Lone rider Thomas bags seventh spot

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Capital cyclist Claire Thomas 
overcame the adversity of 
operating as an individual to finish as top Scot in the women’s event at yesterday’s British Road Race Championships in Glasgow.

Competing on the demanding circuit that will be used for next year’s Commonwealth Games, Thomas, who is currently based in Belgium and was competing as an unattached rider, boosted her hopes of selection for the Scotland squad next summer when she bagged seventh, despite missing the decisive break.

“I was a bit disappointed I didn’t get in the move. I just couldn’t follow it because I wasn’t strong enough,” she conceded. “After that I just made sure that if any other break went I was in it. And it worked – I’m quite pleased with the result.”

Olympic medallists occupied the top three slots with Lizzie Armitstead, racing for the Dutch team Boels Dolmans, beating Wiggle Honda duo Laura Trott and Dani King.

The men’s race was an engrossing affair that ended with former world champion Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep) completing preparations for the Tour de France by outsprinting defending champion Ian Stannard (Team Sky) and Scot David Millar (Garmin-Sharp), to clinch the title for the first time.