McCann wary of Deignan in Emyvale test
Defending champion David McCann will be last man off the starting ramp this evening when the national time-trial championships get under way in Emyvale at 6.0.
But the six-time winner reckons it's a dubious advantage.
"It's not really an advantage if you let yourself get distracted by it," said the Belfast pro yesterday.
"You can't be wondering what times other people are doing. You've just got to get on with riding as fast as you can."
A prolific winner and three-time national champion on the road, McCann's speciality is racing against the clock. In 2009, he broke Olympic pursuit gold medallist Chris Boardman's British 25-mile record before going on to take 11th place at the world championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland.
This year sees one of the strongest fields in both the road race and the time-trial championships. British champion Michael Hutchinson, HTC Highroad pro Matt Brammeier and Radioshack pro Philip Deignan are just three of his biggest rivals.
McCann is particularly wary of 2009 Tour of Spain stage winner Deignan, who is usually considered a climber.