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Championship Sunday is in the books and it didn’t disappoint. Many nations hosted their national road championships over the weekend and we have a run-down of the most notable winners. Plus, we have an updated look at the new bikes that have been spotted in the peloton and which ones could be coming soon.
Quote of the day:
“I’m absolutely ecstatic; it’s been a long time coming and I’m really happy to take the win now.” Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) after taking her first elite U.S. national road title. It is her 72nd career U.S. national championship.
Story of the day: Sagan continues streak of not wearing trade team jersey
June 13, 2011. That was the last time Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wore his normal trade team jersey in a race, excluding individual and team trials. After the three-time world champion captured the Slovakian national road title on Sunday, the streak will continue into the 2019 season.
It’s Sagan’s sixth national road championship and his first win in the event since 2015. He helped his brother, Juraj, capture the title in 2016 and 2017. The win seems to hint that Sagan feels his chances of winning a fourth consecutive world championship are not very good, as he raced aggressively on Sunday in pursuit of the victory.
“I am happy to win my sixth Slovak championships, it’s always a proud moment for any athlete,” Sagan said. “Congratulations to Juraj for his second place overall in the combined Czech-Slovak classification and to Michael Kolar who closed the Slovak podium. Thanks to my team Bora–hansgrohe for the support and to the thousands of fans from both countries that cheered us here in Pilsen.”
The Slovakian and Czech Republic national championship road races are held jointly.
Rivera finally gets elite U.S. national title
Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) entered the U.S. national road championship with 71 national titles across a multitude of disciplines under her belt. However, she was missing an elite road title. She had come close of late, finishing second the last three years with the stars and stripes being just out of reach — that all changed on Sunday.
Rivera launched a blistering uphill sprint to take the professional women’s U.S. national road championship in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday. She could not stop smiling at the finish after she pulled on the stars and stripes jersey for the first time at the elite level on the road.
“This was a race of attrition and patience and the win means the world to me,” Rivera said. “I had a teammate [in Knoxville], which made the biggest difference. At the end of the day, this is a team sport and I couldn’t have done this on my own. I’m absolutely ecstatic; it’s been a long time coming and I’m really happy to take the win now. After all of the hard work that me and Ruth [Winder] put in through the race, it’s great that I could finish it off.”
Notable elite men national championships
Belgium: Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors)
Canada: Antoine Duchesne (Groupama-FDJ)
Czech Republic: Josef Cerný (Elkov-Author Cycling)
Norway: Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates)
Poland: Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky)
Slovenia: Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)
Spain: Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)
Sweden: Lucas Eriksson
Notable elite women national championships
Belgium: Annelies Dom (Lotto Soudal Ladies)
Canada: Katherine Maine (Rally Cycling)
Czech Republic: Jarmila Machacova (Dukla Praha Women)
Itay: Marta Cavalli (Valcar-PBM)
Norway: Vita Heine (Hitec Products)
Poland: Malgorzata Jasinska (Movistar)
Slovenia: Polona Batagelj (BTC City Ljubljana)
Spain: Eider Merino (Movistar)
Sweden: Emilia Fahlin (Wiggle-High5)
Melburnian wins Tour Divide
The lead rider of this year’s Tour Divide, Lewis Ciddor has rolled into the Antelope Hills, finishing the mountain bike ultra-endurance race, which winds its way from Canada, via the United States, to Mexico with a sleepless overnight dash to the line.
The 28-year-old Australian rider made it over the more than 4,400 kilometres across the rough and remote trails of the Continental Divide in 15 days, 2 hours, and 8 minutes. The Melburnian came in more than 16 hours ahead of second placed rider Bailey Newbrey, from the US, who was riding a single-speed.
“I’m really excited to finish this thing off … I rode through the night to get it done,” said Ciddor on a final call to MTBCast. “It was nice to beat the heat and the headwinds getting down to the finish.”
And he didn’t forget those still out there on the bikes in his call with Ciddor warning that the Coke machine on the trail in Beaverhead was still on the fritz and was likely to eat their quarters. “It got me, don’t let it get you.”
UCI adds more bikes to approved list
The UCI’s approved frame and fork list has once again been updated and quickly follows our recent speculation of expected 2019 bikes. In addition to the bikes we already covered, Argon-18 and Bianchi join the list of brands bringing out disc versions of flagship aero racers, with the Nitrogen Disc and Oltre XR4 CV Disc respectively.
BMC has a number of new rides on the list, confirming previous suspicions. In addition to the recently revamped Teammachine ALR range, it seems the speculation of a new aero road bike, in the form of a TimeMachine Road is true, and likewise, there’s a new TimeMachine 1 Disc TT bike on the list.
Belgium-based Ridley has two new aero road bikes on the list, a new Noah Fast and Noah Fast Disc, with the former recently spotted under German sprinter Andre Greipel.
Finally, the UCI has confirmed sightings of new bikes from Trek and Specialized. In Specialized’s section, there’s now a “Venge MY19” on the list. Meanwhile, Trek shows both a rim brake and disc brake Madone.
With both the Tour de France and Eurobike coinciding in early July, we expect official details for many of these bikes to be released shortly.
Pirelli launches tubular tire, partners with Mitchelton-Scott
Motorsport heavy-weight Pirelli unveiled its first tubular tire over the weekend and announced a partnership with Mitchelton-Scott. The Italian company re-entered the road tire space last summer with three clincher tires.
Pirelli and Mitchelton-Scott have been testing the new tubular tire since January with over 300,000 kilometres ridden on the tire. The Australian-based team tested unbranded PZero Velo tubular tires during races as well.
The tubular tire has many of the same characteristics of Pirelli’s clincher tires. Pirelli’s SmartNET™ Silica compound is used along with its Ideal Contour Shaping (ICS) tire tread profile, and Functional Groove Design (FGD).
Frontflip on a road bike….almost
Happy Birthday to …
Robbie McEwen (46), the Australian is a 12-time Tour de France stage winner and won the green points jersey at the Tour on three occasions. He retired at the end of the 2011 season with 104 career wins. McEwen can now be heard covering races on television with SBS.
In Memory …
The late Gustaaf Deloor was born on this day in 1913. He won the first and second edition of the Vuelta a Espana in 1935 and 1936. Deloor’s victory at 1936 La Vuelta stands as the longest winning finish time at over 150 hours. The 1936 race consisted of 22 stages and 4,407 kilometres. Deloor past away in 2002 at the age of 88.