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A Swift Comeback: National Championships Weekend | The Cycling Race News Show

A Swift Comeback: National Championships Weekend | The Cycling Race News Show


Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show. Coming up this week, we round up the highlights
of the many national road and time trial championships that took place over the last week – who will
be taking their national colours into the Tour de France and Giro Rosa? We also look at the 2000km self supported
GBDuro event, the Grande Partenza of the 2020 Giro, and Valverde reveals when he’ll finally
hang up his wheels. Let’s get on to the national championships
highlights now, and we’re going to start with the road races, and with France, where
Warren Barguil of Arkea Samsic took his first win in almost 2 years. The 27 year old formed part of a 7 man group
that would contest the win, but knowing that he wouldn’t be the fastest sprinter, he
attacked multiple times on the run in to the finish in Le Haie Fouassiere. However, he needn’t have worried – after
a late attack by Guillaume Martin was reeled in, Barguil proved to be the fastest finisher
from his group. Believe it or not, that’s only the 5th win
of his career, the other two have come in the Vuelta or Tour de France – when he wins,
he wins big, and it’s good to see him back. On the team’s website he talked about his
struggles over the last couple of seasons, to the point that he even thought about quitting
the sport – here’s hoping he has a good Tour de France. In the women’s event there, it was yet more
success for the cyclocross fraternity, as Jade Wiel took the crown at the tender age
of 19. Wiel was racing as a junior just last year,
so that was an impressive ride to say the least. Speaking of cyclocross, there was a bit of
an upset in Belgium as Tim Merlier of Corendon Circus took the honours. What made it even more surprising is the fact
that Merlier only signed with the team to race on the road 2 weeks ago – in cyclocross
he rides for Pauwels Sauzen Vastgoedservice. The race ended in a sprint – Wout van Aert
looked good but got himself a bit boxed in, having to settle for 3rd, whilst Merlier and
his team played it perfectly, outpowering and outfoxing the big guns from Deceuninck
Quickstep and Lotto Soudal, who failed to even make it onto the podium. In the women’s race there, we had a surprise
winner in the form of 23 year old Jesse Vandenbulcke of Dolcini Van Eyck Sport, who got to stand
atop the podium with her 2 year old son Fabian, how cool is that?! The Spanish and Italian championships are
always some of the most hotly contested, partly down to just how many pros there are in those
countries. In the former, Movistar took charge of controlling,
starting as they did with about 10 riders. The winning move went on the climb of the
Santuario de la Fuensanta, which featured on the 19km finishing circuits which they
completed 4 times. Luis Leon Sanchez, Alejandro Valverde and
Jesus Herrada were the trio that went clear, the latter was dropped when Sanchez attacked
in the closing 5kms, at which point Valverde refused to work, sitting on Sanchez and then
outsprinting him to the line. Unfortunately that does mean that we won’t
see the Spanish national champions jersey at the Tour, because Valverde will of course
be wearing the rainbow bands. Hard not to see him taking at least a stage
win with the way he’s going at the moment. The women’s race was so hard that the first
8 riders all finished on their own, best of them all was Lourdes Oyarbide, also of Movistar,
who reached the finish line just under half a minute clear of Irene Mendez. Meanwhile in Italy, the course was too tough
for reigning champion Elia Viviani to have a shot at defending his title. The finishing laps included a climb to Strela,
which is where Davide Formolo started to put the hurt on, attacking with 60kms still to
go and pulling a small group clear. Not happy with that, he went again with still
almost 40kms remaining. It was a long old effort, particularly given
the quality of the group behind and the fact that he never enjoyed a huge advantage, but
he was strong, very strong, and eventually took the gold medal by 27 seconds from a disappointed
Sonny Colbrelli. The Italian women’s national champs will
take place at the end of July. Over here in Great Britain, I don’t think
there was a single rider or fan who was disappointed to see Ben Swift take the title and the jersey. Swift has had his fair share of injuries over
the years, and at the start of this year had one of his worst ever, crashing whilst training
in Tenerife with Geraint Thomas and ending up in intensive care. He passed teammate Ian Stannard, who’d been
in his usual beast mode for most of the day, in the final metres of the race to take his
first senior road title. In the women’s, it was the culmination of
the perfect week for Alice Barnes. She’d already taken victory in the time
trial the previous Thursday, and backed that up with a very strong and measured performance
yesterday afternoon. That must have felt particularly satisfying
for Barnes, having finished just outside the medals in the European Games the previous
week in both the time trial and the road race. The winner of that road race was Lorena Wiebes,
and she continued her incredible season by winning the Dutch national title, once again
getting the better of Marianne Vos. In the men’s, Fabio Jakobsen won what was
