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2015 National Championships

Jerome Coppell is the ITT champ of France.

Alex Dowsett British champ.
Nolte

Wait for it, ryan mullen irish national champion and this time he gets the champions jersey (last year, as an under 23 he couldn't be elite champion despite winning it. Rules changed to allow it now)

adriano malori - italy

wilco kelderman took the dutcy
Boogerd_Fan

Sagan took the Slovak time trial championship this morning, at a canter...38kmph over undulating course in Zilina.

Second place (Kovac of third tier pro-conti team Dukla Trencin) was only 4 minutes behind Very Happy

Sagan taking full opportunity of Peter Velits knee surgery to grab the TT title. Fully expect him to complete the double at the weekend in the road race championships too.

Note: Czech & Slovak championships are held together... Jan Barta was CZ TT champion... but shockingly he only won the combined event by 5s from Sagan.
Nolte

Nibali retains italian title ahead of ras disqualifee reda, ulissi, zillliolluollulilololoiuloiuloul and rebellin
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot, current world champion just won her second Road championship in a row.  She did lose her ITT championship and only finished third.  Watching the road race, I noticed her subtle techniques, she just rode away from the rest, taking two with her.  Then she rode away from them.  She is incredible.
Bartali

Nibali Smile Smile Smile
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Watched the French championship.  Quite a good race mostly. Unlike the Brits there were massive groups of same team guys, plus a few loners, like Barguil, Gallopin, and the eventual winner.  Bouhanni, having followed all the attacks, or his teammates anyway, arriving with a medium group on quite a hilly course, got his wheel taken away by Antony Roux of FDJ, who finished second and got disqualified.  Bouhanni seems in pretty good shape, given the fall.   The winner was a known fast guy on a second or third division team, Auber 93, called Steven Tronet.  Not at all a lucky rider, except that he just waited behind everyone until the end.  Kind of disappointing in some way, as the jersey will never see the World Tour or the Tour de France.  But wonderful in other ways, little guy sneaks up on giants and wins.  Take your pick.  Gallopin second, a long way back.  Looks like Bardet, Bouhanni, Barguil, Gallopin are all in good shape for the Tour.
Nolte

Interesting reading, ff.

The irish championships went to a fireman from mullingar ahead of eddie dunbar and giant dunne.
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And Cav rides up the last steep hill just behind Peter Kennaugh, who wins in the  UK.  Yes, apparently, without teammates, on his own more or less, Cav turns out to be able to climb better than anyone but Kennaugh.  Apparently a pretty good race as well.  If I am correct that is first and second for the Isle of Man, a pretty impressive result really.

Certainly confirms one of the new stars of the British scene, Owain Doull, 22, who won the under 23 title, finishing seventh in the big boys race.  I have to admit that I am delighted that it looks like the Brits are going to be a cycling power for some years to come.  It was kind of dull internationally for many decades.
Slapshot 3

It was an outstanding race, fair play to Cav, he rode that one really well.
Nolte

Peter sagan wins the czechslovakian championship, 14 seconds ahead of petr vakoc, who for his efforts will get the czech champions jersey
HuwB

Busy day.
Watched the UK men's and women's.
Thought it would be a non event after half an hour, but boy was I wrong.
Saw the final 50 kms  of the men in France.
Poor Bouhanni, has his front wheel wiped out.
Now out of the TDF, it seems, with broken ribs.
Managed then to catch the last 25 kms of the Belgian champs.
Both titles ending up in the hands of unfancied riders.
Boogerd_Fan

disgusting day for it... rained solidly for the entire race..

war of attrition with a diminished peloton of Czech/Slovak World Tour and Pro-Conti riders plus a few stragglers from the amater scene who can race there because of SK license.

Sagan and Vakoc went away with 2 laps of 10 to go, Sagan distancing Vakoc on the final lap.

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