Who are the 2022 national champions so far?

Who are the 2022 national champions so far?

It’s the last weekend before the Tour de France, which can mean only one thing: it’s time to find out which riders will swap team jerseys for their nation’s colours for the next twelve months.

They’re not all the easiest races to find and watch live (they’re frankly not always the most exciting races either), but the national championships have a real hold on the cycling world, being the only event besides Worlds and the Olympics for which the winner can enjoy the victory all year round. There’s a certain magic about wearing the colours of your home nation – think Philippe Gilbert winning the 2017 Tour of Flanders in the Belgian tricolour, Evita Muzic’s strikingly simple French champ’s jersey – and while disappointment is forever on the table, it’s always exciting to see what the various teams come up with for their new champions.

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One of the bigger stories of the national championships came at the Dutch men’s time trial, one of the more intriguing events of a week whose interest is usually reserved for the aftermath, i.e. how’s the jersey going to look? After a disappointing few months, punctuated by one moment of relief, Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) was hoping to crown his career with a fifth national title. However, it was Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) who took victory, going 31 seconds faster than the former TT world champion for his first national title on his first try, and, unbelievably, his first professional win on home soil.

Mollema is expected to debut the tricolour on stage 1 of the Tour de France in Copenhagen.

Others who will introduce their fresh kit on day one of the Tour de France include everyone’s favourite Latvian Toms Skujinš (Trek-Segafredo), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) of Germany, Slovenia’s Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Victorious), and a resurgent Bob Jungels (AG2R-Citroën) who reclaimed the Luxembourg title for the eighth time in his career.

There’s also Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) who, after failing to podium last year, took back the Italian national time trial title this week, but will go after his first ever Tour de France stage win in the rainbow jersey of world champion.

Once the men leave the stage and hand over to the long-awaited Tour de France Femmes, Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) will have the rare and glorious honour of wearing the French flag throughout after doubling up on national titles for the first time in her glittering career.

There’s something very special about the Tricolore, wouldn’t you say, Audrey?

Doing the double

Mavi García (UAE Team ADQ) is a Swiss army knife of a rider who excels on all terrain, as is demonstrated by her exploits of this past week in Spain. On Friday, the 38-year-old put almost a minute into her nearest rival Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar) over the 21.6 kilometre TT course, and less than 24 hours later, García rinsed the competition in the road race, winning solo by over three minutes. Her means of victory are characteristically spectacular, and all the more so given that she defended the double title she’s carried for two years already. Best female rider in Spain? No doubt.

García on her way to victory on stage 3 of the Vuelta a Burgos, with now former French national champion Evita Muzic on her wheel.

Of all the teams in competition, Trek-Segafredo has had enormous success across both men’s and women’s pelotons. The first of their riders to double up was Cordon-Ragot, who defended her TT title on Thursday – bringing her TT tally up to six – before winning the two-up sprint to victory over Gladys Verhulst (Le Col-Wahoo) in Saturday’s road race. Cordon-Ragot is a multiple national champion, but remarkably this is the first year she’s won both disciplines in one season. Here begins 12 months of uninterrupted bleu, blanc et rouge.

Someone who is fast earning her place at the top table is the wildly talented young Hungarian Blanka Vas who also doubled up on back-to-back road and TT titles. Although frankly, and more accurately, the 20-year-old has in fact doubled up on triple titles when you include cyclocross. While Vas hasn’t yet had a taste of success on the road outside of Hungary – just like multiple double Israeli champion Omer Shapira (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) – she’s been tapping on the door and has the perfect environment for development at SD Worx.

Meanwhile, in Denmark, the Norsgaard family will be delighted with their offspring Emma and Mathias (both Movistar) who both took the time trial title on Thursday, Emma successfully defending her 2021 victory. A different but no less impressive double victory for the Norsgaards.