a reduced bunch sprint. The US nationals were held in Knoxville, Tennessee,
and the road races produced two very popular winners. Alex Howes of EF Education First has had his
mind set on the stars and stripes jersey for years, and this year he finally got his hands
on it. He got the better of local rider Stephen Bassett,
riding for First Internet Bank, in a thrilling finale where he looked to be out of the running
on more than one occasion in the final 10kms. The women’s race was equally as enthralling
– Ruth Winder of Trek Segafredo attacked with still more than 30kms of the race remaining,
just after her teammate Tayler Wiles was caught. She was joined by Lili Williams of Hagens
Berman Supermint, but the youngster wasn’t able to keep up with Wiles, who persevered
alone. The win, though, was far from guaranteed – a
strong group was coming up fast, and Winder, in her own words, was dying a thousand deaths,
however she JUST managed to hang on, by a single second, ahead of a fast finishing Coryn
Rivera, with Emma White of Rally UHC in 3rd. In Ireland, Sam Bennett and Eddie Dunbar proved
to be the strongest in the field – it would come down to a sprint between the two of them,
and inevitably it was Bennett who was the quicker, taking his 8th season win. Third on the day was Ryan Mullen, who’d
had an absolute nightmare on the lead up to the race. More on that later. Bora Hansgrohe had a particularly good weekend,
in fact – they took all three of the podium spots in Germany, Max Schachmann taking the
gold, whilst they also prevailed in Italy with Davide Formolo, Austria with Patrick
Conrad, and Slovakia with Juraj Sagan. The significance of that is that Peter Sagan
will be riding in a standard team jersey for the first time in what seems like an eternity,
away from time trials at least. That said, he probably won’t get far through
the Tour before he swaps it for a Green jersey. Other riders that will take their national
championships jerseys into the Tour de France on Saturday include Alexey Lutsenko, who won
in Kazakhstan, and Toms Skujins, who won in Latvia, Sebastien Reichenbach in Switzerland,
and Michael Morkov, who retained his Danish title. Bob Jungels won’t be riding the Tour, but
took his 6th national title in Luxembourg, only by a minute this year though, rather
than the quarter of an hour he won it by last year. Other high profile riders who’ll likely
be taking their national colours to the Giro Rosa, which starts on Friday, include Lisa
Brennauer, who took her 2nd elite title in Germany, former world champion Amalie Dideriksen
in Denmark, and finally Christine Majerus, who took her umteenth titles in Luxembourg
in the road race and time trial. Speaking of which, on to some of the key time
trials now. Wout van Aert continued his run of impressive
form by taking the Belgian title, beating Yves Lampaert, a winner recently of a time
trial at the Tour de Suisse, and young Remco Evenepoel. Over in the USA, it was 21 year old Ian Garrison
who upset established pros such as Nielson Powless and Larry Warbasse to take the stars
and stripes jersey in the time trial – what made it all the more special, was that just
one week previous he had won the U23 title, making him the first male rider to hold both
since Taylor Phinney. In the women’s, it was a lady at the other
end of her career. 44 year old Amber Neben took her third straight
title, 36 seconds clear of Chloe Dygert. Over here in the UK – Alex Dowsett took his
6th national time trial title, equalling the record of Stuart Dangerfield. He was pushed very close, though, by John
Archibald, a member of the HUUB Wattbike team who holds the sea level pursuit world record. In the Netherlands, World Champion Annemiek
Van Vleuten smashed the women’s time trial, putting over a minute and a half into her
closest challenger, Ellen Van Dijk, averaging over 48kph, and doing it all on one of the
most bling bikes you are ever likely to see. How cool does that look?! The men’s there was won by Jos Van Emden
of Lotto Jumbo, a team who also had success in Germany with Tony Martin, who took his
9th national TT title, despite an early mechanical problem. Lotta Lepisto won the Finnish national time
trial championships, one day before her 30th birthday, so a double reason to celebrate
for her, whilst Kasper Asgreen’s win in Denmark marked Deceuninck Quickstep’s 50th
national elite title. Ryan Mullen managed to win the Irish time
trial despite his nightmare experience leading up to it – UPS lost his road bike, and KLM
lost his time trial bike. Not ideal the day before you are supposed
to be defending your title. Luckily he had his spare bike, but he had
to borrow a helmet, a Garmin mount, and a bottle and cage. Clearly it didn’t seem to affect him, he
won the time trial by almost a minute from Eddie Dunbar. Filippo Ganna took over the mantle as Italian
TT champ from his Team Ineos teammate Gianni Moscon, who could only manage 5th. Ganna was separated by one second from second
placed Alberto Bettiol, who’d go on to place 3rd in the road race – watch out for him at
the Tour. That’s it for the national championships
– sorry we can’t mention ever single winner, but a very big well done to you all, a national
title is a big thing for every rider – I would love to have won one myself but I never quite
made it. All eyes will now turn to the Tour de France,
though, which starts this coming Saturday in Brussels. The mind games have clearly already begun,
