Peter Kennaugh

Peter Kennaugh

Kennaugh at the 2015 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Peter Kennaugh
Nickname Pete
Born (1989-06-15) 15 June 1989
Douglas, Isle of Man
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb; 9.8 st)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Climber (road)
Pursuitist (track)
Amateur team(s)
2007 Pinarello RT
2008 Glendene
2009 100% Me
Professional team(s)
2010– Team Sky
Major wins

Grand Tours

Vuelta a España
1 TTT stage (2016)

Stage races

Tour of Austria (2014)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships
(2014, 2015)
Great Ocean Road Race (2016)
Infobox last updated on
28 June 2015

Peter Kennaugh MBE (born 15 June 1989) is a Manx professional racing cyclist[1] who currently rides for UCI ProTour team Team Sky.[2] In 2012 he won the gold medal as part of the Great Britain Team Pursuit team at the 2012 Summer Olympics becoming the first Manxman in 100 years to win gold.[3]


Early life and career

Born in Douglas, Isle of Man, Peter's younger brother Tim, and their father are also cyclists. Peter's mother Jackie also cycled and formerly held the Isle of Man's 10-mile time trial record.[4] He began cycling competitively in BMX at the age of 6.[5] Kennaugh attended school at St Ninian's.

He became a member of British Cycling's Olympic Academy in 2008, moving with the rest of the squad to live in Tuscany, Italy.[6] In 2008 he came second in the senior national road race championships thus becoming the British under 23 champion. In February 2009 he became the British madison champion partnering Mark Christian.[7]

On 9 September 2009, it was announced that Kennaugh would turn professional in 2010, riding for the new British professional Team Sky.[8] He was described by Cycling Weekly as "the most talented youngster to roll off the Isle of Man production line since his friend and star sprinter Mark Cavendish".[6]


Kennaugh at the 2010 Tour de Romandie

In 2010, he focused on track cycling, winning the individual pursuit and scratch race at the national track championships. He finished second to Sky teammate Geraint Thomas in the national road race championships. Kennaugh made his grand tour debut in the Vuelta a España, but Sky withdrew following the death of soigneur Txema Gonzalez.[9]


In 2011, Kennaugh was a last minute replacement for Serge Pauwels in the Giro d'Italia,[10] and finished 86th in his first Giro. Kennaugh finished third overall in the Route du Sud, but was not selected for the 2011 Tour de France. He came in third behind teammates Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas in the national road race championships.[11] In August, he finished fifth overall in the Tour de Pologne.[12]


In 2012, he began focusing on track cycling. He was part of the four-man Great Britain pursuit team that set a new world record time of 3:53.295 seconds to win gold in the track world championships on 4 April 2012 in Melbourne.[13] That achievement however was bettered on 3 August when he formed part of the Team GB pursuit team alongside Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke, that not only took Gold at the Summer Olympics but, with a time of 3:51.659, shattered their own world record that they had set in qualifying.[14][15] Kennaugh was the first Manxman to win an Olympic gold since 1912.

Kennaugh was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.[16][17]


Kennaugh on stage fifteen of the 2013 Tour de France

Kennaugh focused fully on the road in 2013. He played a supporting role in Chris Froome's overall victory at the Tour of Oman in February. Kennaugh was part of the Sky team that won the team time trial at the Giro del Trentino in April, but he was not selected to ride the Giro d'Italia. Instead, Kennaugh won the Lincoln Grand Prix before playing a key role as a mountain domestique as Froome and Richie Porte took a 1–2 overall in the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. He was selected to ride the Tour de France for the first time. On Stage 8, Kennaugh played a key role in Chris Froome's stage victory by helping to bring back a dangerous move by Nairo Quintana on the Port de Pailhères, the subsequent descent and beginning of the final climb to Ax 3 Domaines. However, on the following stage, Kennaugh was involved in a dramatic crash as Ryder Hesjedal,[18] a Garmin–Sharp rider, knocked into him, sending him down a ravine and into vegetation next to the road. Although Kennaugh was not badly injured, the time lost meant he was unable to follow several subsequent attacks as Froome was left completely isolated.[19]


