2012 National Championships Summary

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Netherlands Women's Road Race 2012

After a busy weekend of racing here is the full table of the men’s and women’s national road race champions for 2012.

Men’s RR champion Womens’s RR champion
Australia Simon Gerrans (Orica-Greenedge)* Amanda Spratt (GreenEdge AIS)*
Austria Lukas Pöstlberger (RC Arbö) Andrea Graus (Vitalogic)
Belgium Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) Jolien D’Hoore (Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley)
Brazil Otavio Bulgarelli (Funvic-Pindamonhangaba) Luciene Ferreira (Funvic-Pindamonhangaba)
Belarus Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ-BigMat)
Canada Ryan Roth (Team SpiderTech) Denise Ramsden (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits)
Colombia Félix Cárdenas (GW-Shimano) *
Croatia Vladimir Miholjević (Acqua & Sapone)
Czech Milan Kadlec (ASC Dukla Praha) Pavlina Sulcova
Denmark Sebastian Lander (Glud & Marstrand) Cathrine Grage
Eritrea Daniel Teklehaimanot (Orica-Greenedge)
Estonia Tanel Kangert (Astana) Grete Treier
Finland Jarkko Niemi Lotta Lepisto
France Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-BigMat) Marion Rousse (Vienne Futuroscope)
Germany Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Barracuda) Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE)
Great Britain Ian Stannard (Team Sky) Sharon Laws (AA Drink-leontien.nl)
Greece Drakakis Ioannis (Talos Chania) Crete Hatzi Elisabeth (Diagoras G.S Rhode)
Hong Kong Ho Ting Kwok Wan Yiu Jamie Wong
Hungary Peter Kusztor (Atlas Personal) Anita Szeghalmine Kenyo (Bringavilag SK)
Iran Hossein Alizadeh (Tabriz Petrochemical)
Ireland Matt Brammeier (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) Melanie Spath
Italy Franco Pellizotti (Androni) Giada Borgato (Diadora-Pasta Zara)
Japan Yukihiro Doi (Argos Oil – Shimano) * Mayuko Hagiwara *
Jamaica Linford Blackwood (Team Trek)
Kazakhstan Assan Bazayev (Astana)
Latvia Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis)
Lithuania Gediminias Bagdonas (An Post-Sean Kelly) Inga Cilvinaite (Diadora Pasta Zara)
Luxembourg Laurent Didier (Radioshack-Nissan) Christine Majerus
Malaysia Zamri Salleh (Terrengganu)
Moldova Alexandr Pliuschin (Leopard Trek)
Netherlands Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) Annemiek van Vleuten (Stichting Rabobank)
New Zealand James Williamson (Pure Black Racing)* Nicky Samuels (Southland)*
Norway Edvald Boasson-Hagen (Team Sky) Hildegunn Hovdenak
Poland Michał Gołaś (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) Katarzyna Pawlowska
Portugal Manuel Cardoso (Caja Rural) Irina Coelho
Russia Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) Yulia Blindyuk
Singapore Darren Lo Siew Kheng Dinah Chan
Slovakia Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) Alzbeta Pavlendova
Slovenia Borut Božič (Astana) Polona Batagelj (Diadora Pasta Zara)
South Africa Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Barracuda)* Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)
Spain Franciso Ventoso (Movistar) Anna Sanchis (Communidad Valencia)
Sweden Christoffer Stevensson Emma Johansson (Hitec Products)
Switzerland Martin Kohler (BMC Racing) Jennifer Hohl (Faren Honda)
Turkey Miraç Kal (Konya Torku) Semra Yetis
Ukraine Andriy Grivko (Astana) Alona Andruk (Diadora Pasta Zara)
USA Timmy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale)* Megan Guarnier (Team Tibco)*
Venezuela Miguel Ubeto (Androni) Angie González (Carabobo)

* result from earlier in the year.

Many thanks to Bridie O’Donnell of the Vanderkitten Focus team for sending in a list of the women’s winners. There are some gaps and if you would like to make suggestions, please add a comment or send an email.

The picture above is the moment the Netherland’s title was won by Annemiek van Vleuten of Rabobank. In a breakaway with team mate Marianne Vos and Lucinda Brand (AA Drink-leontien.nl), van Vleuten jumped away whilst Vos marks Brand.

