National Championships roundup: Liane Lippert, Aude Biannic, Lotta Lepistö
Jun 30 2018 11:53 pm CET

National Championships roundup: Liane Lippert, Aude Biannic, Lotta Lepistö
National Championships roundup: Liane Lippert, Aude Biannic, Lotta Lepistö
Photo by ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

Another competition day in the national championships has left more winners that will wear their countries' colours for the next year. Here is an overview of some of the new champions.

Liane Lippert becomes the new German champion

Liane Lippert (Sunweb) has taken the victory at the German road race championships. This is the first professional victory for the 20-year-old rider.

"I'm the new German road race champion and I can't believe it!" said the rider. At first, it was a slow race with a group in front. I was chasing really hard with the other pro riders to bring the group back, then I just attacked because I know I'm not the best sprinter. I was in a smaller group and then gave everything in my sprint and then I won, I really can't believe it."

Christa Riffel (Canyon-SRAM) and Corinna Lechner (BTC City Ljubljana) completed the podium.

Aude Biannic takes the victory at road race of French Championships

Movistar's Aude Biannic has taken the title at the French championships. The rider crossed solo the finish line after attacking with five kilometres remaining of the race.

The French rider took her first title by surprise, considering that FDJ was the favourite team for the competition with its eight riders. Biannic attacked throughout the entire race and managed to leave the competitors behind at the five-kilometre mark.

"I’m so happy and full of emotions with this victory! I’m going to enjoy this so much because such great feelings aren’t something you go through every day," she commented. "I had already been French champion as a junior ten years ago, but today’s victory is another completely different thing. Being able to wear this jersey for the next 12 months in the biggest races of the calendar will be a huge pride for me."

Gladys Verhulst and Anabelle Dreville (Lotto-Soudal) stepped on the second and the third positions of the podium.

Lotta Lepistö makes it two in Finland

Cervelo-Bigla's Lotta Lepistö has been the winner of the road race of the Finnish National Championships after also taking the victory at the time trial.

Despite this is her fourth road national title, this victory was special because the race took place at just one kilometre from her family home in Noormarkku. "Even though I’ve had the jersey for a long time, I don’t take it for granted. I always have to earn it, it’s just very special to have it. I want to say thanks to everyone who kept cheering me in the race. I just kept hearing ‘Go Lotta.’ It’s nice to have the local support," she commented at the end of the day.

Eeva Sarlin and Pia Pensaari completed the podium of the Finnish race.




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