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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

Both Spanish U23 national champions to turn pro with Equipo Kern Pharma – Equipo Kern Pharma

Equipo Kern Pharma, the world’s youngest UCI ProTeam, has begun its recruitment for the 2022 season by securing the signing of two of Spain’s top cycling talents, Igor Arrieta and Iván Cobo. Both have been developed on the pharmaceutical team’s feeder squad, Equipo Lizarte, and were recently crowned as national U23 champions: Arrieta in the time trial, and Cobo in the road race.

These signings are pure joy for us,” praises Equipo Kern Pharma’s and Equipo Lizarte’s president, Manolo Azcona. “We are keeping by our side two top quality cyclists developed in-house. They are both bound to become excellent pro riders. They have a special prowess for cycling and will enjoy long careers.

It is too soon to tell what kind of riders they will become,” says Equipo Kern Pharma’s and Equipo Lizarte’s Team Manager and Sports Director, Juanjo Oroz. “They are not turning pro because they won the Spanish National Championships, but because they have developed consistently over the last few years. They have been amongst the top riders on every category, and we are confident they will become such in the pro ranks.

— EquipoLizarte to equipokernpharma.com

New Finnish champion Henttala to debut national jersey at Sibiu Tour

Newly crowned champion of Finland Joonas Henttala is proudly set to give the first outing to his new jersey for Team Novo Nordisk at the upcoming Sibiu Cycling Tour in Romania.

The world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team line up for their first appearance at what will be the 10th edition of the four-day stage race that runs entirely in and around the historic city and the surrounding hills.

“It’s really exciting for us to be racing at the Sibiu Tour for the first time,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “We love going to new places and spreading our message to help change diabetes and inspire, educate and empower everyone affected around the world, so to be able to do that for that the first time in Romania is really special.”

“Joonas is the first of our riders to win a national championship while racing for Team Novo Nordisk and the Sibiu Tour will be his first race in his new Finnish champions jersey, so we will be making history at the weekend in more ways the one!”

On the subject of national champions, former Hungarian road champion Peter Kusztor lines up on the back of last weekend’s GP Citta di Lugano alongside Spanish climber David Lozano and Italian sprinter Andrea Peron.

“I am looking forward to taking part in this race for the first time,” began Peron. “I’ve heard quite a bit about it from Peter who did well here some years ago and he said that it’s a beautiful race with some really hard and diverse terrain.”

“After crashing quite hard in Estonia, I had a period of recuperation and training at home in Padova before GP Lugano last Sunday. Lugano was tough, but the idea was to test my knee and see if it held up and whether there were any lingering problems. There wasn’t, which is great and apart from missing a little top-end race rhythm I feel ready to go.”

Young Australian Declan Irvine has enjoyed some excellent performances in staring of recent races and completes the line up with 24-year-old Veronese Umberto Poli.

The Sibiu Cycling Tour kicks off with a short downtown prologue run over the ancient city center cobbles before heading out into the hilly surrounding countryside for three long road stages and a challenging summit finish at Paltinis coming early on stage two.

Team Novo Nordisk at the Sibiu Cycling Tour, 3rd – 6th July:

Joonas Henttala (FIN, 29)

Declan Irvine (AUS, 22)

Peter Kusztor (HUN, 36)

David Lozano (ESP, 32)

Andrea Peron (IT, 32)

Umberto Poli (IT, 24)

Stages:

Saturday 3rd July, Stage 1 – Prologue: Sibiu, 2.5km

Sunday 4th July, Stage 2: Sibiu – Paltinis, 177.9km

Monday 5th July, Stage 3: Sibiu – Balea Lac, 187.5km

Tuesday 6th July, Stage 4: Sibiu – Sibiu, 205.3km

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Team reactions to Hentalla’s national title

Phil Southerland – CEO and co-founder, Team Novo Nordisk

I woke up on Sunday morning to the news of Joonas’ victory at the National Championships in Finland. This was the most amazing news I could have hoped to wake up to.

First, and foremost I am so happy and proud of Joonas for this victory. Joonas has been an invaluable member of TNN from day one and we have watched how he has matured immensely over the years.  