In Latvia June 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Latvia: Aleksejs Saramotins(Cofidis)

The Inner Ring June 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Thanks, I’ve added him to the list above.

Meiji June 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Interestingly, Sharon Laws, the woman wearing the GB stripes for the next year, was dropped from the Olympic team last week. Strange timing, selecting the team right before the nationals.

Anonymous June 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Thought I read the reason in an article recently, a lower ranking rider was chosen as was more useful in the sprint train. Makes sense if your tactics are aimed towards a bunch sprint.

Bridie O'Donnell June 25, 2012 at 2:01 am

Laws wasn’t ‘dropped’ from the Olympic team, she was never named in it.

Meiji June 25, 2012 at 7:13 am

Well you know what I mean. Named to a shortlist, not selected.

sea_biscuit June 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

equally, brammeir has just won irish nationals but was not considered. go figure.

Bridie O'Donnell June 25, 2012 at 2:53 am

the interesting thing about many of the selection criteria for Olympics is that none of US, AUS, GB include ‘specificity to the course’ which seems pretty crazy in my opinion.

jkeltgv June 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

Wow…great to have another pro contributing to inrng – Pinotti’s been a regular, Wegelius once i think, a belgian legend I recall once (was it Van Looy?) and now Bridie.

Do you think that leaving out more subjective criteria like suitability to the circuit is to protect selectors/national body from a CAS appeal like we’ve seen in taikwando in GB lately and i think swimming in Australia in the past?

John B June 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Rabon did not win in Czech Republic. It was Milan Kadlec from ASC Dukla Praha. Was some miscommunication about this result. So, one less for Quick Step.

The Inner Ring June 25, 2012 at 12:20 am

Thanks, here’s a photo from the finish, it explains why the result was close I think:
https://twitter.com/Biarnes72/status/216945641442639872/photo/1

AstanaLover June 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Slovenia – Borut Bozic

AstanaLover June 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Kazakhstan: AssaN Bazayev (Astana).
Inrng, thanks for you amazing site.

Gerald June 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Brammeier took the Irish title, Roche is second.

Rui June 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

INRNG: Pedro Paulinho does not belong on this list since he is the U23 champion.

The elite national champion is Manuel Cardoso.

Playvelo June 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I count four riders (Boasson-Hagen, Sagan, Hunter, and Gerrans) who will ride this years TdF. Too bad we won’t see more of them. I always liked the special jerseys that the riders get and the Tour is a great place to show them off.

Playvelo June 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Make that five, I missed Vorganov.

John D. Reah June 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Sweden:
1 Christoffer stevensson,2 Lars Andersson 3 Frederik kessiakoff 4 Lucas Persson

Anders June 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Stevensson rides for former Paris-Roubaix-winner Magnus Bäckstedts Team UK Youth.

Melted tarmac June 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Danish champion’s surname is Lander, not Langer. Watch out for him, he was in breakaways for 2oo km on a rainy and cold day on a hard and hilly circuit. He is only 21 years old.

Rolf er ren June 25, 2012 at 2:52 am

A new Rolf Sørensen..
A wonderfull win for team Glud & Marstrand LRØ.
Congratulations to both Sebastian and the rest off the team, you are doing so much great work for danish cycling.

ROLF ER REN

PB June 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm

New Zealand – James Williamson (Pure Black Racing) *

Göktürk June 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Hi, in case you want to add: Turkey – Miraç Kal(Konya Torku). By the way, I also raced at the Turkish National Champs:)

The Inner Ring June 25, 2012 at 12:19 am

Thanks, done! I hope you had a good time.

Göktürk June 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

Thank you, I had a good time, but I crashed at 40. km. When I got on my bike again, the peloton was gone and I couldn’t catch them. They were very fast. Regardless of my bad luck, I enjoyed every second of the race, cycling is our addiction, after all:)

Erhan June 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Tebrikler…. Nasildi ?

Göktürk June 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

Teşekkür ederim, çok güzel bir deneyimdi. Ama şanssızlık yaşadım. Yaklaşık 40. km’de bozuk yol yüzünden düştüm, sonra tekrar ana gruba yetişemedim. Peloton çook hızlıydı.

