Peter Kennaugh foiled the sprinters in an audacious solo victory on Stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné on Sunday, 7th June. The Olympic champion used his pursuiter’s power, honed by sub four-minute efforts on the track, to attack with 2.3km to the line and hold off the baying pack by 2 seconds. It was the type of victory that the French call a coup de chacal – the jackal’s exploit – for a piece of unexpected opportunism against the odds.
One of the most naturally stylish riders in the peloton, Kennaugh often sports a perfectly angled cycling cap, with immaculate matching kit. Being the current British national road race champion, he has earned the right to wear the red, white and blue of the Union Jack and on Sunday he represented the colours in a shortsleeve speedsuit. Style and speed as one.
Rapha made special British champion gloves and socks for the Team Sky rider, which he paired with white shoes, helmet, sunglasses, handlebar tape and bike – a gorgeous special edition Pinarello Dogma F8.
Never knowingly underdressed, the 25-year-old Manxman then celebrated one of his greatest career victories so far on the podium wearing a white, red and blue Rapha cycling cap. Authentic pro style, and not a baseball cap in sight.
“It was an awesome feeling,” Kennaugh said afterwards. “Having a few little digs on the climb was nice to do. I spend a lot of time working for other guys so it was just nice to have that opportunity. It wasn’t really planned or anything – it was just how the race panned out… It worked out perfectly.”
Here is a list of what Team Sky’s Manxman wore on Sunday:
• Short sleeve Team Sky aerosuit
• British champion race mitts
• British champion Team Sky socks
• British champion cycling cap (post-race)
Celebrate Peter Kennaugh’s daring win with the Team Sky National Champion Replica Bib Short, available to buy online and at the Rapha Cycle Club in Manchester, while stocks last.