National Championships, Adriatica Ionica & Navad 1000 | The Cycling Race News Show


Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show. This week, we’re covering the National Championships
in Europe and America. We’ve also got the Adriatica Ionica Race,
which, for some, was the final tune up for the Tour. Plus, Halle Ingooigem, and, for something
different, the 1000km non stop unsupported Navad 1000, and an update from the TransAm
and Tour Divide. Let’s start, though, with the various national
championships that took place last week – and there were some usual suspects taking the
honours in the time trials – Maciej Bodnar took his 5th Elite TT title in Poland, whilst
Edvald Boasson Hagen took his 10th, that’s right, 10th Elite National time trial Title
in Norway. He needs to watch out though, as he only managed
to put seven seconds into Andreas Leknessund, who turned 19 one month ago. Going one better than Edvald, though, was
Svein Tuft, who took his 11th national TT jersey over in Canada at the age of 41, although
he probably won’t be adding to that haul as this looks to be his last season. It’s a remarkable record from a remarkable
man, and Mr Tuft is our rider of the week this week, well done Svein. 2 years Tuft’s senior, Amber Neben showed
the youngsters how it’s done, yet again, by taking her 2nd consecutive national TT
title in the US, Joey Rosskopf also backed his performance from 12 months ago in the
mens, 28s in front of Chad Haga, who gave this oversimplified summary:
“Guy stares past his hands at white lines for 3 rainy laps to set a new best time, then
has to wait 2 hours for last year’s fastest guy to knock him down a step.” Jonathan Castroviejo won his 4th TT Title
in spain, which won’t do his chances of Tour de France selection chances any harm
– he was 37 seconds in front of the Izaguirre brothers, who were separated by just a second. Victor Campenaerts won the Belgian champs,
although only 3 seconds in front of his teammate Thomas De Gendt, whilst we had another example
there of domination in the women’s event, Ann Sophie Duyck taking her 5th national title
On to the road races, and whilst Coryn Rivera has never previously won the US National Championships
on the road, her victory there on Saturday marked her 72nd career national championship
title, which really is some record. Rivera outsprinted Megan Guarnier to continue
her incredible run of form. In the men’s, Jonny Brown surprised the
more senior and experienced riders to become the youngest US Elite National Champion ever,
at just 21 year old. Yet another Hagens Berman Axeon team rider
to watch out for in the future – or indeed right now to be honest, he is national champion
after all. Quickstep Floors dominated the men’s race
in Belgium, Yves Lampaert and twice former champion Philippe Gilbert found themselves
in a group of three with Jasper Stuyven, at which point it was just a question of which
of the two would win. Answer? Lampaert, who attacked in the closing stages. The women’s, though, was dominated by the
other heavyweight Belgian team, Lotto Soudal, Analies Dom beating teammate Valerie Demey. Down in Spain, we had one of the oldest top
10’s that you can imagine. Oscar Sevilla, 41, was 10th, Francisco Mancebo,
42, was 7th. Also up there were Dani Moreno, 36, and the
ever consisten Alejandro Valverde, 38, who finished runner up behind the relative youth
of Gorka Izaguirre, who took his first Spanish title at the scant age of 30. Another rider who’ll be wearing his national
colours at the Tour is Michal Kwiatkowski – he lost his TT title to Bodnar but got revenge
in the road race. And then, there’s Peter Sagan. Now this might be a little unfair, but it
does feel like he’s just decided to loan the jersey to his brother for the past couple
of seasons, but with the World Championships probably being too hard for him to collect
a fourth rainbow jersey this autumn, maybe the prospect of having to race in standard
trace team kit was enough to frighten Sagan into winning his national Slovakian championships,
marking his 5th Elite title. The Sagan’s have dominated the race since
2011. Talking about trade team kit, I love this
from @perfilatore, showing how many days per season Sagan has spent in his normal team
kit – just 16.74% of race days since 2011, and last year just 5% of his race days were
in his normal kit, presumably in team time trials. In fact the last time he word standard kit
outside time trials was the 2011 Tour de Suisse. Remarkable. Matej Mohoric won the Slovenian champs, outsprinting
Domen Novak and 7 minutes ahead of Luka Pibernik for a Bahrain Merida clean sweep of the podium. And in Italy, we’ll have to wait another
week for the men’s race, but the women’s is already done, 20 year old Marta Cavalli
taking her first pro win there. Also 20, also taking her first pro win was
Katherine Maine winning the Canadian title, and there was another 1st pro win in the men’s
with FDJ Groupama pro Antoine Duchesne set to wear the red and white maple leaf jersey
for the next 12 months. Next up, we’ve got the Adriatica Ionica
– a brand new race in Italy, which is good news as many organisers of smaller races have
been struggling with budgets of late. It’s a 5 day stage race in north eastern
Italy, that incorporates three sprint stages, one mountain top finish up the brutal Passo
