Rob Hayles British National Championships 2008

Rob Hayles has made it a double for Halfords Bikehut at the National Championships. The 35-year-old held off Peter Kennaugh (100% ME) by a handful of bike lengths in Duncombe Park, North Yorkshire, to follow Nicole Cooke's win in the women's race on Saturday.

It was an extremely aggressive race on a tough course. A group of 13 got clear when the race was nearing the end of five laps of the 18-kilometre circuit that kicked off the race. It included both Halfords riders - Hayles and Tom Southam - as well as Matt Stephens of Sigma Sport, Dan Lloyd of An Post, Kennaugh, Dean Downing of Rapha Condor-Recycling.co.uk, Kieran Page of Pezula and Ian Wilkinson of SIS Trek. That group made the whole race and at one stage had a three and a half minute lead.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.