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German surprise as Euro’s decide national titles

First-year senior Gerald Ciolek ended T-Mobiles long running dominanceof the German national road championships on Sunday, beating such Germansprinting stalwarts like Gerolsteiner's Robert Forster and especially T-Mobile's Erik Zabel in the final charge to the line at the end of a 204-kilometer road race in Manheim. The German event comes on the same day as all European national championship races.With 75 meters to go, it appeared that Zabel had the national titlein the bag. But suddenly Ciolek, who has still contested junior events thisseason, charged out of the field to catch and

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Youngster upsets the biggies in Manheim

By VeloNews interactive

Photo: Akud Arnolds Sicherheit – Team Photo

First-year senior Gerald Ciolek ended T-Mobiles long running dominanceof the German national road championships on Sunday, beating such Germansprinting stalwarts like Gerolsteiner’s Robert Forster and especially T-Mobile’s Erik Zabel in the final charge to the line at the end of a 204-kilometer road race in Manheim.

The German event comes on the same day as all European national championship races.With 75 meters to go, it appeared that Zabel had the national titlein the bag. But suddenly Ciolek, who has still contested junior events thisseason, charged out of the field to catch and pass the six-time Tour de France points jersey winner, with Förster stuck firmly on the 18-year-old’s rear wheel. Ciolek has been looking for a ProTour team contract and Sunday’s victory should help him in his job hunt.The T-Mobile team – which has held on to the German national road title since 1993 – had 14 riders in the event and controlled the race from the start, with Zabel as the team’s designated captain. Only one escape succeeded in building more than a minute on the field, and that didn’t last long as the T-Mobiles locked down the field, keeping close tabs on the front. Zabel was hoping to secure a German national title after being left off of T-Mobile’s Tour de France team for the first time in 12 years. T-Mobile’s Jan Ullrich skipped the race Sunday, after having competed in the Tour of Switzerland and focusing his last-minute preparation on the Tour, which starts next Saturday.

Results
1. Gerald Ciolek, Akud Arnolds Sicherheit
2. Robert Förster Gerolsteiner
3. Erik Zabel T-Mobile
4. Sebastian Siedler
5. Lars Teutenberg
6. Stefan Heiny
7. Rene Weissinger
8. Mathias Belka
9. Jan Pokrandt
10. Marcel Sieberg, all s.t.
Ivanov in Russia
Moscow – TMobile’s Sergei Ivanov managed to maintain some of his team’s pride as he earned the Russian national road title in Moscow, soloing to victory on a 176.9km course, outside of Moscow.Results
1. Sergei Ivanov (T-Mobile), 176.9 km in 4:30:10.
2. Vladimir Gusev, at 2:44.
3. Andrei Ptchelkin, at 3:08.
4. Edouard Varganov, at 3:23.
5. Vladimir Efimkine s.t.
 Phonak rules in Switzerland
Phonak’s Martin Elmiger won the Swiss national title at the end of a 203km race in Cham-Hagendorn, finishing ahead of teammate Alexandre Moos and Gerolsteiner’s Marcel Strauss.

Moos was aggressive throughout the event and many thought that the championship was his to win, but in the final meters, it was teammate Elmiger who timed his charge to the line perfectly and earned his second Swiss national title.

“It was a very hard race”, Elmiger said.

Phonak controlled the race for most of the day, with 33-year-old Moos (Swiss champion in 2002) and Elmiger sharing team leadership duties.