Bill ward June 25, 2012 at 12:39 am

The fact that we won’t be seeing many of these national jerseys in the Tour surely opens a debate as to their relevance, after all, what can really be decided in a single race, world champion included? Have other systems been considered before?

Rolf er ren June 25, 2012 at 2:57 am

Cycling is so much more then Tour de France, thats just one off many greats events on the calender.

ROLF ER REN

James Jolly June 25, 2012 at 1:49 am

Who is the best on the day can be decided in a single race, and the best on the day is usually the best on other days too, or in some cases the winner deserves adulation for beating others that were stronger through tactical nouse. I don’t see how the system can be questioned. And besides, it’s nice like it is, so we can see Stannard ride the Tour in the Union flag rather than an ugly sponsor emblazoned Sky jersey. Also riders are generally in a reasonable shape this close to the Tour, so it does make a bit of sense.

rhys June 25, 2012 at 3:32 am

I dislike Sky immensely, but I’m only too happy for Stannard. He will get mass amounts of airtime in the jersey riding at the front for at least the first week of le tour.

Matt June 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

‘I dislike Sky immensely’

Why? Did they insult your mother? They’re just a cycling team.

Stannard is not part of Sky’s team for the Tour.

Abdu June 26, 2012 at 2:09 am

I think he means he dislikes the fawning admiration and complete slobbering over Team Sky by the English cycling media? Cycling mags 99% full of Sky articles, riveting stuff like “Cav eats porridge for breakfast”, “World War 3 breaks out – Team Sky boss tells all”

Kidding obviously…

rhys June 26, 2012 at 3:08 am

Part of the reason, Abdu. Not kidding. Their boring tactics, their boring kit, the black bibs/white WC jersey? Disgusting.
Sick of hearing about Wiggins eating coal and pooping gold, diamonds and fairy dust.
Petty? Probably.

Kyle June 25, 2012 at 1:59 am

Thanks for that, on the Brammeier subject, his win was the best thing that could have happened to Irish cycling. He’s the country’s best all-rounder, Matt can get over the climbs, and he has a decent kick on him as well. Perfect for a break or to lead out Sam Bennett (Who was also dropped from the team this week. You’re going to hear a lot about this kid in the future, big big talent) who’d do well in a sprint. Yet David McCann (39 years old, big engine, can TT well, climb okay but no sprint), Nico Roche, who doesn’t excel at anything and Martin (Who is a brilliant climber, but can’t sprint) were picked. The selection criteria was rubbish, and they’ve ruled them self out of a medal. Yesterday, Brammeier showed up Cycling Ireland big time, and I couldn’t be happier!

The Inner Ring June 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

I was thinking the same but if he rode the Olympics, what chance he works for Boonen?

Patrick June 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

More importantly, Nico has to wear brown shorts at the TDF now.

Noah, age 9 June 25, 2012 at 2:11 am

You are right about Matt being better than Nico Roche

Michal June 25, 2012 at 3:32 am

I’ve watched Simon Gerrans winning Australian title, he was very impressive there. He won TdU and Milan-SanRemo since. What is season and good luck in TdF!

Sam June 25, 2012 at 9:27 am

I also thought he had a fantastic early season, although I’ve not heard much of him lately. Same goes for Alejandro Valverde

Abdu June 26, 2012 at 2:04 am

Gerro’s got a three peak season apparently, train and races to three major points with downs in between.

Val-pitti is just cycling through his latest drip and will be juiced up and ready to go come Grand Tour time as usual…

_meat_ June 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

Working on a women’s list?

The Inner Ring June 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

Yes. I was travelling yesterday which explains some of the errors and the omissions. A full table of national champions will appear here soon.

maxflyer June 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

Hi INRNG,

thnaks for your amazing site!
results for Hungary:
men: Kusztor, Peter (Atlas Personal)
women: Szeghalmine Kenyo, Anita (Bringavilag SK)

Terry Whenman June 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

After a season, so far, of dragging the pro peloton around the highways and byways of Europe for Team Sky, Ian Stannard was finally allowed off the leash to pursue a victory of his own and did it in marvellous fashion by winning the GB title. For the next year I’m sure he’ll wear the jersey with as much pride as we have in him.

