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National Championships - Boy van Poppel 5th, Delacroix on the attack in Epinal

National Championships - Boy van Poppel 5th, Delacroix on the attack in Epinal

This Sunday, 23 riders defended the colors of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in five different countries, with a view of becoming national champion of the road race. Besides Germany, where Jonas Koch and Georg Zimmermann both landed a podium, the team was represented in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and France.

Despite the desire to fire up the race from the first kilometers of the Belgian championships, through Jan Bakelants and Tom Devriendt, the definite breakaway went soon after and will count up to 5 minutes at 100 kilometers from the finish. The first attacks between the favorites in the peloton started 40 kilometers later, and they soon found themselves six in front. Shortly after the general regrouping 28 kilometers from the finish, Van Aert, Evenepoel and Theuns took advantage of the disorganization to get rid of their rivals for good. Baptiste Planckaert eventually finished 13th at the finish in Waregem, five seconds behind the winner Van Aert.

In the Netherlands, it was a particularly explosive race which resulted in a surprise victory near the Col du VAM (Wijster). Wesley Kreder, Boy van Poppel and Danny van Poppel grabbed the right breakaway after an hour of racing, and after multiple changes of situation, Boy van Poppel eventually found himself in the lead with six other riders ten kilometers from the finish. Timo Roosen, taking advantage of the numerical superiority of his Jumbo-Visma team, broke away from this group as the final kilometer approached and won the title alone. Boy van Poppel, who once again demonstrates his excellent condition, finished fifth.

Théo Delacroix and Jérémy Bellicaud defended themselves against the French armadas in Epinal, on a particularly difficult course. Delacroix, French U23 champion in 2019, distinguished himself in counterattack 70 kilometers from the finish, trying to bridge the gap to the breakaway of 15 riders who eventually fought for victory. At the end of the 242 kilometers of the event, Bellicaud finished 53rd.

The heatwave has gripped Italy in recent days, and it is under 40°C that Riccardo MinaliAndrea Pasqualon and Simone Petilli covered the 225 kilometers around Imola. A particularly selective parcours saw the victory of Sonny Colbrelli, while Pasqualon finished eighteenth, winning the peloton's sprint 9 minutes later.

Belgian Championships road race:
1. Wout Van Aert
2. Edward Theuns
3. Remco Evenepoel +1
13. Baptiste Planckaert +5  
22. Aimé De Gendt
35. Loïc Vliegen
37. Jan Bakelants
46. Tom Devriendt +19
66. Kévin van Melsen +5:21
DNF Jasper De Plus
DNF Ludwig De Winter
DNF Pieter Vanspeybrouck

Dutch Championships road race:
1. Timo Roosen
2. Sjoerd Bax +30
3. Oscar Riesebeek
5. Boy van Poppel +33 
15. Taco van der Hoorn
18. Corné van Kessel 
32. Wesley Kreder +4:22
33. Danny van Poppel
39. Maurits Lammertink +7:13

French Championships road race:
1. Rémi Cavagna
2. Rudy Molard
3. Damien Touzé +58
53. Jérémy Bellicaud +9:06  
DNF Théo Delacroix

Italian Championships road race:
1. Sonny Colbrelli
2. Fausto Masnada +2
3. Samuele Zoccarato +37
18. Andrea Pasqualon +9:39 
55. Simone Petilli
DNF Riccardo Minali