Fédrigo wins in France
Boulogne-sur-Mer – Results of the national road championshipsof France, contested in Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais).
Results
1. Pierrick Fédrigo (Bouygues) 232.4km in 5:48:59 (39.956kph)
2. Laurent Brochard, at 1:38
3. Nicolas Jalabert, s.t.
4. John Gadret, at 2:46
5. Sébastien Joly, at 3:07
6. Sandy Casar, at 3:27
7. Christophe Moreau, at 6:58
8. Christophe Mengin, s.t.
9. Sylvain Calzati, at 7:00
10. Sylvain Chavanel, at 7:21
11. Thomas Voeckler, at 7:31
12. Jérome Pineau, s.t.
13. Anthony Geslin, s.t.
14. Patrice Halgand, at 11:29
15. Mickael Buffaz, at 16:19
16. Sébastien Hinault, s.t.
17. Stéphane Petilleau, s.t.
18. Ludovic Martin, at 16:22
19. Walter Bénéteau, at 16:27
20. Hubert Dupont, s.t.Baguet for Belgium
Saint Hubert – Serge Baguet – exactly twice the age of Germany’snewly crowned national champion – won Belgium’s national jersey on Sunday,   Results
1. Serge Baguet (Davitamon), 232.2 km in 6:00:11  (38.680 kph)
2. Kevin Van Impe s.t.
3. Nico Sijmens, at 0:06
4. Stijn Devolder, at 0:14
5. Nick Nuyens, at 0:43
6. Bjorn Leukemans, s.t.
7. Christophe Brandt, at 0:45.
 8. Steven Caethoven, at 1:50.
9. Johan Coenen, s.t.
10. Wim Vanhuffel, s.t.Van Bon wins in Holland
Rotterdam  – Davitamon’s Leon Van Bon won a hotly contestedfinishing sprint to take the Netherlands’ national title at the end ofa 216km race in Rotterdam. 1. Leon Van Bon (Davitamon), 216km in 4:44:08 (45.612 kph)
 2. Steven De Jongh, at 0:01
 3. Max Van Heeswijk s.t.
 4. Rudie Kemna s.t.
 5. Hans Dekkers s.t.
 6. Stefan Van Dijk s.t.
 7. Aart Vierhouten s.t.
 8. Bert Hiemstra s.t.
 9. Bram Tankink s.t.
 10. Jan Koerts s.t.Vino in Kazakhstan
Alexander Vinokourov (T-Mobile) showed he’s on form for the Tour deFrance, soloed to voctory at the end of 144km race to win Kazakhstan’snational road race championship on Saturday.Results
1. Alexander Vinokourov (T-Mobile)
2. Andrey Mizourov (CAPEC Kazakhstan)
3. Andrey Kashechkin (Credit-Agricole)
4. Dmitryi Muravyev (Credit-Agricole)
5. Dmitryi Fofonov (Cofidis)Garate tops in Spain
Saunier Duval’s Juan Manuel Garate won Spain’s 231.3km national roadrace ahead of Franciso Mancebo and Jordi Berenguer.
 
Results
1. Juan Manuel Garate (Saunier Duval) 5:55:27
2. Francisco Mancebo s.t.
3. Jordi Berenguer at 0:18
4. Koldo Gil s.t.
5. Sergio Dominguez s.t.
6. Adolfo Garcia, at 0:31
7. Joaquin Rodriguez s.t.
8. Alejandro Valverde, at 0:37
9. Angel Edo s.t.
10. Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero s.t.
 
O’Loughlin again in Ireland
Navigators Insurance rider David O’Loughlin repeated as Irish nationalroad race champion in Belfast on Sunday.  O’Loughlin took the winin a 163km race that he
covered in 4:08.11.According to a team release, thes back-to-back victory for O’Loughlin”guarantees that his wardrobe remains the same for the rest of the yearand his specially painted Colnago C50 will continue to bring him good luck.”
 
Gasparotto wins in Italy
Pescara – Liquigas’s Enrico Gasparotto won the national road titleof Italy winning a field sprint at the end of a 260-kilometer road raceon a circuit near Pescara. The 23-year-old emerged at the front of thefield, edging Filippo Pozzato for the win.Andrade wins in Portugal 
Santa Maria da Feira – Joaquim Andrade (Riberalves) won the nationalroad title in Portugal on Sunday, beating Cesar Quiterio and Claudio Faraat the end of a 189km race in Santa Maria da Feira.
 
Results
1. Joaquim Andrade, Riberalves, 189km in 4:55:26 (38.38kph)
2. Cesar Quiterio, at 0:05
3. Claudio Faria, s.t.
 
Czech Republic
 1. Jan Svorada (ZVVZ) 209.6km in 5:28:42.
 2. Tomas Buchacek, at 0:02.
 3. Stanislav Kozubek, at 0:02
 4. Pavel Zerzan, at 0:02
 5. Kamil Vrana, at 0:08Slovakia
 1. Martin Prazdnovsky (ZP Podbrezova) 209.6 km in 5:29:00.
 2. Ondrej Slobodnik s.t.
 3. Roman Bronis, at 9:34.
 Hungary
Road race (184 km)
1. Laszlo Garamszegi 4:35:37.
2. Gabor Arany 4:36:31.
3. Barnabas Vizner 4:36:31.Time Trial (39 km)
1. Csaba Szekeres 52:27.
2. Bence Szuromi 54:00.
3. Peter Kusztor 54:20.