European National Road Cycling Championships
The past week saw most European countries hold their national road and time trial championships. This year Oakley won 10 Road titles and 3 Time Trial titles.
Filippo Pozzato (OAKLEY) proved victorious on Sunday in the Italian national road championships.
Pozzato, 27, outsprinted a group containing Damiano Cunego and Luca Paolini to win the 257.3km race, which consisted of 11 laps on a circuit in Imola.
Andy Schleck (OAKLEY) won his first Luxembourg road championship on Sunday in Differdange, succeeding his brother Fränk. The 23-year-old Schleck escaped with 70km to go and never looked back, finishing nearly two minutes ahead of Laurent Didier. Brother Fränk rounded out the podium in third.
Matti Breschel (OAKLEY) outsped a pair of teammates — Chris Anker Sørensen and Frank Høj — to win the Danish road championship on Sunday. The 23-year-old Breschel crossed the line in the 196km race just four seconds ahead of Sørensen with Høj a further nine seconds in arrears. “I needed to prove something today,” he said afterward.
Fabian Cancellara (OAKLEY), better known as an individual time trialist and a man for the classics, won his first Swiss national road championship on Sunday. The big Swiss, who has six national titles in the race against the clock, out-sprinted Mathias Frank for the road crown in the 180.4km race.
Martin Reimer (OAKLEY) outfought Dominic Klemme for the German national road title on Sunday, with Roger Kluge third. Reime, 22, said afterward: “I knew I had won three meters before the finish. Klemme was finished.”
Veteran Marcus Ljungqvist (OAKLEY) collected his third national road title on Sunday, out-kicking Fredrick Ericsson (Team Capinordic) to win the 201km race.
Kurt-Asle Arvesen (OAKLEY) defended his Norwegian road crown on Sunday, soloing in for the victory just three seconds ahead of a five-man pursuit after 187km of racing. Oakley’s Alexander Kristoff took second followed by Oakley’s Thor Hushovd in third. It was the fifth title for Arvesen, 34, and the second consecutively.
Ruben Plaza (OAKLEY) became the Spanish road champion on Sunday in El Soplao, beating Constantino Zaballa and Mikel Astarloza. Plaza took the bronze behind Alberto Contador in Friday’s individual time trial.
The 195km race was marked by a breakaway of 22 riders who took nearly three minutes on the bunch before being retrieved 25km from the finish. Several riders tried their luck in the final climb, but it was Plaza who prevailed by three seconds over Zaballa and seven ahead of Astarloza.
POZZATO Filippo (ITALY)
PLAZA MOLINA Ruben (SPAIN)
REIMER Martin (GERMANY)
CANCELLARA Fabian (SWITZERLAND)
IVANOV Serguei (RUSSIA)
BRESCHEL Matti (DENMARK)
SCHLECK Andy (LUXEMBOURG)
LJUNGQVIST Marcus (SWEDEN)
ARVESEN Kurt Asle (NORWEY)
ROCHE Nicolas (IRELAND)
BERT GRABSCH (GERMANY)
EDVAL BOASSON HAGGEN