Trek-Segafredo teams take a total of four national titles
Jul 02 2019 04:07 am CET

Trek-Segafredo teams take a total of four national titles
Trek-Segafredo teams take a total of four national titles

Trek-Segafredo has taken four national championships over the weekend with his two teams. The men's and women's squads took one road and one time trial title each.

Toms Skujins took the Latvian national road title, Ruth Winder became the road champion of United States, Ryan Mullen won the Irish time trial championships for the fourth time and Anna Plichta took her first time trial title of Poland. Skujins and Winder will sport their new national jersey at the upcoming Tour de France and Giro Rosa respectively.

"It's a hard race to win because here everyone is a little bit looking at me and knows the capabilities I have," said Skujins. "I have to play it smart every time, and luckily today, I was smart and strong enough. Taking the jersey to the Tour is massive, it's been a really long time since we have had the Latvian champ in the Tour. I am honoured to wear it in the most-watched race and show the stripes to the world. Hopefully, they see the jersey not just hanging out at the back but also off the front a few times."

Winder received the help from her team to get the American title. "Tayler (Wiles) made the race super hard up the climb every time," she explained. "Honestly, she had better legs than me today; she was hurting me up the climb! But we wanted the pace to be hard and make a selective group; we knew we couldn't take the sprinters to the line. I had to be super sneaky about my attack, and I was and got away. On the last lap on the top of the climb, I saw the gap was getting pretty close, but I was giving it all I could and was just telling myself 'it's not over until it's over.'

"I could not believe it when I crossed the line; I thought everyone in the entire peloton was going to pass me in the last 50 meters! Tayler was a really awesome teammate, and I could not have done an attack like that without her pushing such a hard pace. I have had so many messages from the girls, and now I am heading over to Italy and really excited to join the team for the Giro."

For Plichta to take the time trial title was special. "I am really, really happy especially since for a few years I have been quite good in the time trial, but I have never had this title; it was really an amazing day for me," commented the rider.

"I also had my parents here, so that made it even more special, and I could share my happiness with them. I am also happy to bring this jersey to the team – when I was riding today, I was all the time thinking of the team and my teammates and how they have believed in me and supported me all year. It kept me motivated."

Mullen had some trouble prior to the TT Irish competition as his bike was misplaced by an airline one day before the race. "I am proud to have defended my national TT title, especially since it wasn't the smoothest 24 hours lead-in with a travel day of doom and not getting my road or time trial bike," he affirmed. "Thanks to everyone who helped me get set up. It's finally nice to win a race in 2019."



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