National Championships roundup: Jungels, Morkov, Pöstlberger and more
Jul 01 2018 11:45 pm CET

National Championships roundup: Jungels, Morkov, Pöstlberger and more
National Championships roundup: Jungels, Morkov, Pöstlberger and more
Photo by ASO/Karenn EDWARDS

The national championships continued with road races, which crowned riders that will be able to wear their countries' colours for an entire year. Here's a review of some of the champions of the day.

Bob Jungels takes fourth double

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) has won the road race of the Luxembourg national championships. This is the fifth road title for the rider.

This is the fourth time the rider wins the time trial and the road race of his country's championships. "I am happy that I get to show this great jersey for 12 more months on some of the biggest races in the world, starting with the Tour de France, next week, for which I am extremely motivated," said Jungels.

This is the 47th victory for Quick-Step Floors of the season.
WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic's Alex Kirsch and Differdange-Losch's Tom Thill were second and third of the race.

Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) also scored a double by winning the road race as well as the time trial.

Michael Mørkøv takes Danish title

Michael Mørkøv (Quick-Step Floors) has won the Danish National Championships for the second time in his career. The rider was the fastest at the final sprint.

"It feels fantastic to be able to contribute to the winning stream of Quick-Step Floors," said the rider at the end of the race. "We have won nearly 50 races this year already and I am really proud to bring another National title to the team and represent Denmark on the best cycling team in the world."

Niklas Larsen (Virtu-Cycling) and Michael Carbel (Fortuneo-Samsic) completed the Danish podium.

Lukas Pöstlberger takes solo victory in Austria

Bora-hansgrohe's Lukas Pöstlberger has taken the victory at the Austrian championships. The rider took his second national title after crossing the finish line on his own.

"I already had good sensations at the time trial on Friday," he commented. "Therefore, I knew today could be my day. To start my first Tour de France, now wearing the Austrian Champions’ jersey, is really something special and means a lot to me. Congrats to my teammates, we had the race always under control and Felix finished off a perfect team performance coming in second. Now I am looking forward to the Tour, this win gives me a lot of confidence ahead of my travel to France."

Pöstlberger's teammate Felix Grossschartner and Georg Preidler (Groupama-FDJ) stepped on the second and third places of the podium.

Sarah Rijkes (Experza-Footlogix) won the women's race.

More winners:

Kazakhstan: Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)
Finland: Anders Bäckman
Latvia: Krists Neilands (Israel Cycling Academy)
Russia: Ivan Rovny (Gazprom-Rusvelo)
Estonia: Mihkel Raim (Israel Cycling Academy)
Switzerland: Steve Morabito (Groupama-FDJ), Jolanda Neff
Ireland: Conor Dunne (Aqua Blue Sport)




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