Giau in Alta Badia, and a TTT, which is in fact what kicked things off last Wednesday. Winners there? Quickstep, and they backed that up with a
sprint win for Viviani from a reduced group of 50 on stage 2. That marked the 11th victory for Viviani and
the 40th for Quickstep, making them statistically the most successful rider and team so far
this season, and that was before Viviani took their 41st and 42nd victories on stages on
stages 4 and 5. In the latter, it was Mark Cavendish that
Viviani beat – and that marked the best result for Cavendish since he crashed out of Milan
Sanremo in March – could he be coming good in time for the Tour? Time will tell but it certainly looks like
it. Speaking of which in last week’s poll, 68%
of you said that Fernando Gaviria will win a stage of this year’s Tour, not long now
until we find out, that race starts a week on Saturday and don’t forget, we’ve got
you covered with highlights of each and every stage, over on our Facebook page. This week’s poll is another simple one,
how many stages will Mark Cavendish win at the Tour? 0, 1, 2, 3, or more than 4? Let us know your thoughts in the poll on screen
and also in the comments below. Stage 3 was the defining point in the GC though,
finishing, as mentioned, on the Passo Giau. 9km’s at 9%, it’s a true test for any
climber, and rising to the top that day was Gianni Savio’s latest prodigy, Ivan Ramiro
Sosa, a performance which was enough not only for the stage win, but also for the overall
honours two days later. Sosa averaged 350w for 2.3km’s for his attack:
Many of you will know that Team Sky’s Egan Bernal rode for Androni Giocattoli last year,
and it seems as they’ve found another super talent in Sosa, who already impressed amongst
illustrious company at the Tour of the Alpes in April. No doubt he’ll be courting the attention
of a number of WorldTour teams, and I’m sure Savio will be calculating the transfer
fee as we speak. Halle Ingooigem has long been established
as a nice little preparation race for the national championships in Northern Europe,
and particularly Belgium, and we had a decent turnout amongst the local pro teams again
this year. The race took in a number of ascents of the
Tiegemberg, a tarmacked climb often used in Belgium’s biggest one day races, and it
encouraged a lot of attacks in the closing stages of the race. However, despite the attackers efforts, Quickstep
Floors and Verandas Willems were able to bring it back for a bunch sprint, only to be outdone
by Lotto NL Jumbo’s Danny Van Poppel, who pipped young Fabio Jakobsen by just a few
centimetres. It marked the first win for Van Poppel since
February. Over to the ultra endurance world now, and
before I update you on the Trans Am and the Tour Divide, I want to start by giving a quick
nod to the Navad 1000. This was the first ever bikepacking event
in Switzerland – 1000km long, 31,000 metres of climbing, from Lake Constance to Lake Geneva. ‘no entry fee, no outside support, no prizemoney,
no excuses, nonstop’ is how organisers describe the event, which began in 2015. Stěpán Stránský won the event, but not
far behind and 1st woman was ultra endurance legend Lael Wilcox, who finished in 4 days,
10 hours and 6 minutes. Lael is the only woman to have won the transam
bike race, but this was the bike she chose for the Navad 1000, a Specialized Epic Hardtail
with plenty of modifications, and I’m particularly pleased to see that she’s chosen good old
fashioned bar ends – I like to use them myself over much shorter distances. Onto the Tour Divide now, and the front runners
or riders there have finished, Lewis Ciddor continued where we left him last week to finish
first. The Australian averaged 180 miles a day over
15 days, 2 hours and 8 minutes where he reached New Mexico and the finish line – what an accomplishment. Alexandra Houchin continues to lead the women’s
event, she, as we record this, has around 700 miles remaining. The TransAm also finished last week, at least
for the front runners, and it was a quick one. Two riders managed to get inside last year’s
record time, and the winner was Marcel Graber, but NOT on a conventional bike. He used a three wheeled Velomobile, not dissimilar
to the one I had a little go in at CeramicSpeed in Denmark, to cover the 7000km’s in 6 days,
16 hours, and 40 minutes. To put that into perspective, that’s over
a day ahead of the record set last year by Evan Deutsch. Coming in 2nd on a more standard bike was
Peter Andersen, who also broke last year’s record. It has caused a bit of controversy on forums,
with plenty of discussion as to whether a velomobile is fair game, but by the rules
it is, and since the transam’s first official rule is that there is no complaining about
the rules, there isn’t really a discussion to be had. Tanja Hacker won the women’s event, on a
standard bike, that despite taking a couple of wrong turns in Montana. That’s all for this week’s show – give
us a thumbs up if you’ve enjoyed it. Next week I’ll be back with a report on
the remainder of the national road championships, including Italy, the UK, the Netherlands and
France, and I very much hope you’ll join me then. In the meantime, if you’d like to watch
a fantastic Ask GCNything with one of the best racers of all time, Marianne Vos, then
make sure you watch this video with Emma.

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