This victory is more than just a victory, it is a national championship and it is an affirming inspiration to all of us with a dream.  

Each year, Joonas has had the goal of getting that Finnish champions jersey on his back and when it didn’t happen he always reset the mark for next year. The same objective with renewed determination.

To see him succeed at his ninth attempt is confirmation that hard work, dedication, and never giving up on your dream, can in fact make that dream come true.

At TNN, we set ourselves the goal of winning this year. We desperately wanted to honor the life saving pioneers, Sir Frederick G Banting, Charles H Best and JJR Macleod at the University of Toronto, who 100 years ago invented insulin. Giving life and hope to all of us affected by diabetes.

We need to honor all those who have lost their lives and who have suffered from diabetes.  And we needed to make a statement on what the new age of diabetes is and what the future can be. Joonas Henttala winning the Finnish National Championship could not have been a more fitting way of doing that. 

In the last 100 years, we have been fighting to live, to thrive, and now finally to win. I believe this victory will be symbolic of the next 100 years of life for people with diabetes, a life of leadership.

This will be a great morale boost to the entire team and will give us all the confidence we need to tackle the second half of the season carrying our message to inspire, educate, and empower with our heads held high and our shoulders back. 


Logan Phippen: “I was thinking about Joonas today on my ride and remembering he had come really close to his title last year or the year before. To have my phone blown up with messages about his win after the ride was really amazing! I was so stoked! I am so happy for him, over the moon and stoked that his result and new title came through this year.”

Sam Munday: “I actually completely forgot that Joonas was racing Nationals today, so when I heard the news that he had won, I was absolutely stoked! I’m so happy for him as I know the disappointment he had last year coming so close to the win. So today was redemption and It feels like a big win for all of us and the entire diabetes community! It’s a day to remember and one that I’m sure has fired everyone up with even more determination to keep the victories coming”

Hamish Beadle: When the message came through on the group chat about Joonas, it was unreal to hear. It’s been a difficult year so far, and for Joonas to get the win is bloody great. Having a national jersey in the team will be a moral boost for sure heading into the next races. Stoked for him!

Oliver Behringer: Nationals are always hard races. I started my nationals and gave my everything but I couldn’t fight at the front. I was disappointed but when I got back to the car and saw the message that Jono won his jersey I was happy again. It is such a strong message to get national champion and I know Jono tried so many years and got so close to winning. Now he has done it and showed that if you pursue your dreams, they become true!

Gerd de Keijzer: Sitting at home with a knee injury and building up to get back to the races again can’t get any better motivation then seeing your team mate Joonas winning the national road championship of Finland. Well earned Jonno, well deserved. We are proud of you!

Sam Brand: When I first met the team, whilst I was on the elite/Tri team, Joonas was the first rider I was introduced to. Ever since that day I’ve seen the hard work he puts in day in and day out – his commitment, his resilience and his dedication. The times he’s come close, the effort he always has, has finally been rewarded. This is a culmination of all that hard work and I cannot wait to ride along side the new Finnish National Champion. What a guy.

— tnn to www.teamnovonordisk.com

Rosskopf wins national road title – Rally Cycling


Joey Rosskopf claimed the men’s team’s first-ever US Pro Road Race national title in Knoxville, TN on Sunday. Rosskopf capped off a dominant display by the team which saw Kyle Murphy take the bronze medal while Gavin Mannion crossed the line in seventh.

It’s amazing,” said Rosskopf. “I didn’t expect it. We always had numbers up there and the way we raced it was only a matter of time before one of us got off the front. When I went, they hesitated, and that’s all it takes, especially when you have the team to support you.The team skipped Friday night’s criterium championships to focus fully on the road race. The gamble paid off.

“The team was incredible,” added Rosskopf. “Every time there was a selection, we had four or five guys in the front. In the last lap, it was anyone’s race. Everyone just taking their opportunity and making decisions super fast.”

Early in the 191km race, Kyle Murphy escaped the peloton on the third of 15 laps and wasn’t reeled in by the group of leaders until the final hour of racing. Despite this, Murphy still had the legs to follow dangerous moves in the finale along with Mannion and finish on the podium.