Kennaugh riding for the Isle of Man at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Kennaugh took his first individual professional win on the road at the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali in March, winning the second stage at Sogliano al Rubicone, after going clear on the last climb of the day with Francesco Bongiorno of the Bardiani–CSF team and out-sprinted him for the honours. Kennaugh went on to win the race by 12 seconds ahead of team-mate Dario Cataldo, who had taken 48 seconds out of him in the final 10 km (6.2 mi) individual time trial.

In May 2014 Kennaugh broke Mark Cavendish's 2007 Isle of Man 10-mile time trial record by 30 seconds, setting a new record of 19m 38.982s at Ballamoar.[20] Kennaugh won the British National Road Race Championships on 29 June, outsprinting Sky teammate Ben Swift in Abergavenny.[21] Despite his good form Kennaugh was not selected for the Tour de France, instead riding the Tour of Austria, where he won the first stage and held the leader's jersey for the rest of the race to take his second stage race victory of the season.[22] Kennaugh then competed for the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, winning a silver medal in the points race on the track[23] and eighth in the road race after a long solo breakaway attempt.[24] Kennaugh rode the Vuelta a España, helping Chris Froome finish second overall.


Kennaugh at the 2015 Tour de France in his National champions jersey.

Kennaugh won the opening stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné after attacking on the final climb and holding off the charging main field by two seconds on the descent into the finish in Albertville.[25] Kennaugh lost the race lead after the team time trial on Stage 3, but then helped Chris Froome win the event overall.

In June, he won the National Road Race Championships, distancing Mark Cavendish on the final cobbled climb[26] and becoming the first rider to successfully defend the title since Roger Hammond in 2004.[27] He was selected to ride the 2015 Tour de France, but struggled with illness and withdrew on Stage 16.[28]

In September, Kennaugh broke Chris Boardman's time trial record for the 37.73 mile Snaefell Mountain Course used for the Isle of Man TT by six seconds, riding a standard racing bicycle.[29] Boardman had recorded a time of 1hr 23min 54secs in 1993,[29] a time which would prove to be the longest standing cycling record on the Isle of Man, until it was beaten by Kennaugh.[29]

Career achievements

Major results

UCI Junior Track World Championships
1st Scratch race
3rd Team pursuit
1st Team pursuit, European Junior Track Championships
2nd Overall Junior Tour of Wales
European Junior Track Championships
1st Team pursuit
2nd Scratch race
1st Team pursuit European Under-23 Track Championships
1st UIV Cup, Gent Six Day (with Adam Blythe)
1st National Junior Road Race Championships
1st Overall Keizer der Juniores
1st British National Junior Road Race Series
3rd Overall Junior Tour of Wales
1st National Under-23 Road Race Championships
1st Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli
1st GP Capodarco
1st Prologue (TTT) Tour Alsace
1st UIV Cup, Berlin Six Day (with Jonny Bellis)
1st UIV Cup, Copenhagen Six Day (with Jonny Bellis)
2nd Grand Prix of Wales
1st National Madison Championship (with Mark Christian)
UCI Track World Cup
1st Team pursuit, Ballerup
2nd Madison, Beijing
3rd Overall Girobio
1st Stage 3
4th UCI World Under-23 Road Race Championships
8th Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli
National Track Championships
1st Scratch race
1st Individual pursuit
1st Team pursuit, UEC European Track Championships
National Track Championships
1st Madison (with Luke Rowe)
1st Points race
3rd Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
3rd Overall Route du Sud
5th Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Team pursuit, Olympic Games
1st Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Giro del Trentino
1st National Road Race Championship
1st Overall Coppi e Bartali
1st Stages 1b (TTT) & 2
1st Overall Tour of Austria
1st Points classification
1st Stage 1
2nd Points race, Commonwealth Games
8th Road race, Commonwealth Games
10th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
1st National Road Race Championship
1st Stage 1 Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tour de Romandie
6th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
9th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
9th Overall Tour of California
1st Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
Held after Stage 1
2nd Overall Herald Sun Tour
1st Stage 1
5th Overall Vuelta a Burgos

