Your guide to the 2021 national champions

Your guide to the 2021 national champions


Once a year, usually in June, countries all over Europe – along with some other random nations – hold their national road championships. WorldTour racers return home, some for the first time in months, to race like they are juniors again: out of their parents’ van with nary a support car in sight.

Any kind of normal race tactic is forgotten as large home-town teams gang up on single riders with no teammate to help. Tears are shed. Words are spoken.

To keep track of who will be swapping out their standard trade team colours to wear their flag for a year, we thought we’d round up the biggest elite men’s and women’s national championships that happened over the past week. Follow the links below to learn more about the various results.

Women’s road races

USA: Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) | Final kilometres video
Netherlands: Amy Pieters (SD Worx) | Race report
Italy: Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) | Instagram post
Belgium: Lotte Kopecky (Liv) | Press release
Denmark: Amalie Dideriksen (Trek-Segafredo) | Instagram post
Luxembourg: Christine Majerus (SD Worx) | Photos
France: Évita Muzic (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) | Instagram post
Spain: Mavi García (Alé BTC Ljubljana) | Highlights video
Hungary: Kata Blanka Vas (SD Worx) | Photos
Switzerland: Marlen Reusser (Alé BTC Ljubljana)
Germany: Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT)
Slovenia: Eugenia Bujak (Alé BTC Ljubljana)
Serbia: Jelena Erić (Movistar)
Russia: Tamara Balabolina-Dronova (Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling)
Latvia: Lina Svarinska (Servetto-Makhymo-Beltrami TSA)

Lotte Kopecky winning her second straight Belgian road title over the weekend.

Men’s road races

USA: Joey Rosskopf (Rally) | Final kilometres video
Belgium: Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) | Race report
France: Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) | Photos
Netherlands: Timo Roosen (Jumbo-Visma) | Highlights video
Italy: Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) | Photos
Slovakia: Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) | Highlights video
Slovenia: Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) | Highlights video
Germany: Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) | Press release
Austria: Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) | Press release
Switzerland: Silvan Dillier (Alpecin-Fenix)
Luxembourg: Kevin Geniets (Groupama-FDJ)
Spain: Omar Fraile (Astana-Premier Tech)
Norway: Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma)
Latvia: Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo)
Denmark: Mads Würtz Schmidt (Israel Start-Up Nation)
Poland: Maciej Paterski (Voster ATS)
Russia: Artem Nych (Gazprom-RusVelo)
Portugal: José Carlos Prates Neves (W52-FC Porto)

Max Schachmann winning his second German road title.

Women’s ITTs

Netherlands: Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) | Instagram post
USA: Chloe Dygert (Canyon-SRAM) | Race report
Italy: Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) | Instagram post
Denmark: Emma Norsgaard (Movistar) | Team tweet
Belgium: Lotte Kopecky (Liv) | Team tweet
France: Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) | Instagram post
Germany: Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit-WNT) | Race report
Hungary: Kata Blanka Vas (SD Worx) | Photos
Norway: Katrine Aalerud (Movistar)
Spain: Mavi García (Alé BTC Ljubljana)
Poland: Karolina Karasiewicz
Czech Republic: Nikola Noskovásd (SD Worx)
Luxembourg: Christine Majerus (SD Worx)
Slovakia: Nora Jencusová (Bepink)
Slovenia: Eugenia Bujak (Alé BTC Ljubljana)
Switzerland: Marlen Reusser (Alé BTC Ljubljana)
Latvia: Dana Rozlapa

Lisa Brennauer en route to her fourth German ITT title. She took her fourth road race title later in the week too (her third in a row).

Men’s ITTs

Netherlands: Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) | Race report
Belgium: Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) | Instagram video
Germany: Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) | Race report
Latvia: Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) | Press release
USA: Lawson Craddock (EF Education First-Nippo) | Press release
Denmark: Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) | Instagram post
Portugal: João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) | Instagram post
Switzerland: Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ) | Instagram post
Russia: Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech)
Italy: Matteo Sobrero (Astana-Premier Tech)
France: Benjamin Thomas (Groupama-FDJ)
Spain: Ion Izagirre (Astana-Premier Tech)
Norway: Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma)
Slovenia: Jan Tratnik (Bahrain Victorious)
Estonia: Rein Taaramae (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux)
Austria: Mathias Brändle (Israel Start-Up Nation)
Czech Republic: Josef Černý (Deceuninck-QuickStep)
Poland: Maciej Bodnar (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Matteo Sobrero won the Italian men’s ITT, ahead of Edoardo Affini (left) and Mattia Cattaneo (right). World champion Filippo Ganna finished fourth.





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