Nationals day... LIVE

Many new jerseys will soon be upon us. PhilGil or Tombo? Greipel or Kittel? Chava or Feillu? Come find out!

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(picture by me)

More info below the jump.

MISCELLANEOUS

Overview of the main European races: (via broerie)

Second open thread

First open thread

OPQS riders active today and also Movistar has some boys racing

TV times, via umwolverine

nederlands 14.15 local, NOS
belgium 14.30 local, sporza & RTBF
france 15.20 local, FR3
spain 16.00 local, TDP

FRANCE

Live ticker

Via FrenchKeldar:

French nats: all flat

I think the biggest climb of the circuit has 10 m of elevation… Boring after some exciting races around Boulogne the last few years. Maybe Démare first Tricolore jersey? Other candidates: Romain Feillu (no teammate though…), Julien Simon for Saur, Bouhanni for the loaded FdJ, Mondory for AG2R, maybe Turgot for Europcar. Not sure who Cofidis has….

Marion Rousse is victorious.

GERMANY

Live ticker

Best German female is Arndt.

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Hilly!

DENMARK

Live stream

GREAT BRITAIN

Via wannabe_scattista

British Road Race

is in North Yorkshire, so probably hilly. I read that there is a long uphill drag to the finish, so will favor someone strong as well as fast.

But don't believe British Cycling, a lot of the bigs are giving their nationals a big fu (that's start lists, fyi). Also, we have course info.

Women's race was won by Sharon Laws.

BELGIUM

Women's race was won by Jolien D'Hoore.

Men's race is pancake flat, close to Tombo's hometown and the weather is shite to the third degree. Startlist is here, ticker here.

Preview from Broerie

This is always a funny race with bizarre tactical manoeuvres. Many big names have said in the pas that this is the hardest race to win on the entire calendar.
This year the race will be ridden in Geel, close to where Tom Boonen lives. It’s a dead flat course with a long straight (800m) to the finish. Does this guarantee a bunch sprint? Absolutely not. Though there won’t be much wind, the forecasts are predicting rain during the race, so it might become a hard race. The weather might be a decisive factor, but so are the tactics and strategies. [...]

I predict an unpredictable race!

ITALY

Pellizotti won. Rejoice. Giada Borgato won as well. I'm hungry.

NETHERLANDS

22 times this. Shit weather. Lots of crashes, lots of DNFs. Here are the guys who started.

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Weirdly enough, Vos did not win. But Van Vleuten did.

CANADA

Denise Ramsden wins. Ryan Roth also wins.

SPAIN

Tickero. Anna Sanchis is the best chica. I wonder if I have any food in the house.

SWEDEN

Emma Johansson victorious.

CZECH REP / SLOVAKIA

Racing together, like good friends. Go Stybs. Startlist.

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