Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quickstep) beat defending champion Ian Stannard (Sky Procyling) and 2007 champion David Millar in a sprint for the line to take his first national champion’s jersey, which he will wear during this year’s Tour de France. Simon Yates, World Points Race champion, won the U23 championships from 100% ME teammate Owain Doull and Team Raleigh’s Tom Moses.
Earlier in the day, Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) regained the title she won in 2011, beating the Wiggle Honda duo of Laura Trott and Dani King. Trott’s 2nd place saw her take the U23 women’s title, ahead of Emma Grant (Matrix Fitness Racing) and Elinor Barker (also of Wiggle Honda).
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, commented on a momentous day in Glasgow:
“Glasgow was buzzing with excitement at the National Road Race Championships as some of the biggest names in world cycling took to the streets today. Nearly 200 elite athletes raced through the heart of the city and a 30,000 strong crowd turned out to watch Lizzie Armitstead and Mark Cavendish don the coveted striped jerseys. The success of today’s event and the fantastic public support stands us in very good stead for the portfolio of world-class events we have coming to the city in the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and beyond.
“As a city we recognise how important cycling is not only to elite athletes, but to general health and wellbeing and this is why we are committed to developing cycling at all levels. I’m sure today’s event will be an inspiration for many of our stars of the future.”
Highlights of the British Cycling National Road Championships will be broadcast on ITV4 on Monday 24 June at 19:00 hours.