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Road Race & Time Trial National Championships Round-Up | The Cycling Race News Show

October 10, 2019


Welcome back to the GCN Racing News Show – this
week, we wrap up the rest of the national championships as we continue the build up
to the upcoming Tour de France. And we shall start with Italy – there, we
had a particularly aggressive race, and so it was in some ways a surprise to see Elia
Viviani come out on top. Viviani is on flying form, with 13 wins to
his name already this season before Sunday, but we’re used to seeing him win bunch sprints,
and this was quite different. Viviani attacked in the closing kilometres
with Bahrain Merida climbers Pozzovivo and Visconti, and despite their best efforts to
get rid of him on the climbs, Viviani held tight and easily outsprinted them at the finish. That does mean, though, that the Italian Tricolore
will not be on show at this year’s Tour de France, and that has been a bit of a theme
this year. The Dutch champions jersey will also be absent. The championships took place in Hoogerheide,
and also saw some very aggressive racing, despite the flatter course. A breakaway group containing Danny Van Poppel
and Mathieu Van Der Poel were caught by a vastly reduced bunch on the final lap, setting
up what looked to be a repeat victory for Ramon Sinkeldam of Groupama FDJ. He launched his sprint with a couple of hundred
metres to go and veered left, in front of Van Der Poel. Van Der Poel then sat down briefly and gently
nudged Sinkeldam to the right, before launching a devastating acceleration to the line, winning
with relative ease. He’s some lad – I for one am a little bit
gutted that he’s concentrating on MTBing until the Tokyo Olympics because I’d just
love to see what he can do on the road. Do you feel the same? Let us know in the comments section and also
on the poll that’s on your screen right now. Talking of super talents, the women’s event
was won by current world champion and defending national champion Chantal Blaak. Van Der Poel wasn’t the only rider successfully
crossing disciplines, though, current MTB World Champion Jolanda Neff won the Swiss
national elite road title. There was a major surprise at the British
National’s in the women’s event – 19 year old Jessica Roberts attacked with 15km to
go, and would ultimately take the win solo, albeit only 1 second ahead of a disappointed
and in-form Dani Rowe. In the men’s event, the decisive breakaway
would go clear in the early stages – not uncommon at the British national championships – or
indeed at plenty of any national championships where there isn’t a strong, dominant team
who are able to control the race. Team Sky were represented, albeit with only
one rider, Owain Doull, former winner Adam Blythe was there with teammate Mark Christian,
Ben Swift of UAE was also in there with his cousin Connor, and it was the lesser known
of the two that would earn the stripes this year. Connor Swift attacked with 12km’s remaining,
showing enormous determination and power to hold the rest at bay. 22 year old Swift currently rides for British
based Madison Genesis, but has set the groundwork for a move to WorldTour with that ride – expect
to see plenty more of he and Jessica Roberts in the coming years. Pascal Ackermann continued his upward trajectory
with victory in the German champs – he outsprinted Degenkolb, Walscheid and Greipel, whilst there
was more concern for Kittel’s current form as he could only manage 10th. Liane Lippert took the only win of her short
career by winning the women’s event, at the tender age of 20.. There was a popular win in Ireland for Aqua
Blue Sport’s Conor Dunne. Dunne is known firstly for being 6ft8, secondly
for always being in breakaways, thirdly for being a super nice guy and now, fourthly,
for being national champion – well done to you Conor. Equally popular was the women’s winner there,
39 year old Eve McChristy – she has earnt plenty of success over the years, but often
as tandem pilot with Katie George Dunlevy – but that was by far her biggest individual
success. Groupama FDJ won their third consecutive French
title – Anthony Roux coming out on top at the end of a particularly enthralling race. Krists Neilands conserved his Latvian title,
Michael Morkov took his 2nd Danish title, Lotto Lepisto did her third consecutive TT
road race double in Finland, a record that looks impressive, until you look at Christine
Majerus. She also did the double in Luxembourg, but
that marked the 9th time in her career that she’s done the triple – time trial, road
race, and cyclocross titles. In total, she’s won 30 national titles across
those disciplines – that really is dominance on another level. Let’s finish then with the jerseys that
we will see at the Tour de France this year – starting with Bob Jungels, – he won the
national time trial and road in Luxembourg, the third time he’s done the double – his
margin to 2nd in the road race? Close to 14 minutes. Geraint Thomas will wear the British Champs
Jersey on the penultimate day of the Tour having won the national time trial title,
likewise Dylan Van Baarle in the Dutch time trial jersey, if he gets the final nod for
the Tour team. There might be an extra spot going anyway
with ASO trying to block Froome from riding – more on that in the GCN Show tomorrow. Steve Morabito will wear the Swiss jersey,
and you’d imagine that will look quite classy – his team, Groupama FDJ, keep national champions
kit clean from sponsors. Much of our attention does now turn toward
the Tour de France, which brings us onto last week’s poll – where we asked you how many
stages will Mark Cavendish win. Well, 37% of you, in last week’s poll, said
that he won’t win a single one, whilst 3% are confident he’ll be more than 4. Not long now until we get the actual answer. Incidentally, he has been selected for Dimension
Data’s team, and a quick note to tall other squads, THIS, is how you announce your Tour
team……. I’m excited, and I’m sure you are too
– don’t forget you will be able to see daily highlights over on our Facebook page. Right, that’s all for this week – stay tuned
for our big GCN Tour de France preview show, which will be on the channel on Wednesday. Next week I’ll be back with all the talking
points from the first two stages of that race, plus the first three stages of the Giro Rosa
in Italy – I hope to see you then. In the meantime, more proper science from
Emma – in this next video, she looks into the most efficient tyre pressure for a road
bike.

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