Romain Bardet sneakily stole a Strava KOM from Richie Porte last week. I did have a laugh at that tweet – even though
I’m sure it was tongue in cheek, Richie was probably still a little upset to get the
Uh Oh email just before his biggest objective of the year. Many teams have now announced their squads
for the biggest race of the year, and there was a surprise omission when Deceuninck Quickstep
announced theirs, which didn’t include Philippe Gilbert – winner of Paris Roubaix this year
of course. Now, it’s fair to say that their line up
looks formidable anyway, Viviani for the sprints, Mas for the GC and Alaphilippe for just about
everything else, but it was still a surprise to see Gilbert left at home. Apparently he has yet to sign a contract extension,
and rival Belgian team Lotto Soudal are knocking at his door, so that might have played it’s
part. Mitchelton Scott also have a very strong line-up,
which has a surprise inclusion – Simon Yates joins his twin brother Adam. It’s going to be very interesting to see
what role he plays at the race – his Giro didn’t go to plan of course, so is he looking
to make up for that at the Tour? Well, according to Simon, he’s there to
support Adam – that’s quite the domestique deluxe. The 2020 men’s and women’s WorldTour calendars
were released by the UCI last week – in the latter, there will be a total of 22 events
spanning 4 continents, all of which will have live television coverage. One of those events is the Deakin University
Women’s Road race at the start of the year, which received a promotion to the top level
of the sport. Also on that list are Fleche Wallone and Liege
Bastogne Liege – it had been rumoured that ASO would demote those races to a lower category
to that they didn’t have to produce live coverage of the race, but they’ve committed
to showing those races live, which is great news. Meanwhile, the Tour de France is to start
a week early in 2020 so as not to clash with the Olympic Games road race in Tokyo. It will begin on June 27th and conclude on
19th July, 6 days before the men’s road race. It also means that other Worldtour races in
June, such as the Dauphiné and Tour de Suisse, will also move forward by a week. However, the Giro won’t, which means there
are just 26 days between the two biggest Grand Tours next year. Speaking of the Giro, last week RCS Sport
announced details of the 2020 Grande Partenza in Hungary. Stage 1 will be a 9.5km individual time trial
around Budapest, which will be followed by 2 further stages of just under 200km’s,
which look flat enough to guarantee bunch sprints. The race then flies down to Sicily for a short
stage there. Another announcement last week was that Barnabas
Peak has just been signed to Mitchelton Scott, so maybe he’ll be on the start line, as
the only current Hungarian WorldTour rider – that said, it could be tough to make the
team in your first year as a fully fledged pro. Movistar revealed last week that World Champion
Alejandro Valverde has extended his contract through to the end of 2022, although it sounds
as though he will finish competing at the end of 2021, and spend the following year
helping to develop young riders. There was some bad news for the riders and
staff at Team Virtu Cycling, who will cease to exist at the end of this year, leaving
riders such as European Champion Marta Bastianelli searching for a new home. The announcement was made by team owner Bjarne
Riis, who cited lack of sponsorship as the reason for the decision. Let’s hope they can all find themselves
something for next year – at least they’ve found out reasonably early in the season so
they have some time to make arrangements. On to the GBDuro ultra endurance event now
– a self supported 2000km event from Lands End to John O’Groats here in the UK. if
you watched the GCN Show last week you’ll know that team EF Education First’s Lachlan
Morton had been leading the way. The Australian covered the 630kms to the first
checkpoint 7 hours faster than his closest rival, and that really set the precedent for
the rest of the event. He would reach John O’Groats after just
under 112 hours of riding time, describing it as the hardest things he’s ever done
in his life. Unlike other ultra endurance events, the GBDuro
has timed stages, allowing the riders to get some proper rest before they continue on to
the next leg. And finally on this week’s Racing News Show,
Thomas Voeckler has been named as the new French national coach, a role he will take
up at the beginning of 2020, replacing Cyrille Guimard. One legend replacing another. If ever there’s a reason to put cameras
inside team cars, this is it – I’m absolutely sure we’ll get some incredibly facial expressions
from Monsiour Voeckler. Right, that’s all for this week. Stay tuned for our Tour de France preview
show, which will be coming out on the channel this coming Wednesday – where you’ll find
out details of all the key stages and riders taking part, plus of course, our infamous
predictions. Don’t forget that you’ll also be able
to get daily highlights of the Tour de France and Giro Rosa on our Facebook page, but also
here on YouTube, stay tuned for more news on that. OK – I’ve got another video suggestion for
you now, in case you missed it at the weekend. Hank followed James McDonald as he attempted
to break the 24 hour distance world record at the Newport velodrome. Check out how he got on down here……

