Road races

Belgium — men’s

Stijn Devolder won his third Belgian road race championship after a solo break of 25 kilometers. Devolder said:

“I was really focused on this championships -– I wanted to win. This is a nice moment for me. I wanted to show that I am really back after some bad years. I promised myself that I would win a big race again and now I want to enjoy this moment with my family. They stuck by me and we deserve this.”

Stijn Devolder has been crowned Belgian national road race champion.

Stijn Devolder has been crowned Belgian national road race champion.

Devolder continued: “We didn’t have the numbers but I chose the right moment to attack. You need to be strong but also smart. It was the right moment to attack at two laps to go. It absolutely played out the way I had pictured it over the last couple of months.”

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Croatia — men’s

In Croatia, Robert Kišerlovski took his first Croatian road race title. Recent Tour of Slovenia winner Radoslav Rogina (Adria Mobil) finished second with Robert’s brother Emanuel Kišerlovski (Meridiana – Kamen) third.

“I am happy,” said Robert Kišerlovski. “This is my first title as an elite rider so better late than never. For me it is always hard to win a championship as all riders look at me and control my movements. This was the case today, also. The course was not really my favorite type of course either. There were no long climbs, but it was very tough. Constantly up and down and the wind made it very hard.”

Robert Kišerlovski was part of a decisive break of 30 riders. At 5km from the finish he attacked a first time, then again a second time at 3km to go, this time with more success, holding five seconds at the finish.

“Rogina tried to chase me down, but I need to thank my brother Emanuel for helping me a lot in the final and for disrupting the chase. This is nice.”

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German — men’s

Over in Germany Andrei Greipel’s won his first national championships, writing afterward in his blog that he was “happy and proud I will be wearing the jersey with the black-red-gold stripes on my body at the start of the Tour de France. This is something very special!”

Andre Greipel pumps the air after winning the German national road race championships.

Andre Greipel pumps the air after winning the German national road race championships.

By beating Gerald Ciolek and John Degenkolb, Greipel said it showed that his perparation has gone well, “and I am looking forward to a hopefully exciting duel with my competitors.”

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Great Britain — men’s

In the British National Road Championship, Mark Cavendish was in an escape group of four riders with more than a four minute gap on the next closest rider with just a few laps remaining in the race. He went on to win the sprint from the small breakaway, taking out his first British national championship.

As the race progressed Cavendish was showing his form, keeping pace on the climbs with the leaders. He also attacked on the final climb, and was able to take the victory after chasing down David Millar when he attacked with less than 3km to go. Ian Stannard was 2nd, and Millar 3rd.

Cavendish said: “I’m happy because I am proud to be British and wear this jersey for the first time in my career, especially heading into the Tour de France.”

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Trixi Worrack took out the German women's road race championships.

Trixi Worrack took out the German women’s road race championships.

Great Britain — women’s

Lizzie Armitstead won the British Cycling National Women’s Road Race Championship in Glasgow by 63 seconds on Sunday.

The Boels Dolmans CT rider finished just over a minute clear of second-placed Laura Trott and third placed Danielle King after breaking away on the final lap of the Glasgow city centre circuit.

The Olympic silver medallist went all out on the eighth and final lap of the 112km race, putting space between her and her rivals on the last climb of the University hill.

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Italy — men’s

Ivan Santaromita of the BMC Racing Team out-sprinted breakaway companions Michele Scarponi and Davide Rebellin Saturday to win the Italian national road championship.

Santaromita had been part of a five-man group – which included Alessandro De Marchi and Simone Stortoni – that got away from the peloton on the last of four 30.5-km circuits in the 229km race. Attacks by Scarponi and Santaromita eventually whittled the group to three before Santaromita launched his decisive move with 500 meters to go on the twisty run-in to the finish.

Ivan Santamorita celebrates after taking out the Italian road race nationals.

Ivan Santamorita celebrates after taking out the Italian road race nationals.

“This is the most beautiful day of my life,” Santaromita said. “It was a dream for me to win the jersey and now I have it. I finished the Giro d’Italia in good shape, had good shape in the Critérium du Dauphiné and I had been training hard for this race.”

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Lithuania — men’s

Tomas Vaitkus earned his third Lithuanian national road title from a five rider breakaway that formed during the last hour of racing.

