European National Championship Round-Up

Nizzolo, Demare and Sanchez reign supreme

ITALY

NTT rider Giacomo Nizzolo Sunday won the Italian road race title on Sunday for a second time as he outsprinted the other survivors of a 13-man breakaway. Four years after his first victory, the 31-year-old edged Deceuninck-Quick
Step’s Davide Ballerini and Bahrain-McLaren’s Sonny Colbrelli in the charge to the line at the end of a 253-kilometre race over 12 laps from Grapa to Cittadella. Nizzolo has had injury problems since his first national title in 2016. “After three very difficult years I managed to win back this jersey and I hope to enjoy it more than the first time,” he said.

National Championship Italy 2020 – Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA – NTT Pro Cycling)

FRANCE

Groupama-FDJ’s Arnaud Demare won the French national road race title for the third time on Sunday. Demare, already a champion in 2014 and 2017 as well as being a two-time Tour de France stage winner, reeled in Julian Alaphilippe before outstripping Bryan Coquard in a sprint finish in the 238km course in Brittany. Demare, 28, missed on selection for his team’s squad for the August 28-September 20 Tour de France, which has been built around Thibaut Pinot.

National Championship Spain 2020 – Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP – Astana Pro Team)

SPAIN

Astana rider Luis Leon Sanchez was crowned Spanish road race champion on Sunday to add to his four national time trial titles. The 36-year-old Sanchez, with four Tour de France stage victories to his name and winner of the 2009 Paris-Nice and the 2005 Tour Down Under, finished the 185km course between Ubeda and Baeza, in Andalusia, ahead of teammate Gorka Izagirre, with Vicente Garcia de Mateos (Aviludo-Louletano) rounding out the podium. Last year’s winner Alejandro Valverde was unable to defend his title, focused instead on honing his preparations for the August 29-September 20 Tour de France.

National Championship Spain 2020

RBA/aFP Photots: Bettini

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