Chavanel’s record fifth French title tops run of national championship wins

Omega Pharma veteran tops Jérémy Roy for fifth career title

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LANNILIS, France (AFP) — Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won his record fifth time trial national championship on Friday, beating Jérémy Roy (FDJ) and Johan Le Bon (FDJ) on the 45.5-kilometer course between Kernilis and Lannilis.

“Chava” logged a time of 56:48 to outdo Roy by 2:01. Le Bon was a further 19 seconds off the pace.

Chavanel, who turns 34 in 10 days, topped the record of four wins Eddy Seigneur, which he tied with his titles in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2012.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabobank) prevailed in the women’s race, topping silver medalist Audrey Cordon (Vienne Futuroscope) and third-placed Melodie Lesueur.

Kangert gets Estonian title

Also on Thursday, Tanel Kangert (Astana) edged training partner Rein Terramae (Cofidis) by six seconds to win the Estonian title. Gert Joeaar (Cofidis) was third, at 54 seconds. Liisi Rist (S.C. Michela Fanini-Rox) won the women’s race over Viktoria Randalainen.

Mizourov tops in Kazahkstan

Former Tour of Qinghai Lake winner Andrey Mizourov (Torku Şeker Spor) won his fifth Kazakh TT title, beating Astana’s Alexsandr Dyachenko by 14 seconds.

New champions in Canada

Joelle Numainville (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) won the Canadian women’s title, logging a time of 39:54 over 27km to beat Annika Todd (Tripleshot) by 20 seconds. Jasmin Glaesser (Tibco-To the Top) was third, at 39 seconds.

Later Thursday, Curtis Dearden (Russ Hay) surprised with a victory in the Canadian men’s championship race. Dearden blasted to a time of 48:24 on the 39km course to top Orica-GreenEdge’s Christian Meier, who finished 13 seconds outside the winning time. Alexander Cataford (Equipe Cycliste Garneau-Quebecor) was third, at 58 seconds.

Boasson Hagen best in Norway

In Norway, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) won his sixth time trial title, setting a mark of 36:04 on the 30km course. Boasson Hagen bested Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing) by 27 seconds, and third-place finisher Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Joker Merida) finished 42 seconds off the pace.

“I am quite happy because I did quite a good time trial,” Hushovd said in a team press release. “Edvald is not an easy guy to beat. This shows that I have good form. The whole week I’ve had good form. I was on the winning team time trial and felt really strong in that, too. So I think for the road race on Sunday, I can be good then too.”

Jungels jumps into Luxembourg title

Neo-pro Bob Jungels (RadioShack-Leopard) carried his two junior and two U23 national titles into Thursday’s Luxembourg championships in Dippach and rattled off another win to take his the elite title in his first year as a professional. Jungels clocked in at 26:44 over 22km, nearly chopping a minute off second-placed teammate Laurent Didier’s time of 27:39. Ben Gasauer was third, at 1:23.

“It’s nice that I’ve never lost a national TT title,” Jungels, 20, said in a team press release. “I had no information on the other competitors, but I was able to catch some riders ahead of me and I saw my average so I knew my time was very fast. It wasn’t easy; in fact it was a pretty tough race. There were two laps of 11K with a 5K false flat and the rest a series of small climbs and one serious climb. You could never recover. I am really happy with this jersey. It’s always an honor.”

Simulkis smokes Latvian test

Gatis Simulkis (Astana) won the Latvian title, topping Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling) and Ervins Smolins, second and third, respectively. Dana Rozlapa won the women’s title.

Antoshina shines in Russia

Tatiana Antoshina (MCipollini-Giordana) won the women’s title in Russia, ahead of Kseniya Dobrynina and RusVelo’s Alexandra Burchenkova.

Bodnar wins in Poland

Maciej Bodnar (Cannondale) took top honor in the Polish championship race in Sobotka. Bodnar logged a time of 49:30 over 40km, edging Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) by five seconds. Mateusz Taciak (CCC Polsat Polkowice) was 1:53 off the pace for third.

Vandborg draws Danish gold

Brian Vandborg gave Cannondale its second national title of the day when he won the Danish championship over Rasmus Christian Quaade (Tre-For) by six seconds. Rasmus Sterobo (Cult Energy) was third, at 49 seconds.

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