Your Monday Daily News Digest – National Championships Round-up

by Neal Rogers

June 26, 2017

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Oliver Naesen, Jolien d’Hoore take Belgian national titles; Steve Cummings, Lizzie Deignan win British road championships; Fabio Aru, Elisa Longo Borghini take Italian national championships; Arnaud Démare crowned French national road champion; Ramon Sinkeldam, Chantal Blaak win Dutch road titles; Mullen and Boylan win Irish road race championships; Other national champions; Valverde – Froome is the strongest favourite for Tour de France; Feeling undervalued, Kristoff delays extending contract with Katusha; Investors flee from Dalian Wanda Group, owners of Tour de Suisse and World Triathlon Corporation; Video – Tour de France official teaser.

Fabio Aru, Elisa Longo Borghini take Italian national championships

by CyclingTips

Astana’s Fabio Aru followed on from fifth in the recent Critérium du Dauphiné with a fine solo victory in the Italian road race championships in Ivrea. He went all-out on the last ascent of the seven kilometre La Serra climb and raced in 40 seconds clear of chasers Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Rinaldo Nocentini (Sporting / Tavira), Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing Team) and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky).

“I’m really happy to have made my dream come true today. It’s an immense satisfaction,” Aru said. “The competition was so high with [Gianni] Moscon, [Damiano] Caruso, my friend Diego Ulissi and many others on good form.

“I haven’t told anyone but since I’ve resumed racing, I’ve been racing with Michele [Scarponi]’s jersey. I wanted to offer it after my first victory to his wife Anna and his children Giacomo and Tommaso. Here it is.”

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In the women’s race, Elisa Longo Borghini claimed her first national road race title after several near-misses in the past. Normally racing for the Wiggle-High5 team, she donned the colours of the Fiamme Oro squad in the race and soloed in 1:51 ahead of a nine-woman group led in by her usual Wiggle-High5 teammate Giorgia Bronzini and Soraya Paladin (Alé Cipollini).

“Finally I made it in the road race as well,” Longo Borghini said. “In the past few years I either crashed or came second. Today, on the other, I started with the firm intention of winning and I took a big stone out of my shoe. Winning in Piedmont, my region, is special but winning an Italian championship in my region is fantastic.”

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