The season may be topsy turvy, but the weekend before the Tour de France begins had some familiarity to it. Across Europe, many countries held their national championships, determining who’ll get a fancy jersey to wear for the next year of racing – whatever that might look like.
Here are the newly crowned national champions. This list will be updated as more results come in.
In the men’s race, a dominant Groupama-FDJ team of 17 riders (!) supported pre-race favourite Arnaud Demare to the win. Demare, Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) got away late in the race, and those three riders took it to the line, with Demare coming off best in the sprint.
1. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ)
2. Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept)
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
In the women’s race, Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) soloed to the line to claim an emotional win, 38 seconds ahead of Gladys Verhulst (Arkea) and Clara Copponi (FDJ).
1. Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo)
2. Gladys Verhulst (Arkea)
3. Clara Copponi (FDJ)
Held under tight coronavirus restrictions, the Dutch national championships were raced over a 7 km circuit, incorporating the manmade Col du VAM.
In the men’s race, Mathieu van der Poel launched a stinging attack at 44 km to go, and soloed to the line. It’s Van der Poel’s second stint in the Dutch champion’s jersey, having won in 2018.
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)
2. Nils Eekhoff (Sunweb)
3. Timo Roosen (Jumbo-Visma)
In the women’s race, Anna van der Breggen claimed her first-ever road title, dispatching the seemingly unbeatable Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in the process. Van der Breggen bridged to what became a lead group before soloing away to victory. Van Vleuten tried to bridge across but only got as far as second, 1:19 down. Anouska Koster (Parkhotel Valkenburg) came in third, 2:00 behind.
1. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans)
2. Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott)
3. Anouska Koster (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
The Italian national championships were somewhat marred by the announcement of a positive COVID-19 test for Leonardo Basso (Ineos) that saw the squad pull its riders from the race as a precaution.
The race itself came down to a sprint finish (picture up top) from a 13-rider group that had formed late in the race. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-McLaren) opened up the sprint but it was Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT) hit the line first, ahead of Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Colbrelli.
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT)
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-McLaren)
3. Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-Quick Step)
The men’s race at the Spanish National Championships had a dramatic conclusion, with Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) animating the race and then suffering a mechanical that saw him drop from a likely podium position down to 15th. Winner on the day was Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), with his teammate Gorka Izagirre in second and Vicente Garcia de Mateos (Aviludo-Louletano) in third.
1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)
2. Gorka Izagirre (Astana)
3. Vicente Garcia de Mateos (Aviludo-Louletano)
In the women’s race, the revelation of this year’s Strade Bianche LINK https://cyclingtips.com/2020/08/meet-mavi-garcia-the-woman-who-very-nearly-won-strade-bianche/, Mavi Garcia, continued her impressive season. The 36-year-old got away with Ane Santesteban (Ceratizit-WNT) with 40 km to go, before attacking 6 km from the finish and winning by 2:11. Santesteban was second while Eider Merino (Movistar) completed the podium at 3:50.
1. Mavi Garcia (Ale BTC Ljubljana)
2. Ane Santesteban (Ceratizit-WNT)
3. Eider Merino (Movistar)
The Danish men’s road race was raced over 199 km in Middelfart, and featured Deceuninck-Quick Step powerhouse Kasper Asgreen slipping away to the win, nine seconds clear of Andreas Kron (Riwal Securitas Cycling Team), and 18 seconds ahead of last year’s champ, teammate Michael Mørkøv (Decuninck-Quick Step). World champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) finished just off the podium.
1. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick Step)
2. Andreas Kron (Riwal Securitas Cycling Team)
3. Michael Mørkøv (Decuninck-Quick Step)
In the women’s race, over a 105.3 km circuit at Middelfart, it was a reduced sprint finish. Emma Cecilie Norsgaard (Equipe Paule Ka) took the win, ahead of Julie Leth (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling) and FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope’s Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig.
1. Emma Cecilie Norsgaard (Equipe Paule Ka)
2. Julie Leth (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling)
3. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope)
The men’s national championships in Germany came down to a massive sprint. Marcel Meisen (Alpecin-Fenix) made it a second national championship for the day for his team, along with Van der Poel’s win in the Netherlands.
1. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix
2. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix
In the women’s race, Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit WNT) backed up as national champion, beating Charlotte Becker (Team Arkéa) and Tanja Erath (Canyon-SRAM) in a sprint.
1. Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit WNT)
2. Charlotte Becker (Team Arkéa)
3. Tanja Erath (Canyon-SRAM)
Luxembourg’s men’s national championships was raced over a 142.8 km course in Mamer. A trio of WorldTour pros took out the podium, with Bob Jungels, the 2019 champ, ousted.
1. Kevin Geniets (Groupama-FDJ)
2. Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick Step)
3. Jempy Drucker (Bora-Hansgrohe)
The women’s race was an utterly dominant performance from incumbent champion Christine Majerus, who finished more than 15 minutes ahead of the other podium placers.
1. Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans)
2. Pia Wiltgen
3. Mia Berg
The men’s race at the Norwegian championships was a 206.5 km route from Vik to Royse, decided from a leading group of three riders. It was Sven Erik Bystrøm (UAE-Team Emirates) that came off best, ahead of Jonas Iversby Hvideberg and Carl Fredrik Hagen (all same time).
1. Sven Erik Bystrøm (UAE-Team Emirates)
2. Jonas Iversby Hvideberg (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team)
3. Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal)
The women’s race was won by Mie Bjørndal Ottestad by the slenderest of margins – just nine milliseconds. Ottestad passed on the line as Lystad celebrated what would turn out to be a second place finish, with Drops’ Emilie Moberg rounding out the podium.
1. Mie Bjørndal Ottestad
2. Vibeke Lystad
3. Emilie Moberg (Drops)
1. Valentin Götzinger (WSA KTM Graz)
2. Daniel Federspiel (Team Vorarlberg Santic)
3. Michael Gogl (NTT Pro Cycling)
1. Kathrin Schweinberger (Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport)
2. Sarah Rijkes (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling)
3. Veronika Windisch
1. Juraj Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
2. Erik Baska (Bora-Hansgrohe)
3. Lukes Kubis (Dukla Banska Bystrica)
1. Tereza Medvedova (WCC Team)
2. Janka Stevkova
3. Radka Paulechova
1. Adam Toupalik (Elkov-Kasper)
2. Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quick Step)
3. Petr Vakoc (Alpecin-Fenix)
1. Jarmila Machacova
2. Tereza Neumanova
3. Nikola Bajgerova
1. Antti-Jussi Juntunen (Balticchaincycling.com)
2. Ukko IIsakki Peltonen (Balticchaincycling.com)
3. Joonas Henttala (Novo Nordisk)
1. Minna-Maria Kangas (Idrottsklubben-32)
2. Hanna Joronen (IBD Cycling)
3. Ida Sten (Idrottsklubben-32)
1. Stanislaw Aniolkowski (CCC Development team)
2. Szymon Sajnok (CCC)
3. Pawel Franczak (Voster ATS Team)
1. Marta Lach (CCC-Liv)
2. Katarzyna Wilkos
3. Luja Pietrzak