Kyle was unbelievable,” said Rosskopf. “He was out there all day. I have no idea how he had the legs to do that and still finish on the podium. Everyone single person played a role and Kyle led the way.”

Murphy had added motivation with it being Father’s Day as his wife and kids were on hand for their first professional bike race.

“When I turned left onto the finish straight, I was thinking about my kiddos and how badly I wanted to stand on the podium with them,” said Murphy. “I went for it and held on for third. I can’t believe Joey won, he’s the nicest guy in the world.”

Jonas Carney has been the team’s Performance Manager since 2007 and the day’s result was as meaningful as you’d expect.

“It feels great,” said Carney. “We’ve been trying to win this race for 15 years and we finally did it! The guys rode a superb race. Kyle Murphy was an absolute animal and we couldn’t have done it without his amazing ride. And on top of that, Clark Sheehan won the USPRO RR as a first-year director. Simply amazing.”

US Pro Road National Championships results
1 ROSSKOPF Joey Rally Cycling 4:38:12
2 BOOKWALTER Brent Team BikeExchange  0:03
3 MURPHY Kyle Rally Cycling  0:05
4 VERMEULEN Alexey 0:06
5 CRADDOCK Lawson EF Education – Nippo 0:10
6 HAGA Chad Team DSM  0:13
7 MANNION Gavin Rally Cycling 1:13
8 BOARDMAN Samuel L39ion of Los Angeles 1:41
9 HECHT Gage Aevolo 1:43
10 MCGILL Scott Aevolo 2:32

Photo Credit: Sam Wiebe, Chief Creative Officer

— Tom Soladay to rallycycling.com

Colbrelli, Mohorič and Tratnik secure National Championship Wins

Bahrain Victorious riders had a successful week in the National Championships. Jan Tratnik won the TT National Championships in Slovenia, followed by Matej Mohorič winning the road race. In Italy, Colbrelli continued his impressive form, becoming the Italian National Champion.

The Italian National Road Championship took place today on the tough course of the 2020 Imola World Championships. It saw all four Bahrain Victorious Italian riders participating (Capecchi, Caruso, Colbrelli and Milan) with the ambitious aim to win the race. Thanks to the precious support of his teammates, Sonny was able to be in the best position in the critical moment of the day. Sonny showed his power accelerating up to join the race leaders in the final. He then responded to attacks from his rival Masnada and beat him at the finish in Imola.

2021 Italian Road Championship – Men Road Race – Bellaria/Igea Marina – Imola 225,9 km – 20/06/2021 – Sonny Colbrelli (ITA – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Sonny Colbrelli commented after winning his first National road title:

“It’s a magical moment. It repays me of all the times I was so close to winning the Italian Championships in the past. I missed this success too many times, but today I was even too perfect. I prepared at best for the Tour de France, and I didn’t know what to expect from this race. Sometimes I suffer the return to racing after training at high-altitude. It was also a hot day, and I must admit that I didn’t feel well for the first three hours. But then I started feeling better, and although it was a challenging course, I knew that it could suit me in a sprint finish. And above all, I wanted this victory very much. When I saw Masnada attacking, I tried to get back to him and the leading group, and I succeeded. Then it was all about resisting Masnada’s accelerations on the final climb. He was trying to go solo to avoid a two-man sprint finish with me, knowing I was the strongest. In the end, it was exactly like that. I could easily sprint to win. I’m so happy. Thank you to my family for the ongoing support. Thank you to the team that helped me to achieve this win that I’ve been chasing for years”.

Cycling in Men’s Elite category race (174 km) at Slovenian Road Championship in Koper, Slovenia on June 20, 2021

Within an hour, it was more good news for Bahrain Victorious as Matej Mohorič won his second Slovenian road title with a solo win in Koper. 