Sim June 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

Agree, I cant think that anyone would challenge that Ian Stannard fully deservcs this jersey. Now please, Sky, surely the time’s approaching when he deserves a chance in the Classics to be a leader rather than having to work for others every time?

NaturalBornHolmer June 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

The danish RR women champion, Cathrine Grage, is a former speed skater. She participated at the 2010 winter olympics, and has only ridden bike races for one year. She won the TT this year as well.

Rooie June 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm

She isn’t the only speedskater that performs well at both sports. Cindy Klassen is not only a gold medalwinner at the olympics, but also a great cyclist. The same goes for Jan Bos (TTT track 2006 and 2010 and Winter OS 2000, 2004 and 2008; and yes, he is the older brother of Theo Bos).

J June 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Don’t forget Clara Hughes too. The sports seem to naturally transfer quite well

Roadie61 June 26, 2012 at 4:07 am

And here in the states, speed skater Connie Carpenter-Phinney (Taylor Phinney’s mom) competed in the 1972 Winter Olympics (7th in the 1500m) at the age of fourteen years! In 1976 she won the US National Overall outdoor title.

“Carpenter had trained on a bicycle during the off-season and…in 1976 she began racing. In 1976, 1977, and 1979, she won the U.S. national road and track pursuit championships. Later, she added a pair of national criterium championships to her resume before winning the Olympic Gold medal in 1984…” – Wikipedia.org

And perhaps the greatest speed skater, two-time world champion Eric Heiden. The only athlete in the history of speed skating to win Gold Medals at all five distances in a single Olympic Games (1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, NY).

Eric then became a founding member of the 7-Eleven Cycling team along with his former speed skating coach (and ex-bike racer), Jim Ochowicz (BMC Racing). Eric won several American professional races, including the 1985 [first] US Professional Cycling Championship, becoming the American Road Race champion. He also completed the ’85 Giro d’Italia and rode in the ’86 TdF.

Also in Lake Placid, Eric’s sister Beth Heiden won the Bronze medal (speed skating) in the 3000m.
Prior to 1980 she won too many speed skating races to list here. Later that same year, Beth became the second US cyclist to win the World Women’s Road Championship.

Nice transition from skating to cycling.

Eric Heiden was my next-door neighbor while he was pursuing his next goal, orthopedic surgery.
While a med student at Stanford University, he taught me invaluable skills on the bike. Greatest guy you could ever meet…now a team physician for BMC Racing…still with his long-time buddy,
Jim Ochowicz. Connie Carpenter-Phinney, Eric & Beth Heiden and Jim Ochowicz were all born and raised in Wisconsin and are all still connected through speed skating, cycling and BMC Racing.

Great story with a lot of history and a fantastic group of athletes who grew up together. Nice.

Matt Rose June 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

When you live in a place like Canada, there’s only so much of the 6 months of winter that you can spend on a trainer. Speed Skating uses most of the same muscles, and gets those competitive juices flowing during the long off-season.

The Tashkent Error June 27, 2012 at 12:09 am

Martina Sáblíková, the reigning Olympic and World Champion in 3k and 5k is also dabbling in cycling. She won the Czech National Championships in TT in 2010 and 2011 and road race in 2011 (from a breakaway, IIRC). But her bike handling skills are quite poor and she’s not very confident in mass start events.

She lost to Jarmila Machačová, a trackie, last week in TT.

Rick Chasey June 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

Boonen & Terpstra were both outstanding.

A good weekend for OPQS. 4 RR titles and 4 TT titles.

Rooie June 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Terpstra was mindblowing. In the pouring rain he won after a solo of 50km with Gesink, Kelderman, Mollema and Boom chasing him and not coming any closer.

cycling June 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Moldova time trial champion –Sergei Cioban

Cam June 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

2012 Singapore National Road Cycling Champion (Men): Darren Low
2012 Singapore National Road Cycling Champion (Women): Siew Kheng Dinah Chan

Martin W June 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Not sure if you’ve excluded the Colombian national championships as the 2012 editions haven’t happened yet, but the current champions (from 2011) are Weimar Roldán (Men) and Viviana Velásquez (Women).

