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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.
Having taken the time trial earlier this week — his first race back after injury — Steve Cummings gave a further signal that he is ready for the Tour de France when he won the British road race championships on the Isle of Man on Sunday. The Team Dimension Data rider attacked with a lap to go and reached the line 40 seconds ahead of the chasing duo Christopher Lawless (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Ian Bibby (JLT Condor).
“It was a really tough race, but that style of competition is what you miss when you haven’t been racing,” Cummings said. “It was punchy and explosive and there were so many efforts. I’m back now so we can forget about the injuries. It’s nice to be back doing what I do and looking forward to whatever is next. It’ll be nice to be at the Tour and to get stuck in.”
The podium of the 2017 British women’s road national championship, from left: Katie Archibald (WNT), Lizzie Deignan (Boels Dolmans), and Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM).
In the women’s race, Lizzie Deignan [nee Armitstead] landed her fourth national road race title, launching a solo attack with one lap left and cruising in 14 seconds ahead of Katie Archibald (Team WNT Pro Cycling) and Hannah Barnes (Canyon SRAM Racing).
“I didn’t want to take it to a sprint,” said Deignan. “When there were only three of us left, I knew I had to get rid of Hannah and Katie.”