“It’s a good feeling to win the race and wear the national jersey,” said Vaitkus. “It’s always special. I feel better and more confident with my condition. I think this is a good time for me to have this performance and show improvements.”

Vaitkus described the race as hard-fought. An early breakaway of two riders established more than a ten minute advantage before the field began to chase. With the gap falling, riders in the bunch began to attack. Eventually, Vaitkus slipped free of the peloton with four other riders.

“I’m happy to come back to our national colours,” said Vaitkus, who last wore the national champion jersey in 2008. “I feel proud when I can race in it.”

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Luxembourg — men’s

Over in Luxembourg Bob Jungels has done the road race-ITT double, all in his neo-pro year.

The course was 12 laps with two climbs, for a total or 170km. Jungels had a big following on hand with the course close to his home. He said after the race: “I can wear the Lux flag in every single race now, having won both the time trial and the road race. It’s my first year as a pro so these two wins are so awesome and I’m really happy!”

Today’s win marks the tenth career title for Bob Jungels having taken the Junior road twice, the U23 roads twice, the time trial six times, along with this week’s wins in the elite time trial and road, all by the age of 20.

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The Netherlands — men’s

Johnny Hoogerland is the celebrated champion of the Netherlands. The 30 year old rider from Vacansoleil-DCM came in Kerkrade after 228km solo and was first across the finish line.

“When I rode besides our team bus in the last lap, I got tears in my eyes. After all the misery of the past two years, this is just fantastic”, said Sealand’s Lion after winning the title, referring to the serious accidents he was involved in this spring and in the Tour de France two years ago.

Johnny Hoogerland takes out a solo victory in the Dutch national road race championship.

Johnny Hoogerland takes out a solo victory in the Dutch national road race championship.

“It’s been a long road. But maybe I come back better than ever before. Nothing is more beautiful than go to the Tour in our national colors. It’s a dream come true. I did not win much in recent years, but I always try to ride attractive. Also as a team we have had a lot of setbacks this year, but finally everything went well now.”

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Norway — men’s

Racing in his hometown of Grimstad, Thor Hushovd attacked with about 20km remaining in the 198km race to narrowly hold off runner-up Alexander Kristoff and third-placed Edvald Boasson Hagen.

“There were thousands of people, a massive crowd, that gave me a lot of motivation and helped me dig a bit deeper,” Hushovd said. “I can’t remember when I have been this strong in the past. So it’s a bit sad that I was not selected to the Tour de France team. But like I have always said in the past, I respect the team’s decision.”

The national road title was Hushovd’s third, adding to those won in 2004 and 2010.

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Poland — men’s

The young Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Michal Kwiatkowski won the Polish National Road Championship on Sunday, besting Adrian Honkisz and Lukasz Bodnar out of an earlier escape group of almost a dozen riders.

“I’m really happy, it’s a dream for me,” said Kwiatkowski. “I want to dedicate this victory to my family, my girlfriend, all my supporters. They deserve it, they are always with me. It will be a kind of honour to ride with this jersey at the Tour de France. I can’t wait to show it next Saturday at the start!”

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Russia — men’s

Katusha’s rider Vladimir Isaychev took a very beautiful victory in road race of Russian Champs and became new Russian Champion.

The queen’s race of the Championships -– a road race of 196km -– was held in the center of Samara and became one of the hardest races of recent years.

The race has started with a lot of attacks, one of which created a three-men breakaway with Pavel Kochetkov, Igor Frolov and Sergey Belykh. With 100 km to go 4 Katusha riders did a strong contra-attack with Vladimir Gusev, Vladimir Isaychev, Pavel Brutt and Eduard Vorganov. Only Ivan Rovny from Ceramica Flaminia and Andrei Solomennikov from Rusvelo could follow them.

Isaychev attacked with 1.5 km to go on the last climb and held a gap of 5-7 seconds till the finish.

“This is the most important victory in my career. To win Russian Championships in such a great race, in such a strong fight, in my home city Samara – it’s something special! I thank all my team for the great support and help they provided me today during the whole race.”

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Lucinda Brand won the Dutch women's road race championship.

Lucinda Brand won the Dutch women’s road race championship.

