Hayley Simmonds surprised by her winning margin in National Time Trial Championships

Emma Pooley, the Team GB women's time trial rider at the Rio Olympics Games, finished fourth in Stockton, a minute shy of defending champion Hayley Simmonds

Hayley Simmonds

Hayley Simmonds (AeroCoach) has admitted her surprise at becoming the women's national time trial champion for the second successive year by more than 30 seconds from her nearest challenger, Claire Rose (Podium Ambition).

Simmonds stormed around the 34.8km course in Stockton-on-Tees on Thursday in a time of 47:33.36, almost 33 seconds quicker than Rose, with her teammate Dame Sarah Storey six seconds back.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.