2014 National Championships Summary

After a busy weekend of racing here is the table of the men’s and women’s national road race champions for 2014.

Men’s RR champion Womens’s RR champion
Argentina Daniel Diaz (San Luis Somos Todos)*
Australia Simon Gerrans (Orica-Greenedge)* Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS)*
Austria Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing) Jaqueline Hahn (Bigla)
Belgium Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Belisol) Jolien D’Hoore (Lotto-Belisol)
Belarus Yauheni Hutarovich (Ag2r La Mondiale) Alena Amialiusik (Astana Be Pink)
Canada Svein Tuft (Orica-Greenedge) Leah Kirchman (Optum-Kelly Benefit)
Colombia Miguel Rubiano (Team Colombia)*
Czech Zdeněk Štybar (OPQS) Martina Sablikova
Denmark Michael Valgren (Team Tinkoff-Saxo) Amalie Didericksen
Ecuador Byron Guama
Eritrea Amanuel Gebreigzabhier Wehazit Kidane
Estonia Alo Jakin (BigMat – Auber 93) Liisi Rist (SC Michela Fanini Rox)
Ethiopia Tsgabu Grmay (MTN-Qhubeka)
Finland Jussi Veikkanen (FDJ.fr) Lotta Lepistö (Bigla)
France Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo-Liv)
Germany André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-lululemon)
Great Britain Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda)
Greece Geron Williams
Guyana Georgios Bouglas (SP Tableware) Varvara Fasi
Hungary Rózsa Balázs (Utensilnord)
Iran Rahim Emami
Israel Niv Libner Paz Bash
Ireland Ryan Mullen (An Post-ChainReaction)
Italy Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) Elena Cecchini (Estado de México-Faren Kuota)
Japan Sano Junya (Nasu Blasen) Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle Honda)
Kazakhstan Ilya Davidenok (Astana Continental)
Latvia Andris Voskelans (Rietumu-Delfin)
Lebanon Zaher El Hage (Athletico-BG)
Lithuania Paulius Šiškevičius (Sojasun Espoir-ACNC)
Luxembourg Fränk Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolman)
Namibia Raul Costa Seibeb
Netherlands Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp) Iris Slappendel (Rabo-Liv)
New Zealand Hayden Roulston (Trek Factory Racing) * Rushlee Buchanan (UnitedHealthCare) *
Norway Tormud Jacobsen (Team Oster Hus – Ridley) Camilla Sorgjerd
Mexico Ignacio Sarabia Diaz Ana Teresa Casas
Poland Bartłomiej Matysiak (CCC-Polsat) Paulina Guz
Portugal Oliveira Nelson (Lampre-Merida) Celina Carpinteiro (Ouriquense)
Romania Zoltan Sipoș
Russia Alexander Porsev (Katusha) Tatiana Antoshina (RusVelo)
Rwanda Valens Ndayisenga
Slovakia Peter Sagan (Cannondale) Monika Kadlecová
Slovenia Matej Mugerli (Adria Mobil) Polona Batagelj (BTC City Ljubljana)
South Africa Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka) * Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Lotto-Belisol) *
Spain Ion Izaguirre (Movistar) Anna Ramirez (Bizkaia-Durango)
Sweden Michael Olsson (Team Ringeriks – Kraft) Emma Johannsen (Orica-AIS)
Switzerland Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling) Myriam Gysling
Turkey Feritcam Samli (Torku seker Spor) Semra Yetis
Ukraine Tatyana Riabchencko (SC Michela Fanini Rox)
USA Eric Marcotte (SmartStop) * Alison Powers (UnitedHealthCare)*
Venezuela Xavier Quevedo

* result from earlier in the year.