TheDude June 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Omega Quick Step have collected quite a few national championship jerseys this round. It should be an enjoyable visual if multiple OQS national jerseys are present in the same event. :-)

Aaron June 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm

No champion for China? I would hope they have a national championships race seeing they’ve got 2 ProTour races now on calendar

Cam June 26, 2012 at 7:07 am

The 2012 Chinese National Road Cycling Championships will be held in early September. The current (2011) road cycling champion is Zhang Jing Yue. Picture here http://epaper.voc.com.cn/hnrb/html/2011-05/08/content_337128.htm

There’s also the National Games of the People’s Republic of China, held every four years (the year following the summer olympics). The winner of the 11th National Games (2009) road cycling race was Hong Kong’s Wong Kam Po.

Dimosthenis Gallis June 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Greece
R R

Drakakis Ioannis (M) Talos Chania Crete
Hatzi Elisabeth (W) Diagoras G.S Rhode

Thank you

Aukse Ward June 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Proud to see two fellow lithuanians on the list Bagdonas and Cilvinaite, but what happened to Ramunas Navardauskas?

bikecellar June 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Oops, the Greece result is listed as Great Britain

Abdu June 26, 2012 at 2:00 am

Did they sell it too?

The Inner Ring June 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Thanks for all the additions and suggestions.

the cycling fan June 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Colombia – Felix Cardenas – he won the 2012 Vuelta of Colombia this past weekend, which the Colombian federations considers the national championship

Martin W June 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

@ cycling fan, are you sure about the Vuelta a Colombia being considered the national title? They also have a national road championship – last year’s results at http://www.ciclismodecolombia.com/p/ruta.html – and the “Juegos Nacionales – Ruta” are scheduled for November.

Martin W June 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

Hmm, but I have just found a picture of Cardenas wearing what looks like a national champion’s jersey in the 2012 Tour de San Luis, when he wasn’t the reigning national champ but was the last winner of the Vuelta a Colombia. This is interesting, do you know more about why they do this?

the cycling fan June 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

99% sure the winner of the vuelta is considered the national champion! this is one of the reason the Colombia-Coldeportes team was able to race a non-uci race

Abdu June 26, 2012 at 1:59 am

Rumour is that the Australian national champion from a few years ago tried very hard to buy the title because he had a $ bonus in his team contract. He was in a breakaway with a couple of younger guys and was constantly offering thousands to each of them. Didn’t ‘win’ it, though he’s got other titles and is still racing today…

Another rumour is that a certain cheeky little Aussie sprinter did buy his win, in a breakaway with a young guy who had won the TT title the day before and promised him a contract with his top level Belgian team (“Sshhh”). Unfortunately the young guy worked super hard to stay away, our sprinter sat on and won but never came through with the prmoised contract.

As many current Australian Pro’s claim, the Australian Road Race is not all its cracked up to be either, not a sprinter’s course.

Ben Z June 28, 2012 at 4:07 am

Robbie Mcewen????? In his biography he states that he payed the bloke prize money plus extra.

Cam June 26, 2012 at 6:31 am

2012 Hong Kong National Road Cycling Champion (Men): Kwok Ho Ting
2012 Hong Kong National Road Cycling Champion (Women): Huang Yunyao

Cam June 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

My apologies for passing on bad information. Wan Yiu Jamie Wong won the 2012 HKG Elite Women’s Road Cycling Championships.

peloton.pl June 26, 2012 at 9:48 am

Just found out via Vivelo bikes fan page that in Romania NOVAK Carol Eduard won the elite race and he is an amputee and Paraolympian.
This may require some verification though as it is difficult to double-check

The Inner Ring June 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

Novak, a Polish name. But I saw somewhere too that he won the U-23 race, not sure whether he is the full national champion.

peloton.pl June 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

Nowak would be Polish – and the last name only. Novak as in Novak Djokovic for example is more popular further south.
Judging by his facebook http://www.facebook.com/novak.caroleduard?sk=wall he might be an elite champ

Cam June 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

2012 Korea National Road Cycling Champion (Men): Chanjae Jang
2012 Korea National Road Cycling Champion (Women): Heejung Son

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