National Circuit Race Champion Hannah Barnes triumphed in London once again as she sprinted to take the Johnson Health Tech Westminster Grand Prix this morning.
Barnes (MG-Maxifuel), who has won the London Nocturne for the last five years, comfortably outsprinted Louise Borthwick (Edinburgh RC) and Emily Nelson (Bike Pure-LeMond-Aspire Velotech) in the bunch kick.
The race was fast throughout, as Barnes' rivals attempted to put her on the back foot, and she admitted that she struggled in the first half of the hour-long race.
"It was really aggressive, people were going off the front at all times and I didn't feel very good at all for the first half of the race. I rode into it a bit - it was lucky it wasn't a 30-minute crit, I would have come nowhere," Barnes said.
"A lot of the time I can see that people want to get away from me as opposed to leaving it for a bunch sprint, and the last five or six laps were fast, particularly since two were still away."
Karla Boddy in escape
Hannah Barnes wins
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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.
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