Geraint Thomas will head to the Tour de France as Britain’s national time trial
champion after claiming victory in Northumberland on Thursday.
The Team Sky rider completed the 39.7 kilometre course in a time of 48 minutes 54 seconds, beating Harry Tanfield (Canyon-Eisberg) by 37 seconds while five-time champion Alex Dowsett of Katusha-Alpecin was third, 54 seconds down.
It continues a strong spell of form for Thomas, who won the Criterium du Dauphine at the start of the month as he prepares for the Tour, where he is expected to be a protected rider in the Sky squad alongside Chris Froome.
“It was great,” said Thomas, who was the British road race champion in 2010. “Obviously winning the Dauphine was a big boost, and I’ve done a big bit of training since so to come here and win the Nationals for the first time is
really encouraging. I rarely get to race in the UK or do a one-off time trial either, so I’m really happy.”
Earlier in the day, Hannah Barnes of Canyon-SRAM won the women’s title with a time of 39 minutes 38 seconds over the 28.6km course.
That was enough to beat her younger sister and team-mate Alice Barnes by 17 seconds, while Scotland’s Neah Evans of Storey Racing was third, but over a minute and a half off the winning pace.
“This is a target I had for the season so it’s nice to have this jersey, and to have Alice in second is pretty cool,” Barnes said.
“There’s not much rivalry between us – we’ve both focused a lot on our time trials this season, so coming into this we had a lot of help from our team. We certainly couldn’t blame our equipment or the team if it didn’t go well today,
so it was down to us to perform on the day.”
Harry Tanfield’s brother Charlie, also of Canyon-Eisberg, won the men’s U23 title with Mel Lowther (Storey Racing) winning the women’s event.