51 comments on “A Swift Comeback: National Championships Weekend | The Cycling Race News Show

  1. Disapointed that Norway isnt mentioned, Lotto Jumbo rider Amund Jansen Won, and will be wearing the jersey in the Tour!! And the Time trial, a 20-year old talent Andreas Leknessund won! with 1 minute and 20 second ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen!!

  2. Surely the Yates bros will pull off a bait and switch every other mountain stage, allowing one of them (Adam?) to build up a massive lead over his rivals.
    Does anyone here know of a way to tell them apart? Because íf either is performing extremely well, I would keep a close eye on it. Don't like my own thinking here, but cycling has always been a sport of smart tactics and con artists.

  3. The riders and staff at team Virtu Cycling, who will cease to exist at the end of this year. I suppose you mean as riders and staff of team virtu and not as individuals. 😄 In that sense, yes that part of their lives will cease to exist, sad news. Hopefully they can find the opportunity in this crisis.

  4. Bob Jungels should just get it for free, till he retires. No point in racing when you win by a 15 minute margin sometimes.

  5. How about this guy- https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/arto-vainionpaa ? Apparently, he had unFinnished business… #oldmanstrength #50isthenew20

  6. Like the new T shirt – question is whether its a tour themed or new country edition T shirt…. And when can us lot get our sticky mits on them?

