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Marquardt Wins Four National Titles at U.S Track National Championships

Team Novo Nordisk’s Mandy Marquardt won four national titles, in the Sprint, Keirin, 500m Time Trial and Team Time Trial, at the 2021 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships from July 15-18, 2021. Marquardt, now a 22-time U.S. National Champion, also set two new track records in the 500m Time Trial and Team Sprint.

Marquardt set the fastest time in all her qualification rounds and won all her heats in the four events she competed in at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Penn.

“Competing in four Sprint events (500m Time Trial, Sprint, Keirin and Team Sprint) over four long days was an absolute blast, but I definitely need to catch up on some sleep now before 3 weeks of exciting UCI racing coming up. It’s great to be back out there competing, defending my U.S. National Sprint titles and showing the world what’s possible with diabetes. Grateful for the support from Team Novo Nordisk and my sponsors for being there every step of the way. It truly takes a village!” said Marquardt.

In the Elite Women 500m Time Trial final, Marquardt set a new track record as she sprinted her way into a Stars and Stripes jersey. Her time of 35.082 bested the previous record held by Canadian Olympia Lauriane Genest by 10 hundreds of a second.

“I wasn’t expecting the track record since I maxed out in the gym earlier that week and I am currently in a heavy training block, but it feels really good to accomplish that result,” said Marquardt who had just watched her fiancé James Alvord (Edge Cycling) win the Elite Men 1000m Time Trial. “To see Jamie win his first individual national title, along with winning the Sprints and Team Sprint was incredibly inspiring. I couldn’t help but tear up and it was always right before my races. So many emotions! Jamie has worked so hard and he earned it.”

Marquardt has won the gold in the 500m Time Trial for the last five years, starting in 2016. (The 2020 U.S. Track Nationals were canceled due to the pandemic.)

Marquardt then successfully defended her title in the Elite Women’s Keirin on Friday, July 16.

“That one hurt,” said Marquardt following her winning ride. “I knew what I wanted to execute while being safe, aggressive and trying to ride tactically to my strengths.”

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Matteo Sobrero time trials to stunning win at Italian National Championships – Astana

Matteo Sobrero time trials to stunning win at Italian National Championships

Matteo Sobrero is the new Italian Individual Time Trial Champion after an incredible race against the clock to claim the first professional win of his career.

The 24-year-old produced a blistering time trial on the 45.7-kilometre course to win by an impressive margin of 25 seconds over Edoardo Affini and 41 seconds to Mattia Cattaneo.

“I have huge emotions right now as this is a very big victory for me. To win the maglia tricolore is a dream for all Italian riders and now I achieved this goal! That’s something special for me and I am super happy! Well, I came here really motivated after my performance on the last day of the Giro and after the recent Tour of Slovenia and I wanted to show my best in this race. Perhaps, hot weather played on my side today as I felt really good in these weather conditions and was able to push to the maximum. It’s an incredible day and an incredible win for me”, – said Matteo Sobrero.

At the second intermediate time check, Sobrero had a narrow margin of one second over World ITT Champion Filippo Gonna, five seconds to Affini, and 12 seconds to Cattaneo. The second half of the race was where Sobrero made the difference with the new Italian champion storming home to take the coveted Tricolore skinsuit against a field of some of the best time trialists in the peloton. 

Sobrero had marked himself as one of the pre-race favorites after a strong time trial on the final day of the Giro d’Italia, where he was the fourth fastest behind Gonna. The win in Italy continues Astana – Premier Tech’s dominance in the ITT national championships with Sobrero joining teammates Aleksandr Vlasov and Ion Izagirre following their victories in Russia and Spain respectively.

Another Astana – Premier Tech rider Fabio Felline finished fifth today.

Italian National Championships, individual time trial, 45.7 km. Faenza.

Top-3: 1. Matteo Sobrero; 2. Edoardo Affini (Team Jumbo-Visma); 3. Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck – Quick Step).

Photo credit: federciclismo.it

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com

Bob Jungels out of the Tour de France and Luxembourg Championships

Bob Jungels will not participate in the Tour de France (June 26 – July 18) nor in the Luxembourg Championships where he was to take part in the time trial (Friday) and the road race (Sunday). In fact, he has been suffering for several weeks from muscular pains in his lower limbs which have prevented him from regaining his physical level of the past seasons. “The first tests showed that it could be a vascular abnormality called arterial endofibrosis affecting the iliac artery. The decision to have surgery should be taken in the coming days,” explained Eric Bouvat, medical director of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.

Vincent Lavenu

“I am sorry and sad for Bob who is a champion whose normal level we know well, in addition to his sporting and human qualities. We were looking forward to hitting the roads of the Tour de France with him. He has been experiencing physical difficulties since the start of the season and now we know how to fix it. I am convinced that once rid of these worries, he will perform well with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM”Vincent

Bob Jungels : « Une immense déception »

«It is a huge disappointment to have to give up the Tour de France which would have been my first time there with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM, as well as my national championships and the Olympic Games. I had a difficult start to the season physically but also mentally because I was keen to shine, but I was never at the level I wanted to be. At the Tour de Suisse, I was very happy with my 18th place in the time trial on the first stage. Then the pain that I had felt for several years when I was pushing hard came back steadily. Medical examinations confirmed the diagnosis I was anticipating. On the one hand, I am relieved because I now know why my performances have been irregular for three seasons, on the other hand it is a huge disappointment. I thank the staff and the riders of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM for their support. I will be their number 1 fan on the roads of the Tour de France… while waiting to find my place in the peloton again as quickly as possible.»Bob

The number

8

The final list of the eight riders selected for the Tour de France will be unveiled on Monday morning. No communication will be made regarding this subject on Sunday after the various national championships.

— Kevin Bottin to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com

French National Championships in Epinal (June 17-20)

Vincent Lavenu : « The race everyone dreams of winning »

«The French Championship is always an important moment in the season. It is first of all the cycling festival with all the teams gathered at the start. The “French Nationals” is the gateway to summer and the Tour which begins just six days later. The tricolor jersey is everyone’s dream, from cadets to professionals. And of course that will be our goal again this year. We arrive in Epinal with humility but with great desire. The Vosges circuit is expected to be difficult and we can have legitimate ambitions. Benoît Cosnefroy showed that he has regained a very good level after his knee problems, Aurélien Paret-Peintre was among the best riders at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Guys like Tony Gallopin and Nans Peters have proven that they are not very far from taking more victories. Geoffrey Bouchard came out of the Giro d’Italia in very good form. We have no shortage of options, and we are all looking forward to the start. »Vincent

The number

13

Thirteen riders from our team will be at the start of the French Championship in Epinal: Lilian Calmejane,Clément Champoussin, Benoît Cosnefroy, Julien Duval, Tony Gallopin, Dorian Godon, Alexis Gougeard, (TT June 17), Aurélien Paret-Peintre (TT June 17), Nans Peters, Nicolas Prodhomme, Marc Sarreau, Damien Touze.

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The other national championships

For the first time in our history, we will line up 5 riders at the start of a non-French championship. In Belgium, Stan Dewulf, Lawrence and Oliver Naesen, Greg Van Avermaet and Gijs Van Hoecke will start the road race on Sunday, June 20 in Waregem. In Switzerland, Michaël Schär and Mathias Frank, whose last race will be the Swiss road race on June 20 in Knutwil. In Luxembourg, Bob Jungels will defend his time trial title on June 18 in Harlange before lining up at the start of the road race two days later. In Italy, Andrea Vendrame will start the road race on June 20, which will take place on the Imola circuit.

— Kevin Bottin to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com