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Rapha Condor JLT’s Nat Champs

Rapha Condor JLT’s Kristian House rode to an excellent 6th place in the National Road Race Championships in Glasgow yesterday.

Despite having just come from six intense weeks of criterium racing at the Tour Series, House once again rose to the occasion at the championships, taking his second top ten placing since winning the event in 2009.

On the tight and demanding city centre course, House formed part of a four man chase group that came at one stage within forty seconds of making contact with eventual winner Mark Cavendish’s breakaway group.

“We got pretty close when Cavendish and Millar’s group were making the junction up to Fenn and Stannard. I think it was half a minute or something. But, as soon as that six were together there was no hesitation from them at all and they put their heads down…”

“Towards the end of a race like that the extra strength they have from the racing they do really showed and we lost ground. Eventually I jumped away from the group coming in to the finish and I managed to hold the guys I was with off to take the placing.”

The 2009 championships that House won was in fact the last time that the race was taken out by a non World Tour rider, and House’s 6th place yesterday made sure that he was once again the best domestic based professional in the race.

House was naturally pleased to have put in such a strong performance in one of the hardest fought National Championships for several years.

“I’m pretty happy with my ride here. The champs are getting harder each year and after spending six weeks just focused on crits, to come here and be competitive against guys who’ve been doing World Tour races is good.”

“I work pretty hard at always doing the extra K’s through the Tour Series and so it’s good to be able to come here and get the reward for that.”

House and his Rapha Condor JLT teammates next event will be the third round of the 2013 Premier Calendar, the Beaumont Trophy, which takes place this Sunday.

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