Published: 18 June 2013
Report: Scott Hobro
Great Britain and Madison Genesis rider Andy Tennant expects Team Sky to be firm favourites to win a fourth consecutive national road championship but added that a surprise could occur in Glasgow.
Tennant, a team pursuit world champion on the track in 2012, believes Sky’s strength in numbers will place them as the stand out choice to deliver the elite men’s winner in Scotland on 23 June.
Team Sky’s defending champion Ian Stannard is joined by Josh Edmondson, Peter Kennaugh, Luke Rowe, Ben Swift and 2012 Tour of Britain winner Jon Tiernan Locke for the UCI WorldTour outfit.
Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins, champions in 2010 and 2011 respectively, will miss the race.
“Sky is obviously your big threat, there’s Alex Dowsett [second in 2011] from Movistar but Sky have got the numbers there,” said Tennant, who was named in Madison Genesis’ nine-man squad.
“You can have as many riders as you like and a lot of Sky’s are British so it’ll be a tough race.”
But Tennant does believe that the 14.2-kilometre criterium style circuit in the city centre, at contrast with the hillier courses from 2012 in Yorkshire and 2011 in Northumberland, will improve the odds for the rest of the field.
“It’ll be interesting around the city centre circuit rather than a couple of years ago when it was really hilly and they [Sky] just dominated. I think a break will go and with other teams than Sky in there you never know there could be a surprise.
“It’s similar to the Commonwealth Games in 2006 in Melbourne through parks and the city centre so it should be quite good. It’ll be a bit different.”
The Premier Calendar Tour of the Reservoir, a trip to the Tour of Taiwan and more recently the Pearl Izumi Tour Series have formed the bulk of Tennant’s road programme heading into the championships.
With former under 23 national champion Ian Bibby and Dean Downing amongst the Madison Genesis ranks, guided by team manager and two time British road champion Roger Hammond, Tennant believes the team are well prepared for the showcase event.
“The national road championships is a big target,” Tennant said.
“It’s the biggest race you can win in Britain other than Tour of Britain, obviously all the big teams are there.
“The likes of Bradley Wiggins, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas have all won it and Roger [Hammond] our manager has won it.
“It’d be a big thing and to wear those national stripes on the road would be great. You get to wear the world bands every now and then but you don’t get to wear it as often as a national road championships jersey.”