Mohorič couldn’t be more than happy to bring back the Slovenian Champion jersey to the team: “The National Championship is always a messy race. It is a mixed field, so usually, there is always a high pace start and a selection of the strongest guys. That is what also happened this time. Jan Tratnik and I managed to make our way to the first group we were with, Polanc and Pogacar from UAE. It was a pretty good situation for us. Then, later on, Dome Novak tried to bridge from the second group. That gave us a reason not to ride anymore in the front and rest up a bit. After that, Pogacar tried to attack on the climb, but I chose not to follow him. Instead, I made my way back on the descent, but after that, I was exhausted. I counter-attacked immediately to give Jan reason not to ride. Then we could make a gap with Polanc, and on the last lap, we went all-in on the climb. It’s an important win for me. Thank you to my teammates for the support. I’m proud of wearing the National jersey from now on”.

Men’s Elite category race (174 km) at Slovenian Road Championship in Koper, Slovenia on June 20, 2021

It’s the third time that a rider of the team wears the Slovenian National road jersey: Domen Novak won it in 2019 and Matej Mohorič in 2018. While Jan Tratnik won his third Slovenian TT Championship beating Jan Polanc (+9″) and Tadej Pogacar (+34″).

at Slovenian National Time-Trial Championship in Koper, Slovenia on June 17, 2021

Jan Tratnik commented on his third success at the National TT:

“I came here with many races in my legs, so I didn’t know how my performance could be. But I wanted to participate in the National because I like this event. I just went intending to have fun, although, in the end, I must admit it was not so pleasant, as it was hard and a lot of suffering. Anyway, I had enough power to take first place. I’m very happy. It’s nice to win and wear the National Champion jersey”.

To round off those successes at the National Championships, Marco Haller took the silver medal at the Austrian National Championships. He was part of the breakaway but couldn’t manage to join the final attack of Patrick Konrad (BORA-Hansgrohe), and he finished in second place 34″ adrift.

Bahrain Victorious is heading to the Tour de France with Sonny Colbrelli and Matej Mohorič kitted out in their new ALE National kits on the Grande Boucle roads.

(All pictures can be used for editorial and non-commercial usages only and are copyright @Bettiniphoto @KZS/ Aleš Fevžer @TeamBahrainVictorious)

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.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

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.

The news

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

Mon premier « national » sera une grande expérience

Quentin Venner est, avec Tom Paquot et Laurez Rex, un des coureurs de notre noyau de Développement à s’être hissé dans l’équipe professionnel Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB en janvier 2021. Notre jeune pro dispute mardi la semi-classique française Paris-Camembert en guise dernière mise en jambes pour les championnats nationaux des élites qui se dérouleront le 20 juin à Waregem. Notre équipe enregistre, par ailleurs, le retour de Sean De Bie, aux prises ces derniers temps avec des problèmes d’allergies aux pollens. Johan Meens, Nathan Vandepitte et Louis Blouwe, de notre pôle de développement, complète le groupe également nourri de Boris Vallée et de Jonas Castrique,

Quentin Venner. « Je termine mes premiers six mois en tant que coureur professionnel. Je n’ai certes pas signé de grands résultats, le but l’était pas là, mais j’ai surtout beaucoup appris au contact du staff et des coureurs plus expérimentés du groupe. C’est en faisant des courses à leurs côtés qu’on apprend le plus au niveau du placement, de la tactique de course, des échappées, de la façon de contrôler. La course qui, jusqu’ici, m’a le plus marqué, a été ma première, la Drôme Classic, où j’ai directement senti le niveau, le rythme des équipes du World Tour, où j’ai compris que je devais continuer à travailler pour grandir. Je dispute ce mardi Paris-Camembert pour la deuxième fois. Le final de la course n’est pas facile, les hommes forts seront immanquablement devant. Nous devrons être attentifs. Mon rôle sera de servir Sean De Bie et Boris Vallée. Ma condition est bonne et je pense pouvoir assurer. Dimanche, j’en serai à ma première participation au championnat national des professionnels. C’est, pour moi, assez impressionnant,, je l’avoue C’est, quelque part, un aboutissement de ma carrière chez les jeunes mais aussi un grand test pour me jauger, après mes six premiers mois comme professionnel. Ce sera certainement donc une belle journée à plus d’un titre. »

Sélection pour Paris-Camembert

— eric to www.wbca.be