Canyon-SRAM takes nine medals in national championships week
Jul 02 2019 04:57 am CET

Canyon-SRAM takes nine medals in national championships week
Canyon-SRAM takes nine medals in national championships week
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Canyon-SRAM has taken nine medals in the national championships week. The squad took five titles on the road and the time trial in different countries.

Alice Barnes took the road and the TT titles of Great Britain while her sister Hannah took the bronze medal in the fight against the clock. "I'm in a little bit of shock really. It was a hard race," said Alice after the road race. "There were two girls away, and then I went across with Abby-Mae Parkinson, and so all four of us were working really well. I didn't want to leave it to the sprint, so I attacked with a couple of corners to go, trusted my tyres and went for it. After the final corner I saw no one was coming around me but I just went all the way to the line. I'm just really happy."

The rider also commented on her TT performance. "The course was pretty rolling, harder on the way out with the wind and more climbing," she commented. "I hadn't ridden the course before with a lack of time after coming from the European Games. I followed a U23 boy in the morning, to get an idea of the course at race pace. I went out harder than I was planning as this was my mistake at the European Games and I didn't want to make it again. My legs felt really good and I paced it perfectly. I am really happy to have won my first elite title and will wear the stripes with pride."

Hannah also talked about her time trial. "I was feeling good during the ride and felt like I executed it well so I can be happy about that but I'm a little disappointed with the overall result."

Lisa Klein took the German TT title. "I paced it like we planned, and I had a good race, including a PB in my 20-minute power output," the rider said. "I could hold my aero position the whole race which is pleasing. I'm very happy for the result and everyone that believed in me. It shows me that I can perform at a high level also on a flat, non-technical course, and not only undulating ones. It's a satisfying feeling!"

She took the silver medal in the road race, crossing the finish line behind Lisa Brennauer. "I am happy about our team's performance, we worked together and I could finish it off with second in the uphill sprint finish," Klein explained. "For sure I wanted to win to bring the jersey back onto my shoulders and to our team, but I was not the strongest in this sprint. This gives me motivation to work with my coach to be able to have a better sprint."

In Israel, Rotem Gafinovitz became TT champion and Omer Shapira took the road title. "Our ITT race was in the south of Israel," said Gafinovitz. "It was an out-and-back type course, not very technical, but rather undulating with two hills in the middle of the race. My race was slower than I had planned, but I didn't have the best power in the week leading up to it, so it wasn't really a surprise. I'm very happy to defend my title, and to wear the blue and white stripes for another year is great!"

"The circuit was 23.5km with a climb of around 3km to the finish, Rotem and I managed to stay by ourselves already in the end of the first lap," added Shapira. "We rode together until the end of the third lap and from there I went by myself, so I did about a 30km TT to the finish! It was very nice and emotional finish. I’m very happy to keep wearing this jersey, I’ll do my best to keep representing my nation as best I can."

Alena Amialiusik took the silver medal in the time trial and the bronze in the road race of Belarus. "I suffered a little bit in the ITT with not very good legs after travelling the day before and coming off a hard block of training," she affirmed. "I was only one second off winning, but I gave everything I could, so I have to be satisfied with that.

"The day after we had the road race and it was really active! I was up against the full Minsk Cycling Team so they were making it hard for me. Looking back, I should have changed my tactic but it's easy to say that now. I raced hard and got third, and now I have to move back into our nice team colours, so it isn't so bad!"




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