Hayley Simmonds wins British women’s time trial title as Pooley places fourth

Successful defence of the British time trial national title for Hayley Simmonds, as Claire Rose and Dame Sarah Storey complete the podium

Hayley Simmonds successfully defended her British time trial national championship title on Thursday afternoon in Stockton-on-Tees.

Simmonds blasted around the relatively flat 35.8-kilometre (22.2-mile) course in 47-33.357 in the 2016 elite women’s race with a 32-second winning margin.

Claire Rose claimed silver after posting 48-06.315, with Dame Sarah Storey in third with 48-12.465. Triple former national champion Emma Pooley was fourth with 48-33.455, a minute down on Simmonds.

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Simmonds hit the headlines last week after it was revealed that she had left the UnitedHealthcare team after failing to find a satisfactory time trial position on the bike given to her by the team.

Hayley Simmonds, British time trial championships 2016

Hayley Simmonds, British time trial championships 2016

Simmonds’ dominance in the British time trial may make Olympic selectors take note, particularly given her winning margin. Great Britain has one place in the Rio 2016 time trial, with that rider also placed on the start list for the women’s road race.

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Earlier in the day, Scott Davies (Team Wiggins) took the under-23 men’s national TT title for a record-breaking third consecutive time.

The elite men’s event follows the elite women’s race to bring the 2016 British time trial national championships to a close.
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Elite women's podium, British time trial championships 2016

Elite women’s podium, British time trial championships 2016

British time trial national championships 2016: Elite women

1. Hayley Simmonds (Aerocoach) in 47-33.36
2. Claire Rose (Podium Ambition) in 48-06.32
3. Dame Sarah Storey (Podium Ambition) in 48-12.46
4. Emma Pooley in 48-33.46
5. Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM) in 49-29.28
6. Julia Shaw in 49-39.92
7. Molly Weaver (Liv-Plantur) in 49-53.32
8. Elizabeth-Jane Harris (Podium Ambition) in 50-56.20
9. Angela Hibbs (Fusion RT) in 51-03.21
10. Abby-Mae Parkinson (Servetto-Footon) in 51-13.39