Ben Swift and Pfeiffer Georgi Win British National Road Race Championships and Other Cool News from the World of Cycling

By Monica Buck

Another Monday is here, and so is our news from the world of cycling. So, what did you miss?

Pfeiffer Georgi does it

The 21-year-old won the elite women’s road race at the British National Championships. She also claimed the victory in the Under-23 category contained within the race. Georgi attacked on the final ascent of the cobbled Michaelgate climb in Lincoln and took the victory by several seconds.

“I did this race once before and the key is positioning into this climb because it’s so narrow and things can go on any lap,” Georgi said at the finish.

“We saw that today when it split on the first lap. I didn’t believe that I could win from a sprint so with two laps to go I attacked and I saw that I had a gap so I started to believe that if it all stayed together I would have a chance.”

British National Championships – Women’s Road Race

  1. Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM) – 2:38:43
  2. Josie Nelson (Team Coop-Hitec Products) + 3s
  3. Joscelin Lowden (Drops – Le Col s/b TEMPUR) + 7s
  4. Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma) + 9s
  5. Anna Shackley (Team SD Worx) + 12s
  6. April Tacey (Drops – Le Col s/b TEMPUR) + 22s
  7. Sophie Wright (Alè BTC Ljubljana) + 27s
  8. Danielle Shrosbree (Team LDN – Brother UK) + 41s
  9. Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes) + 44s
  10. Alice Barnes (Canyon SRAM Racing) + 52s

Ben Swift wins over Fred Wright

The Ineos Grenadiers rider successfully defended his British national title after a tough sprint on the Michaelgate climb leaving Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) behind him. Ben Swift was very active throughout the race, forcing a split on the third ascent of Michaelgate. And this breakaway, although in a slightly different constitution, made its way to the finish.

“I’m over the moon,” Swift said at the finish. “I’ve become used to wearing this jersey. Unfortunately we didn’t get to race last year so I got another year for free and hopefully today I justified that extra year.

“It was an incredible day. I think my form, I’ve had a bit of an up-and-down year. I’ve had some real highlights – I had my second child, Harry, but in terms of personal results it just didn’t go that well at the start of the year. It started to come together now and to finish it off like this. I’m really happy.”

Fred Wright who finished second claimed the first place in the U23 category. A late attack by Ethan Hayter secured him the bronze.

British National Championships – Men’s Road Race

  1. Ben Swift (Team Ineos Grenadiers) – 3:45:19
  2. Fred Wright (Bahrain-Victorious) +2s
  3. Ethan Hayter (Team Ineos Grenadiers) +7s
  4. Harry Tanfield (Team Qhubeka Nexthash) +12s
  5. Lewis Askey (Equipe Cycliste Continentale Groupama-FDJ) +24s
  6. Alexandar Richardson (Alpecin-Fenix) +1:12
  7. Daniel Mclay (Team Arkea-Samsic) +1:30
  8. Leo Hayter (Development Team DSM) st
  9. James Shaw (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) +1:33
  10. Samuel Watson (Team Inspired) +1:38

What is happening here?

Proper power

Good karma incoming

What a crowd!