Women’s road races

  • Czech Republic: Tereza Neumanova (Liv Racing Xstra)
  • France: Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Hungary: Blanka Vas (SD Worx)
  • Ireland: Alice Sharpe (IBCT)
  • Israel: Omer Shapira (EF Education-Tibco-SVB)
  • Netherlands: Riejanne Markus (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Portugal: Daniela Campos (Bizkaia Durango)
  • Slovakia: Nora Jenčušová (Bepink)
  • Spain: Mavi García (UAE Team ADQ)
  • Sweden: Jenny Rissveds
  • Australia (in January): Nicole Frain
  • New Zealand (in February): Olivia Ray
  • South Africa (in February): Frances Janse van Rensburg

More to come…

Men’s road races

  • Hungary: Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Israel: Itamar Einhorn (Israel-Premier Tech)
  • Netherlands: Pascal Eenkhoorn (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Qazaqstan: Yevgeny Gidich (Astana-Qazaqstan)
  • Australia (in January): Luke Plapp (Ineos Grenadiers)
  • Colombia (in February): Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansrgohe)
  • South Africa (in February): Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Lotto Soudal)

More to come…

The Dutch national champs road race is always one of the most hotly contested, and this year Pascal Eenkhoorn (Jumbo-Visma) soloed to victory on the iconic Vamberg course.

Women’s time trial

  • Austria: Christina Schweinberger (Plantur-Pura)
  • Belgium: Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx)
  • Canada: Paula Findlay
  • Denmark: Emma Norsgaard (Movistar)
  • Eritrea: Danait Fitsum
  • Estonia: Hanna Taaramäe
  • France: Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Germany: Lisa Brennaur (Ceratizit-WNT)
  • Great Britain: Joss Lowden (Uno-X)
  • Hungary: Blanka Vas (SD Worx)
  • Israel: Omer Shapira (EF Education-Tibco-SVB) 
  • Italy: Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Ireland: Kelly Murphy
  • Latvia: Dana Rožlapa
  • Luxembourg: Christine Majerus (SD Worx)
  • Netherlands: Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Norway: Ane Iversen (Coop-Hitec Products)
  • Portugal: Daniela Campos (Bizkaia Durango)
  • Slovakia: Nora Jenčušová (Bepink)
  • Slovenia: Urška Žigart (BikeExxchange-Jayco)
  • Spain: Mavi García (UAE Team ADQ)
  • Sweden: Nathalie Eklund (Massi-Tactic)
  • Switzerland: Elena Hartmann 
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Teniel Campbell (BikeExchange-Jayco)
  • USA: Leah Thomas (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Australia (in January): Grace Brown (FDJ-Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)
  • New Zealand (in February): Georgia Williams (BikeExchange-Jayco)
  • South Africa (in February): Carla Oberholzer

Men’s time trial

  • Austria: Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  • Belgium: Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl)
  • Canada: Derek Gee (Israel Cycling Academy)
  • Czech Republic: Jan Bárta (Elkov Kasper)
  • Denmark: Mathias Norsgaard (Movistar)
  • Eritrea: Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux)
  • Estonia: Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux)
  • France: Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Germany: Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  • Great Britain: Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers)
  • Hungary: Erik Fetter (Eolo-Kometa)
  • Italy: Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers)
  • Ireland: Ben Healy (EF Education-EasyPost)
  • Israel: Omer Goldstein (Israel-Premier Tech)
  • Latvia: Toms Skujinš (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Luxembourg: Bob Jungels (AG2R-Citroën)
  • Netherlands: Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)
  • Norway: Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Poland: Maciej Bodnar (TotalEnergies)
  • Portugal: Rafael Reis (Glassdrive Q8 Anicolor)
  • Slovakia: Ján Cully
  • Slovenia: Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious)
  • Spain: Raúl García (Kern Pharma)
  • Sweden: Jacob Ahlsson
  • Switzerland: Joel Suter (UAE Team Emirates)
  • USA: Lawson Craddock (BikeExchange-Jayco)
  • Australia (in January): Rohan Dennis (Jumbo-Visma)
  • Colombia (in February): Daniel Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers)
  • Ecuador (in February): Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers)
  • New Zealand (in February): Regan Gough (Bolton Equities Black Spoke)
  • South Africa (in February): Byron Munton
New Belgian time trial champ Remco Evenepoel is congratulated by Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl teammate Yves Lampaert and Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal), both two-time former Belgian champions.

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