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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.
The podium of the 2017 Dutch national road championship, from left: Wouter Wippert (Cannondale-Drapac), Ramon Sinkeldam (Team Sunweb), Dylan Groenwegen (LottoNL-Jumbo). Photo: Cor Vos.
Ramon Sinkeldam (Sunweb) has won the Dutch men’s national road title by outsprinting Wouter Wippert (Cannondale-Drapac) and Dylan Groenwegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) in Montferland after 235km.
“This is an amazing victory for me and the team.” Sinkeldam said. “The guys did an amazing job throughout the whole day and executed our plan to perfection. I was able to stay fresh for the finish and could finish off the team’s hard work to take the win. It’s amazing to have the support of the staff and team to be able to sprint to the win today, I am speechless.”
In the women’s race, Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) soloed to victory ahead of defending champion Anouska Koster (WM3 Energie) and Floortje Mackaij (Sunweb).
“This is one of the biggest wins of my career,” said Blaak. “In Holland we have world class riders, and a national title really means something. I don’t know, because I’ve never experienced it before, but I think it’s really special to wear the jersey the whole year. I’m really proud of that.
“This whole spring, I was in good shape and I had good legs, but I never got the big wins like I did last year. This makes everything good.”