Mark Cavendish claimed his first National Road Race Championship on Sunday, after winning a sprint finish in Glasgow. 

The Manx rider overtook David Millar on the home straight and held off the challenge of Ian Stannard, who recovered from a puncture in the penultimate lap to claim silver. 

Victory for Cavendish should prove the ideal preparation for his Tour de France campaign, which starts in Corsica on Saturday.

The 28-year-old was made to work hard for his victory, with Millar attacking in the final stages after a four-man leading group had emerged in the ninth of 14 laps of the 14.2km circuit around Glasgow's city centre and West End.

But the Scot could not get far enough ahead of Cavendish to overcome the Omega Pharma Quickstep rider's famed sprinting ability.

Peter Kennaugh missed out on a medal after failing to keep up with the pace as the race reached a climax in Glasgow Green.


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