  7. Proper rest in the GBDuro between stages?? I don't think so with some riders sleeping in hedges for 2-3 hours at a time! 62kg World Tour Pro Lachlan might of had some rest from time to time. He did ride through the night on stage 1, bear in mind that there's MTB trails and hike a bike sections.

  8. Great reporting!!!! But I think it’s shocking that Valverde would be sooo greedy for Jersey while wearing the worlds jersey that he’d sit on for win……😒!!!!! At least in the Irish nationals Sam Bennett and Eddie Dunbar worked together till Sam out sprinted Eddie at the end!!!! And there was short highlights of Irish Nationals online👎🏻

  9. Sorry, didn't quite catch it in the video… WHAT's the names of the start and finish towns of stage 3 of next year's Giro? 😉

  10. Hello I’ve been thinking about buying a gravel bike to tackle asphalt and gravel better than my MTB. I just got a question, do I have to wear lycra? Is it mandatory or can I wear more loose clothing?

  11. Women's world champion is only 23, raising a 2 y/o child and still isn't making as much as the men? Explain that.

  12. Wrong about Archibald having the fastest sea level IP – Ganna rode two 4:07s at the world champs in Poland earlier this year.

  13. Valverde is definitely exciting to watch, but MY GOD does he have that old school arsehole in him. Imagine doing that to Sanchez. Ooof!

  14. Was at the race watching in Knoxville! My eyelids are sunburn now due to sun BUT none the less a great race! Can’t wait to be there again as they’ll be coming back for two more years.

  15. I can't help but wonder if Riis himself was part of Virtu's downfall. If that is part of the reason of the team not attracting sponsors, than cycling wins. Definitely, disappointing circumstances for the riders and staff though. Stoked for Ruth!

  16. That moment when GCN mention the US National Championship while local and top sport outlets don't 🤣🤣🤣 no wonder the US stink vs other countries

  17. Biggest surprise in the Nationals must be in Finland. Complete outside bet and also 51 year old Arto Vainionpää took home road victory on home course. His son and daughte both were in top 5 in their respective races aswell.

    Even Gazzetta wrote about this.

    https://www.gazzetta.it/Ciclismo/30-06-2019/bici-senza-tempo-nonno-vainionpaa-campione-finlandese-50-anni-figlio-arriva-quarto-340494471088.shtml

  18. There are lots of national champions in team Bora Hansgrohe right now.. The only missing puzzle is World Champion kit..
    Come on Peter, take the kit away from Valverde.. he should be wearing Spanish champion's kit anyway 😀

  19. 8:40 Lotta Lepistö did not participate in Finnish nationals? Congrats to winner Minna-Maria Kangas!

  20. With you guys permission I'd like to mention a good mate of mine Petr Vakoč a Czech rider with Deceuninck Quickstep. Petr finished 3rd in the Czech ITT championships and then 3rd in the road race. We may remember that he had an awful crash last year in South Africa when he was hit from behind by a truck while he was out training. A question back then was would he walk again! He has certainly proved both resilient and focussed and in my opinion as a tough as nails and has got back in to form at the highest level and all this being a couple of kgs heavier from the metal he now carries in his body after his surgeries. Congrats to Petr!

  21. So I was looking to buy a new bike, and I have two options in the used market. Either I get an almost new orbea orca very low price , minimum wear, but has low quality components (shimano claris groupset), or I get a trek domane for the same price, much better components (shimano di2 ultegra groupset), but has a large scuff mark on the frame near the bottom bracket. Based on the position of the scuff, it seems to not have any effects on the safety of the bike, but it is quite discerning cuz it might be hard to see but once u see it u can't unsee it

  22. Looking at the TV highlights of the other countries makes you realise that the British National's coverage was shocking. All we got was choppy patchy Youtube coverage with minimal distance and time gap information. I felt sorry for the commentary team.

  23. Well done Dan…incredibly consistent race news presenter. Arguably the best on YouTube. Marty gets an honourable mention…he's pretty damn good too 🤔

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