Dowsett, Rowsell and Harrison take British National TT Champs
Alex Dowsett, Joanna Rowsell and Sam Harrison were crowned champions in the 2013 National Time Trial Championships in Stewarton, East Ayrshire, Thursday.
Dowsett (Movistar Team) took his third consecutive title despite the Giro d’Italia stage winner suffering an early crash which forced him to change bikes. Dowsett finished 21 seconds ahead of Matthew Bottrill (www.drag2zero.com) who took silver, edging out Team Sky’s Ben Swift.
After the race, Dowsett told British Cycling:
“I was up quick after the crash. My hands were suffering the most, I couldn’t grip the bars. I just had to grin and bear it.
“When I first took this jersey, I think it was Wiggins who said ‘whoever takes this is only looking after this for me’ but I’m going to have this for three years now and I’m becoming quite attached to it.”
Wiggle Honda’s Joanna Rowsell took the women’s title, defeating Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) by over half a minute. Armitstead finished over a minute faster than Katie Colclough (Specialized Lululemon) who took the bronze.
After the race Rowsell commented:
“I was quoted in the media that I was focussing on the road this year, but actually I just wanted a break over the winter, just a normal winter rather than trying to peak for the track worlds in February. But to be honest I felt a bit lost at the start of the season, I didn’t know if I’d be out of the back or what. So I set this as a target quite early in the season just because it was something I knew I could come and do. Initially I was quite worried about the distance being 22 miles, but now I think they suit me actually.”
Sam Harrison (100% ME) successfully defended his under-23 title with an assured performance in Stewarton. The 20-year-old completed the course in 44 minutes and 47 seconds, ahead of Joe Perrett (Team IG Sigma Sport) and teammate George Atkins.
Harrison told British Cycling:
“It’s always good when there’s a good standard field to pull off the win. I felt bad in the week coming up, but I’d been targeting and training for it for a while and I was hoping that on the day I could pull it off so luckily I was on a good day.
The National Time Trial Championships form part of the National Road Championships which continue on Sunday 23 June with the Road Race which starts and finishes at Glasgow Green. The city centre course will feature elements of the proposed route for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The women’s race will get underway at 9:30 and finish at 12:30. The men’s race will start at 13:30 and finish at approximately 17:30 hours.
The full start list and further information about the event including course maps, the best places to watch and information about travel and accommodation can be found on the official event website www.nationalroadchamps.co.uk.
Highlights of the British Cycling National Road Championships will be broadcast on ITV4 on Monday 24 June at 19:00 hours.
Elite Men Individual Time Trial Classification:
1. Alex Dowsett (Movistar) in 1:02:30.85
2. Matthew Bottrill (www.drag2zero.com) at 0:21
3. Ben Swift (Sky Procycling) at 0:21.
Elite Women Individual Time Trial Classification:
1. Joanna Rowsell (Wiggle Honda) in 0:49:25.67
2. Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) at 0:32
3. Katie Colclough (Specialized-Lululemon) at 1:37.
U23 Men Individual Time Trial Classification:
1. Samuel Harrison (100% ME) in 0:44:47.97
2. Joseph Perrett (Team IG – Sigma Sport) at 0:23
3. George Atkins (100% ME) at 1:25.