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Giro d'Italia 87 WD
Tour de France 77 WD
Vuelta a España WD 71 42
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

World records

Discipline Record Date Event Velodrome Ref
Team pursuit 3:53.295 4 April 2012 World Championships Hisense Arena (Melbourne) [13]
3:52.499 2 August 2012 Olympic Games Lee Valley (London) [14]
3:51.659 3 August 2012 [15]

See also


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  2. "Sky Procycling (SKY) – GBR". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  3. Peter Kennaugh wins gold, Isle of Man Today report
  4. "Marie Purvis: British Legend". Cycling Weekly. 1 July 2014.
  5. ""Cycling" to London — Notes on the British rider Peter Kennaugh". 2008–2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics. 17 January 2009.
  6. 1 2 Andy McGrath (11 August 2009). "Peter Kennaugh: Rider Profile". Cycling Weekly.
  7. Andy Jones (22 February 2009). "Kennaugh and Christian crowned National Madison champs at Revolution". Cycling Weekly.
  8. Richard Allen (9 September 2009). "Peter Kennaugh named in Team Sky cycling squad". Isle of Man Today.
  9. Gallagher, Brendan (4 September 2010). "Vuelta a España 2010: Team Sky withdraw from race following death of soigneur". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  10. Will Irwin. "Kennaugh replaces Pauwels in Sky's Giro lineup | Latest News". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  11. Nigel Wynn; photos by Andy Jones. "Bradley Wiggins wins British National Champs | Latest News". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  12. WorldTour race ends with a bang (2011-08-06). "Sagan claims Polish victory | Sky Sports | Cycling | News". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2013-07-21.
  13. 1 2 "Track Worlds: Great Britain beat Australia with world record". BBC Sport. BBC. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  14. 1 2 Gallagher, Brendan (2 August 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: GB pursuit quartet demolish world record in heats". The Daily Telegraph. TMG. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  15. 1 2 Bevan, Chris (3 August 2012). "BBC Sport – Olympics cycling: Team GB defend men's pursuit title". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  16. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 25. 29 December 2012.
  18. "Twitter / ryder_hesjedal: @Petekennaugh sorry for the". Retrieved 2013-07-10.
  19. Mike Dawes (2013-05-31). "Tour de FRance: Team Sky rider takes a tumble down cliff after being clipped from behind | Mail Online". Retrieved 2013-07-10.
  20. Wynn, Nigel (23 May 2014). "Peter Kennaugh breaks Mark Cavendish's Isle of Man 10-mile time trial record". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  21. "Peter Kennaugh outsprints Ben Swift to win British Road Race Championships". Cycling Weekly. 29 June 2014.
  22. "Peter Kennaugh wins Tour of Austria". Cycling Weekly. 13 July 2014.
  23. "BBC Sport - Glasgow 2014: Peter Kennaugh medal brings 'mixed emotions'". BBC Sport.
  24. Daniel Benson. "Cavendish salutes Kennaugh's gutsy ride in Commonwealth Games".
  25. "Peter Kennaugh escapes lead group to win Dauphine kickoff". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  26. "Peter Kennaugh retains British road title after close battle with Mark Cavendish". Immediate Media Company. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  27. "Kennaugh hopes British title won't be overshadowed by Tour de France ommission [sic]". 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  28. Reuters Editorial (20 July 2015). "Sky's British champion Kennaugh withdraws from Tour de France". Reuters.
  29. 1 2 3 Clarke, Stuart (29 September 2015). "Peter Kennaugh beats Chris Boardman's 22-year-old Isle of Man record". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
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