'Joy, happiness, pure emotion' - Adam Blythe elated with National Championship win

Tinkoff rider Adam Blythe outsprinted Mark Cavendish in the National Road Race Championships to give him his first win in almost two years

Adam Blythe overcame the sensations of imminent cramp to earn the red, blue and white national road race stripes in Stockton, describing his victory as even more special given that he beat Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) to the line.

The Tinkoff rider was trailing Cavendish by half-a-bike length coming into the final 100 metres but overturned the deficit to edge out the 2011 world champion and grab his first win since RideLondon in August 2014.

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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 long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide 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.