Slovakia — men’s

Peter Sagan has won the Slovakian national road race championships for the third time. “I’m really proud to be the national champion. Fans in Slovakia are really warm with me and to take a win in front of them is a way to say thanks.”

“Today I finished in the best way on my road to the Tour de France. My sensations are good, better than at the Tour de Suisse, and the form is how I wanted. I had no chance to test myself in bunch sprit, as will happen in France, but for sure I know I’ll be stronger on the climbs. I’ll try to exploit this advantage for the challenge for the green jersey with Cavendish, Greipel and the other contenders,” Sagan said.

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Spain — men’s

Movistar continue its impressive streak in the Spanish road race championships as one of their riders claimed the professional title again. While the team’s two fast men, José Joaquín Rojas and Fran Ventoso, were the ones to take the titles in 2011 and 2012, it was time in 2013 for youngster Jesús Herrada.

The rider from Mota del Cuervo in Cuenca, at just 22, will wear the Spanish champion jersey for the next 12 months after winning the race held in Bembibre (León) over 208km of tricky roads. The parcours took its toll on a front group of about 40 riders after a hectic race where the telephone squad always kept control of the situation.

Herrada ended up winning with a slender margin over Ion Izagirre after the duo stayed away in the final kilometers over a group of favourites — including Plaza, Erviti, Madrazo and José Herrada – who were charging to chase them down.

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Swiss — men’s

Michael Schär said he felt strong from the moment he pulled on his Pearl Izumi Speed Suit for the 192km Swiss road race champions that he won after being part of a late breakaway that included teammate and defending Swiss road champion Martin Kohler.

Schär out-sprinted Martin Elmiger and Kohler to earn the first victory of a professional career that began in 2006. “This will always be the one I remember,” he said. “I’m happy – but what makes me happier is there are so many people who are happy for me, too. I’m usually the guy who helps. But now I finally have my own victory.”

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Individual time trials

France — men’s

Sylvain Chavanel won a record fifth French National TT Championship on Thursday, setting impressive times at every checkpoint and finishing fastest by more than two minutes.

Sylvain Chavanel makes it five national ITT championships.

Sylvain Chavanel makes it five national ITT championships.

Chavanel passed the 9km point with the fastest time (10’42″), and then passed the second intermediate point faster than Jeremy Roy (FDJ) by 1’58″. Chavanel finished 2’01″ ahead of Roy, and 2’20″ ahead of Johan Le Bon (FDJ) at the end of the 45.5km time trial.

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Great Britain — men’s

Thursday evening saw Alex Dowsett making history by becoming the first-ever rider to win three consecutive British time trial championships. The Movistar, Essex-born rider proved to be superior into the 48km course in southeast Scotland despite a crash that caused him wounds in his legs and arms and forced him to change bikes.

Dowsett, who had a significant gap over his competition before the incident, was able to hold off his rivals and win with 21 seconds over Matthew Botrill and Ben Swift.

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Great Britain — women’s

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s World and Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell can now add the title of Great Britain national time trial champion to her extensive list of achievements, as she was fastest around the rolling 35.2km course in Stewarton, to the south west of Glasgow, Scotland.

Rowsell finished in a time of 49 minutes and 25 seconds, which was 32 seconds quicker than second place Lizzie Armitstead, and a minute and 37 seconds quicker than Katie Colclough in third.

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German — men’s

Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Tony Martin continues his great 2013 season with another ITT victory. This time, the Panzerwagen earned his second straight German National TT Championship.

Tony Martin after winning the German national ITT championship.

Tony Martin after winning the German national ITT championship.

Martin, with a time of 1:00.58, bested Patrick Gretsch and Stefan Schumacher by 1’33″ and 1’53″.

“Today I won the race and I am really happy,” Martin said. “The road was really good. There was no rain, not too much wind and I really liked the environment. The people and the crowd — it was really nice. This victory was really another great moment of my career.”

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Italy — men’s

Marco Pinotti captured his sixth national time trial crown by powering to a time 1:11 faster than runner-up Stefano Pirazzi and 1:28 over Adriano Malori in the 39-km race against the clock.

“I wanted to get the jersey back because the last two years I was missing it,” he said. “I wanted to set the record straight that I am the strongest time trialist in my country and that I am still there.”

