Pro-Vision Powerbar team captain John Tanner succesfully
retained his National Road race title with a superb do or die
effort in the closing stages of the highly competitive race ; becoming
only the second ever rider to win back to back national titles ..
With only 4 miles to go Tanner heroically bridged the gap to a
select 4 man group that included John Clay , Cofidis rider David Millar
and Linda Mcartney rider Matt Stephens and then took the National
title by outsprinting John Clay with top continental pro Millar
several bike lengths down .
The title is yet another success for Tanner and his hugely succesful
and under rated ProVision-Powerbar team . Whilst the other teams present
were fully supported with team cars , spare bikes , masseurs etc, Tanners
support consisted of two water bottles handed up by friends ,
even more bizarely were the post race celebrations enjoyed by
team provision which which consisted of sponsor Steve Joughin ,
the pocket rocket , realising Tanners victory running down the
finishing straight arms waving in the air like a demented 12 year old .
Tanner , once again has proved himself to be the UK s top rider and
will no doubt take great pleasure in his victory , achieved at the
expense of the Mcartney and WCPU teams , leading many to ask
why Tanner has been ignored by the top teams for the past few
Full race report exclusively written by John Tanner himself will be
available Monday .
See it on the provision website and www.bikemagic.com