British road race champion Peter Kennaugh is number 16 in our countdown of the best British riders of 2014

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Peter Kennaugh was disappointed, to say the least, when he was not selected for the Tour de France by Team Sky, particularly as the rider from the Isle of Man had just won the National Road Race Championship jersey ahead of his team-mate Ben Swift. After finishing on the podium four times previously, Kennaugh was a deserving champion but he was unable to wear the red, white and blue bands at the Tour.

Earlier in the season, he had won his first individual race as a professional when he took a stage of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali race in Italy.

As if to prove his point, Kennaugh won the Tour of Austria in July, taking the first of the eight stages and holding the leader’s jersey throughout. His winning margin over Javier Moreno of Movistar was just over a minute but only eight riders got within five minutes of him, which gives an indication of his dominance.

Kennaugh also won a silver medal in the points race at the Commonwealth Games.

We will be counting down the 20 best British riders of 2014 throughout December, with the top 10 published in the December 18 issue of Cycling Weekly magazine