Nationals road race wrap up

25 Jun 2017

Nationals road race wrap up

Fourth place for Pete Kennaugh in the British road race capped off an entertaining day of national championship racing. We review all of Sunday's action.

Team Sky riders were in action across five countries on Sunday, with Manxman Kennaugh coming closet to victory on home turf during a thrilling British road race. Team Sky found themselves in the thick of the action from the second lap of the afternoon, with Ian Stannard, Jon Dibben, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Owain Doull and Kennaugh infiltrating attacks as the race blew apart.
 
With the situation constantly evolving, Kennaugh was able to push clear in a lead quartet with two finishing circuits remaining. However there was no stopping Steve Cummings (Dimension Data), who powered away to take an impressive solo victory, adding to his time trial title from earlier in the week. 
 
Team Sky also had strong representation in Italy, where Gianni Moscon led the line with fifth place from the elite front group. The newly crowned time trial champion was alert and tried to follow the winning acceleration of Fabio Aru, but the Astana rider would not be denied and finished solo, 40 seconds ahead of the chasers. Salvatore Puccio impressed in the closing stages, riding hard in service of team-mate Moscon. 
 
Backing up his runner-up finish in Friday’s time trial, Mikel Landa rode to seventh in the Spanish road race. The Basque star launched a gutsy attack on the final lap but was hauled back. As ever Movistar kept a tight grip on the race and the victory went to Jesus Herrada in Sorria.
 
Michal Golas and Lukasz Wisniowski represented Sky in Poland. The breakaway carved out a huge advantage in excess of 16 minutes, and that proved to be too big to overturn, with Golas taking ninth place as the chasing pack sprinted it out behind winner Adrian Kurek (CCC Sprandi Polkowice).
 
Wout Poels continued his racing return at the Dutch nationals. A fast course in Montferland played into the hands of the sprinters and it was Ramon Sinkeldam (Team Sunweb) who popped up to take the win, with Poels finishing safely in the bunch.

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