Familiar faces shine in road nationals

André Greipel, taking a third career German championship win, headlines a long list of past champs reclaiming national titles this weekend

It’s been a big weekend for former national champions, as several familiar names have reclaimed titles in road nationals across Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Lotto – Soudal’s André Greipel, taking a third career German championship win, headlines a long list of past national champions finding themselves atop the podium again this weekend. The list also includes: BMC’s Philippe Gilbert in Belgium, Movistar’s José Joaquín Rojas in Spain, FDJ’s Arthur Vichot in France, Sky’s Nicolas Roche in Ireland, Etixx – Quick-Step’s Bob Jungels in Luxembourg, Dimension Data’s Daniel Teklehaimanot in Eritrea and Edvald Boasson Hagen in Norway, and Cannondale’s Ramunas Navardauskas in Lithuania.

A few fresh faces have won national titles as well, with perhaps none more surprising than the new Slovakian national champion, Juraj Sagan. Though much his career has been spent riding in the shadow of his rainbow-jersey-wearing brother Peter, Juraj claimed his first ever Slovakian road championship Sunday. His Czech Tinkoff teammate Roman Kreuziger nabbed a maiden national title as well in the same event — the Czech Republic and Slovakia hold a joint national championship road race.

Tinkoff also brought home the British champion’s jersey, with Adam Blythe managing to outsprint Dimension Data’s Mark Cavendish to take the win, and the Polish title, with Rafal Majka besting Marek Rutkiewicz at the line.

Other championships

Austria: Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling)
Canada: Bruno Langlois (5-Hour Energy)
Denmark: Alexander Kamp (Stölting Service Group)
Italy: Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo)
Japan: Sho Hatsuyama (Bridgestone – Anchor)
Netherlands: Dylan Groenwegen (LottoNL – Jumbo)
Portugal: José Mendes (Bora – Argon18)
Russia: Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha)
South Africa: Jacob Venter (Dimension Data)
Switzerland: Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM Cycling)
Sweden: Richard Larsen (Tre Berg – Bianchi)