in Black
Throughout the race JLT Condor p/b Mavic ensured they featured in every attack with title contenders Chris Lawless, Jon Mould, Alistair Slater and Graham Briggs all active.
But after repeated breaks had failed the race was together, albeit stretched, heading into the final lap of the 1.1km circuit. Chris Lawless championship win takes JLT Condor’s British title tally to five. He follows Dean Downing (2008), Kristian House (2009), Ed Clancy (2010) and Graham Briggs (2011) who have all worn and won a coveted white, red and blue jersey riding for JLT Condor.
It was the first time the city of Birmingham have hosted the race, drawing over 15,000 spectators. The championships were shown live on Eurosport and can be watched again on Eurosport Player for the next 30 days.
The team now head to London to take part in the Ride London (UCI 1.2) on Sunday 31st July, a race that utilises the 2012 Olympic Road Race course.
Coverage of the race is live on BBC1 from 15.30-18.30 and Eurosport 1 / Eurosport player 15.30-18.30 GMT.
A five man team will travel to Ireland to take part in a four day stage race in the Irish Republic.
Note: Jon Mould returned to racing last week after suffering a broken collarbone in June.
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