It’s an open race and any one of a couple of dozen riders could win it. But some have a better chance than others, so we’ve attempted to put the favourites in some kind of order.

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David Millar Slipstream-Chipotle
He?ll be fired up to win it again, could be difficult to stop if he?s in the mood

Mark Cavendish High Road
If he?s in the front group at the finish it?s as good as his

Russell Downing Pinarello
Impossible to ignore his form this season. Best of the British-based hopes

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Dan Lloyd An Post
The course is perhaps not hilly enough for him to let his climbing ability show

Jeremy Hunt Crédit Agricole
Hitting form at just the right time. Always motivated for the Nationals

Roger Hammond High Road
Likewise, always up for this race. And could be the perfect foil for Cavendish

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Matt Stephens Sigma Sport
A former champion, who rode into peak form with fourth at the GP of Wales

Ben Swift Team 100% ME
Wins in Italy, strong showing last weekend in Abergavenny, knows he did too much work

Rob Hayles Halfords Bikehut
Won the Beaumont Trophy a fortnight ago, part of a very handy double act in black and orange

Hamish Haynes Yawadoo
Been quite quiet this year but 2006 champion has the know-how

Ian Stannard Landbouwkrediet
Course should be to his liking. He can ride all day. A favourite for the under-23 title if the senior prize slips away

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Peter Kennaugh Team 100% ME
Runner-up in the GP of Wales, despite being only a first-year senior

Tom Southam Halfords Bikehut
Has won a medal at the Nationals before. Hitting form now he’s acclimatised to British racing again

Simon Richardson Plowman Craven
Was flying a month ago at the Ras. Has kept a low-ish profile since

Kieran Page Pezula
Won’t have the back-up of his Irish squad but is still a danger

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Dean Downing Rapha-Condor-Recycling
Evan Oliphant Plowman Craven
Robin Sharman Sigma Sport
Jonny Bellis Team 100% ME
Dan Fleeman An Post
Kristian House Rapha-Condor-Recycling

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