Thomas battles well at Road Race Championships

Lizzie Armitstead was victorious in Linclon
Lizzie Armitstead was victorious in Linclon
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Capital cyclist Claire Thomas produced a valiant effort at the British Road Race Championships in Lincoln but ultimately was outgunned by the big name teams and finished down the field.

The 42-year-old was riding as an individual, placing her at a disadvantage to the riders with full squads to provide support.

Belgium-based Thomas ignited the race when she launched the first sustained attack and broke away together with Amy Roberts. The duo built a substantial lead before the big names in the bunch began to work together to reel them in.

Eventually the two escapees were caught by a group of pursuers, among them Commonwealth Games champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) who cranked up the pace and raced away from her rivals, eventually coming home well clear of Alice Barnes (Team Betch NL Superior-Brentjens) and Laura Trott (Matrix Fitness).

Former City of Edinburgh rider Katie Archibald, competing in the colours of Pearl Izumi Sports Tours, took sixth spot, a performance that gave her the bronze medal in the Under-23 category.

The gruelling circuit took its toll on the men’s field, with only 30 riders reaching the finish as a result of abandonments and lapped riders being withdrawn in the latter stages.

None of the Lothians riders survived to the end in an event won in impressive fashion by defending champion Pete Kennaugh (Team Sky), who got the better of Mark Cavendish (Etixx QuickStep), with another Sky man, Ian Stannard, completing the podium.