Race report

National Championships – Results and reaction

National Championships

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Friday 21st August

France – Women’s TT:

Best result: Juliette Labous – 1st.

Click here to read the full race report and reaction from Juliette after her stunning TT win.

Netherlands – U23 RR:

Best result: Nils Sinschek – 5th.

“Lap-by-lap I made my way closer to the front and by the time I got there, there were already some guys up the road so I attacked and managed to bridge across to that gap,” explained Sinschek. “I had some stomach issues and looked for some water but it was hard to take the feed on the course and that definitely affected my performance. I knew that there were some faster guys in the group, so I tried to attack and get clear but they immediately closed me down so it was tough to breakaway from the group. In the end I tried my best but it was only a fifth place. It was nice to race again but of course I wanted to be a bit higher up the rankings, but it was a decent result.”

Saturday 22nd August 

France – Women’s RR:

Best result: Juliette Labous – 22nd.

Netherlands – Women’s RR:

Best result: Lorena Wiebes – 17th.

Sunday 23rd August

Denmark – Women’s RR:

Best result: Pernille Mathiesen – 6th.

Denmark – Men’s RR:

Best result: Asbjørn Kragh Andersen – 5th.

Kragh Andersen said: “It was a super fast, hard and wet race. It was a tough battle today against the Trek and Quick-Step guys, but I gave it a try. I’m also happy about my own performance and how I rode the race today.”

Germany – Men’s RR: 

Best result: Marius Mayrhofer – 5th.

Mayrhofer said: “It was a strange race today and it didn’t go how we expected it to. We worked really well as a team throughout the day and the guys did well to cover the attacks. The finale suited me well and I’m happy to finish in fifth place.”

Italy – Men’s RR:

Best result: Alberto Dainese – 14th.

Netherlands – Men’s RR:

Best result: Nils Eekhoff – 2nd.

Eekhoff said: “It was a really tough day out. Straight from the start the race was on with a lot of different attacks. I got a mechanical issue in the second lap so had to change bike. Once back in the front I knew I had to be in the race because this was the best chance for success so I rode very offensively. I got surprised by the attack of Van Der Poel and the gap was already too big to bridge it. I got in between with Eenkhoorn but after a small acceleration on the cobble climb I managed to go alone and from there it was a TT to the finish. I was completely exhausted at the finish but I’m satisfied with the legs and the way I rode the whole day.”

Thursday 1st October

Ireland – Men’s TT:

Result: Nicholas Roche – 2nd.

Roche said: “I had a mechanical around ten minutes before the start which caused a bit of a panic and I had to ride with my training wheels and not my disc wheel. I’m pretty gutted about it to be honest as it most likely cost me the win. It is what is though and there is no point complaining about it. I’ll focus now on the weekend for the road race and hopefully I’ll have a bit more luck on my side then.”

Saturday 3rd October

Ireland – Men’s RR:

Result: Nicholas Roche – 2nd.

Roche said: “It was a great ride from Ben Healy. I was really marked today and he was smart to make the most of it in the early stages of the race to get a gap and rode brilliantly to the finish; fair play to him. I had to get rid of the rest of the bunch in the race and eventually managed to ride alone and finish second. Once again I have mixed feelings about today. I came here with high expectations of winning both and I’m coming back with two second places but I’ll refocus and come back again.”