The past weekend saw the European cycling countries decide their national road championships. A few of the bigger names won jerseys, but the majority of the spoils went to lesser known riders.
Dauphiné Libéré winner Christophe Moreau (Ag2r) continued his good form by taking the French men’s road race title in Aurilliac, winning by over two minutes after an attack with 40km to go. The Belgian championship was decided in Ronse, with Stijn Devolder (Discovery Channel) soloing to victory over Tom Boonen (Quick.Step). In Germany, Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) beat Patrik Sinkewitz (T-Mobile Team) to win the battle of the youngsters there.
The Italian championships were decided in Genova, and it was a delighted and surprised Giovanni Visconti (Quick.Step) who won the tricolore jersey there. In Spain, Caisse d’Epargne’s Joaquín Rodríguez triumphed over teammate Alejandro Valverde after a tough finish, while in Switzerland Beat Zberg (Gerolsteiner) crossed the line two minutes clear of time trial champion Fabian Cancellara (CSC).
Unfortunately for the Brits, their nationals were cancelled because of the bad weather. The championships were due to be held in East Yorkshire, but rain and flooding in that area combined with stretched police resources meant that they had to be called off, with a small chance that they will be held later this year.
Other national champions are listed below
Austria: Christian Pfannberger (MRR), Rupert Probst (MTT), Daniela Pintarelli (WRR), Christiane Soeder (WTT)
Belgium: Stijn Devolder (MRR), Ludivine Henrion (WRR)
Czech Republic: Tomáš Buchácek (MRR), Martina Ružicková (WRR)
Denmark: Alex Nicki Sylvest Rasmussen (MRR), Lars Bak (MTT), Karina Hegelund (WRR), Trine Schmidt (WTT)
France: Christophe Moreau (MRR), Benoît Vaugrenard (MTT), Edwige Pitel (WRR), Maryline Salvetat (WTT)
Germany: Fabian Wegmann (MRR), Bert Grabsch (MTT), Luise Keller (WRR), Hanka Kupfernagel (WTT)
Italy: Giovanni Visconti (MRR), Luca Ascani (MTT), Eva Lechner (WRR), Vera Carrara (WTT)
Kazakhstan: Maxim Iglinsky (MRR), Aleksandr Dyachenko (MTT)
Luxembourg: Benoît Joachim (MRR), Christian Poos (MTT), Suzie Godart (WRR), Christine Majerus (WTT)
Netherlands: Koos Moerenhout (MRR), Marlijn Binnendijk (WRR)
Norway: Edvald Boasson Hagen (MRR), Anita Valen (WRR)
Poland: Tomasz Marczyñski (MRR), Lukasz Bodnar (MTT), Maja Wloszczowska (WRR), Joanna Ignasiak (WTT)
Russia: Vladislav Borisov (MRR), Vladimir Gusev (MTT)
Slovakia: Martin Riska (MRR)
Slovenia: Tadej Valjavec (MRR)
Spain: Joaquín Rodríguez (MRR), José Iván Gutiérrez (MTT), Maribel Moreno (WRR and WTT)
Sweden: Magnus Bäckstedt (MRR), Gustav Larsson (MTT), Angelica Agerteg (WRR), Emma Johansson (WTT)
Switzerland: Beat Zberg (MRR), Fabian Cancellara (MTT), Karin Thürig (WTT)
Ukraine:Volodymyr Zagorodnij (MRR), Volodymyr Dyudya (WRR)