Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Armitstead head stellar fields for National Championships races

Mark Cavendish will battle the likes of Luke Rowe and Ben Swift at the National Championships on June 26, with Lizzie Armitstead set to defend her title in Stockton

Mark Cavendish will look to enter the Tour de France as British champion after confirming he will be on the start line for the National Championships road race in Stockton-on-Tees on June 26.

The Dimension Data rider, who won the title in 2013, headlines a strong men's lineup, which also includes the likes of Team Sky riders Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Ben Swift.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.