JLT Condor claim two medals at 2017 British National Championships, Ian Bibby took third in the road race event.
Team Dimension Data’s Steve Cummings produced a stunning ride to claim the national championship jersey in the road race. The victory was his second title of the week at the HSBC UK | National Road Championships on the Isle of Man.
Cummings, a two time Grand Tour stage winner, added the road race title to the time trial crown he won on Thursday, capping a wonderful return to racing after recovering from a fractured collarbone, sternum and scapula sustained in a crash during April’s Tour of the Basque country.
The 36-year-old managed to overhaul a four-man breakaway group of Ian Bibby (JLT Condor), Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates), Chris Lawless (Axeon Hagens Berman CT) and home favourite Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) before capitalising on that initiative to launch a solo attack as the race entered its final stages.
Ian Bibby and former JLT Condor man, Chris Lawless attacked the favourites and worked hard to establish a gap over Ben Swift and Peter Kennaugh, both of whom are former title holders. Chris Lawless out-sprinted Bibby to claim a silver medal.
Ian Bibby is the first rider from a continental (tier-two) team to claim a medal in the championships since Kristian House in 2009. Bibby’s performance saw him out ride several world-tour race favourites.
“It was a good day. Legs felt good on the climb rather than having to battle across later, I went across with the favourites. Pete Kennaugh was making moves and I was trying to mark him.”
“Even with 60km to go, we go flat out and I didn’t know where was. It was a hard day. It felt like the slowest sprint in the world as everyone’s been going so hard.”
Graham Briggs, who was part of an initial break of the day finished 9th in the road race event. The performance JLT Condor were the only continental level team to have riders finish the event and also within the top ten.
Bronze for Gullen
Earlier in the championships James Gullen claimed third in the time trial event finishing behind Alex Dowsett and Steve Cummings. His performance in the time trial saw Gullen out perform Olympian Owain Doull and Team Sky’s Tao Geoghegan Hart.
Team manager, John Herety was thrilled with the performance and said afterwards:
“The team rode absolutely fantastically today. Graham and Tom were in an early break. Ed Laverack helped Ian Bibby get across to the break, it felt like we were on the front foot all day. Brilliant performance from all the riders in the team. I can’t praise them enough.”
Highlights are available on ITV4 On Demand from Monday 26 June and on British Eurosport Player.
2017 National Road Race Championship Results
1 Stephen Cummings Team Dimension Data 4:28:49
2 Christopher Lawless (U23) Axeon Hagens Berman CT +40
3 Ian Bibby JLT Condor st
4 Peter Kennaugh MBE Team Sky +48
5 Ben Swift UAE Abu Dhabi +2:17
6 Ian Stannard Team Sky +3:03
7 Scott Thwaites Team Dimension Data +3:44
8 Tao Geoghegan Hart Team Sky +4:43
9 Graham Briggs JLT Condor +6:17
10 Alex Dowsett Movistar Team st
11 James Shaw Lotto Soudal st
12 Jonathan Dibben Team Sky st