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.
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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