Pinotti had previously won the national time trial in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was runner-up in 2006 and third in 2004 and 2012.

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Latvia — men’s

Katusha Team rider Gatis Smukulis won the individual time trial of Latvian National Championships defending the title he won in 2012.

This is first victory for Gatis Smukulis in the current season, while Katusha scored its 19th wins for 2013.

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Luxembourg — men’s

After winning two Junior and two U23 National Time Trial titles, on Thursday Bob Jungels won his first elite Luxembourgish Time Trial title by winning the 22km race in Dippach.

Bob Jungels on his way to winning the first of his two Luxembourgish national championships.

Bob Jungels on his way to winning the first of his two Luxembourgish national championships.

His winning time of 26.44 (48.909kph average) was ahead of Radioshack Leopard Trek teammate Laurent Didier at 27.39 (47.3kph average) and Ag2r’s Ben Gastauer at 28.07 (46.5kph average).

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Netherlands — men’s

Lieuwe Westra bested defending champion Niki Terpstra in the Dutch ITT championships by four seconds. Tom Domoulin was third, at 40 seconds.

Lieuwe Westra powers to victory in the Dutch national ITT championships.

Lieuwe Westra powers to victory in the Dutch national ITT championships.

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The Netherlands — women’s

Ellen Van Dijk’s successful National ITT defence earned her a third title in all, having first won in 2007.

Ellen van Dijk on her way to defending her national ITT champion's jersey.

Ellen van Dijk on her way to defending her national ITT champion’s jersey.

The 25-year-old completed the 26km Winsum course in 33 minutes 56 seconds, to beat 2006 champion Loes Gunnewijkvby 39 seconds, with current road race champion Annemiek van Vleuten in third, 1’01” behind.

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Norway — men’s

Edvald Boasson Hagen secured his sixth Norwegian Time Trial Championship in seven years with a dominant victory in Grimstad.

The 26-year-old Team Sky rider completed the 30km course in a time of 36 minutes and four seconds, 27 seconds ahead of second-placed Thor Hushovd and 42 seconds in front of defending champion Reidar Bohlin Borgersen in third.

Boasson Hagen won the title for five consecutive years between 2007 and 2011, but had to settle for second place last year after being edged out by Borgersen.

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Russia — men’s

Ilnur Zakarin is the new Russian champion against the clock. The ’89 class pursuant to RusVelo covered the 50-km circuit Samara (two laps of 25 km) in 1h01’12 “, ahead of 30″ Vladimir Gusev and 49″ teammate Artem Ovechkin.

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Slovakia — men’s

Peter Velits has won the Slovak National TT Champion with a winning time of 50’53″, better than Maros Kovac by 2’37″, and Milan Brenyi by 3’51″.

The victory of Velits is the third repeat National TT Champion for OPQS in 2013 including Sylvain Chavanel and Tony Martin.

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Spain — men’s

Jonathan Castroviejo conquered his long-awaited ‘rojigualda’ national jersey after being 6th in 2009, 5th in 2010 and 2nd in the last two editions.

In the Spanish TT held over 44km, the Basque showed strength and consistency from the first intermediate times, where he kept big favourite Luis León Sánchez behind before eventually beating him by 45 seconds.

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Sweden — women’s

Emma Johansson won her fifth Swedish National Time Trial Championships in Åstorp. The defending champion bested Lisa Nordén and Malin Rydlund on the 27.9km course.

The last to start, Johansson posted the fastest time at the intermediate split. Although she slowed slightly in the second half of the race, she still managed to cover the technical course in 37’59, 1’13 quicker than Norden in second place.

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Switzerland — men’s

Fabian Cancellara has won the National Time Trial Championships for the eighth time. On the 38.8km course around Satigny (near Geneva) he bested Martin Elmiger and Reto Hollenstein.

Cancellara took a slow start, coming in 7 seconds slower than Martin Elmiger at the first split time in Dardagny. But then ‘Spartacus’ turned on his big engine and steadily started catching back the IAM Cycling-rider.

At the finish line, he posted a time of 50’35 – 59 seconds faster than Elmiger and 1:57 faster than Hollenstein. This is his eighth national TT title (2002, 2004-2008, 2012 and now 2013). He has also won the road championships twice.

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The text in this article has been adapted from press releases sent out my various teams.