June was a good month for Peter Kennaugh. At the start of the month he won stage one of the Criterium du Dauphiné in Albertville and held it for two days and at the end he took his second successive National Championships title.
In Lincoln, on June 28, Kennaugh raced clear of Mark Cavendish on the final climb of Michaelgate to cross the line first and pull on the British champion’s jersey once again.
With under half a kilometre to go, Kennaugh and Cavendish – both from the Isle of Man – were alone on the steep cobbled climb with little to separate them.
Peter Kennaugh’s Tour de France bike
As Kennaugh continued to power up the left side of the road, Cavendish just couldn’t keep up with his former Team Sky teammate, weaving across to the other side and back again in an attempt to nullify the slope.
Kennaugh managed to hold his power to the end, though, turning the final bend alone and rolling to the line, arms aloft, to take the title once again.