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39 thoughts on “2014 National Championships Summary”

  1. Fans of ‘schadenfreude’, underdogs, and/or the banning of race radios would have enjoyed the Belgian National Championship race. OPQS set out ostensibly to win on behalf of Gert Steegmans, who was in a strong break (with Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Kris Boeckmans (Lotto) in particular a threat), with his team behind protecting his advantage. Then, under belated team instructions – apparently the DS’ no longer believing in Steegmans and preferring a bunch sprint for Tom Boonen – OPQS chased down the break. Then got poorly positioned and Boonen had to sprint on the wrong side (re: the wind) of the road, allowing Debusschere to hit the jackpot for Lotto (with a leadout from his soon-to-be brother-in-law, Jurgen Roelandts).

    Afterwards Boonen referred to the screwups and miscommunication (lack of time gaps on the local circuit; mechanics were standing there, but without signs) and, without naming names, the DS’ themselves, as “amateurish.” Steegmans said he felt betrayed by the team – not selected for the Tour and then denied a chance to race for the win the team had originally set out for. They were not pleased, to put it mildly. The race was like a handful of sand: the tighter OPQS tried to grip it, the faster it ran away from them. It certainly made it entertaining!

  2. The Irish women’s road race was postponed because of a fatal car accident on the course earlier in the day. It will be rescheduled.

    The men’s elite TT was decided by bureaucratic weirdness. 19 year old super talent Ryan Mullen was fastest by nearly a minute, but was only eligible for the U23 crown. The elite title went to the second fastest man, Michael Hutchinson. Then in the road race, Mullen soloed home more than a minute clear, but in that race he was awarded both the u23 win and the adult win. Now the issue may be what happens in the TT until Mullen hits 23.

      • According the commentators for the race neither Yates brother was eligible for the U23 title as they raced for pro teams, this must be some odd rule of the British federation.

        • Strange, as Laura Trott riding for Wiggle Honda, won both the Pro & U23 road titles.
          Also Ed Laverack the new U23 road champ, rides for Rapha Condor JLT.

          Katie Archibald riding for Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International is under 23, but the womens TT event didn’t have a separate U23 classification, so she was ‘just’ awarded the second overall place.

          Who writes the rules, as they don’t impress the general public?

          Note that Ireland is a separate country from Britain.

    • So Ireland arranged for at combined event?
      We did so in Denmark last year but opted this year for separate events as the U23 championship points could not be acknowledged by the UCI for a combined event.
      Same problem in Ireland? I would like to know as we need leverage towards the UCI to have a combined event i DK again.

  3. In Greece the women’s RR champion is not Michali Tsavari (which is a man’s name), but Varvara Fasi (according to procycling.gr).

    • Sablikova is threefold olympic winner and several world records holder in (speed)skating. She regards cycling rather as a complementary summer sport. Mr. Bakala already tried to invite her to the Etixx team.
      And yes, behind her the quality is not overwhelming. This year she won the road race in especially commanding fashion – soon after the start she broke away and won a “private TT” by more than five minutes. Somewhat frustrating for the specializing ladies.

    • short version: yes.

      longer version: Sáblíková has a very powerful engine, which works to her advantage, but she’s also such a poor bike handler she has to take off early and drop the bunch and ride the road race as a TT. adding insult to injury, the 2nd placed Anežka Drahotová is primarily a track&field athlete, speed walker.

      p.s.: for speed skaters to transition to track and road isn’t all that uncommon, they make good pursuiters and TT riders. there’s plenty of examples in e.g., the Netherlands (Ellen van Dijk immediately springs to my mind).

  4. Also Clara Hughes in Canada, with Olympic medals both on skates and road racing.
    Apparently Eric Heiden still involved in pro cycling as team doctor for BMC??

  5. Last comment (from me) on Heiden, the five x gold medalist in speed skating at 1980 Olympics, won US Pro road race in 1985, becoming US champion that year, which brings mentioning him back on topic for this subject.
    His sister Beth was also accomplished in both disciplines … (Oops!).

  6. Canada – Svein Tuft won the race with a solo, 120km breakaway. This just a day after winning the time trial as well.


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