Kennaugh close to Cavendish’s best

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Peter Kennaugh made a rare but welcome appearance in a local event on Wednesday evening in round three of the Conister Bank 10-mile time trial league and came very close to Mark Cavendish’s local record.

The Team Sky rider recorded a time of 20min 17sec for the out-and-back Ballamoar course, nine seconds short of his former team-mate’s 20.08 recorded in 2007 shortly after his Tour de France debut.

There was no shortage of talent in last week’s event, Great Britain Olympic Academy rider Joe Kelly second quickest in 21.30, while Tom Black (Manx Viking Wheelers) was first of the league regulars in 21.59. Star juniors, Josh Knights and Jake Kelly (both MVW), limbered up for the IoM Youth Tour in fourth and fifth spots with times of 22.12 and 22.28 respectively.

Again, the contest for veteran honours was keenly fought between Gary Johnson (Team Manx Telecom), Gianni Epifani (MVW), Marty Warren (MVW) and Rob Cormode (TMT), with three seconds blanketing the latter three.

Matthew Bostock (Royal London 360), who recently came to within 17 seconds of Chrissie Harrison’s u15s record for 25 miles from 1988, topped the juveniles in a strong 23.16.

Laura Wasley (MVW) dipped under 25 minutes to lead the women’s class in 38th place overall, but the chasers are edging that little bit closer with Anna Christian (MVW) 46th in 25.27, and Natalie Arrowsmith (TMT) and Ali Clague (Ellan Vannin/Appleby) joint 50th in 25.50.

Results: 1, Peter Kennaugh 20min 17sec; 2, Joe Kelly 21:30; 3, Tom Black 21:59; 4, Josh Knights 22:12; 5, Jake Kelly 22:28; 6, Ed Perry 22:31; 7, Gary Johnson 22:44; 8, Gianni Epifani 22:56; 9, Marty Warren 22:57; 10, Rob Cormode 22:58; 11, Matthew Bostock 23:16; 12, Juan Kinley 23:29; 13, Adam Johnson 23:33; 14, Peter Gage 23:34; 15, Paul Kneen 23:51; 16, Neil Bellhouse 23:57; 17, Russ Collister 23:59; 18, Jamie Dudley 24:01; 19, Peter Harrison 24:03; 20, Trevor Kirkwood 24:08; 21, Nathan Draper 24:12; 22, David Meban 24:13; 23, Joe Haddock 24:26; 24, Neal Storey 24:27; 25, Andrew Brooks 24:30; 26, Kelvin Potter 24:32; 27, David Holland 24:35; 28, Mark Harrison 24:36; 29, Nick Corlett 24:39; 30, Ian Rowley 24:40; 31, Dale Farquhar 24:42; 32, David Harrison 24:45; 33, Steve Looker 24:48; 34=, Leslie Corran and Elliott Moore 24:49; 36, Rob Quine 24:52; 37, Conor Davies 24:55; 39, Peter Doyle 25:07; 40, Nick Preskey 25:09; 41, Nigel Tebay 25:12; 42, Gary Hinds 25:13; 43, Willie Corkill 25:15; 44, Colin Whiteway 25:22; 45, Jonathan Kelly 25:25; 47, Craig Hindle 25:27; 48, Chris Tierney 25:36; 49, Andy Nash 25:38; 50, Stuart Mason 25:50; 53, Paul Keen 25:51; 54, Stewart Bennett/Ian Sharpe (tandem) 25:57; 55, Gary McManus 26:00. Leading women: 38, Laura Wasley 24:57; 46, Anna Christian 25:27; 50=, Natalie Arrowsmith and Alison Clague 25:50; 79, Jo Hawkins 27:54; 87, Sophie Black 28:39. There were 101 finishers.

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