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Boonen and Boassen Hagen among cycling's new national champions (+ list)

Brammeier hat-trick in Ireland, Pellizotti back from ban to win in Italy

Tom Boonen and Edvald Boasson Hagen are among the riders who will be sporting new national champion’s jerseys for the forthcoming year after a hectic weekend’s racing in Europe and beyond, those riders regaining their titles in, respectively, Belgium and Norway.

Among other performances worthy of note are Liverpool-born Matt Brammeier, pretty much the first to congratulate former British Olympic Academy alumnus Mark Cavendish on his world championship victory last September, winning the Irish championship for the third year in a row.

Meawhile, his Omega Pharma-Quick Step colleague Niki Terpstra took on most of the Rabobank team single-handedly – 18 entrants were registered either to the ProTeam or its development team – to win back the Dutch road race title he had previously won in 2010.

Elsewhere, on a very tough course in Italy, Franco Pellizotti, who only last month returned from a two-year ban imposed as a result of biological passport irregularities, is the new Italian champion after launching the Androni Giocattolo rider launched a solo attack in the last lap of the race in Borgo Valsugana.

Here’s an updated (though not exhaustive) list of the current national champions in both the road and time trial disciplines.

National road champions

Australia: Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge)
Belgium: Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma)
Canada: Ryan Roth (SpiderTech)
Croatia: Vladimir Miholjevic (Acqua & Sapone)
Czech Republic: Milan Kadlec (ASC Dukla Prague)
Denmark Sebastian Lander (Glud & Marstrand)
Estonia: Tanel Kangert (Astana)
France: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-BigMat)
Germany: Fabian Wegmann (Garmin)
Great Britain: Ian Stannard (Sky)
Ireland: Matthew Brammeier (Omega Pharma)
Italy: Franco Pellizotti (Androni)
Kazakhstan: Assan Bazayev (Astana)
Latvia: Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis)
Luxembourg: Laurent Didier (RadioShack)
Moldova: Alexandr Pliuschin (Leopard)
Netherlands: Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma)
Norway: Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)
Poland: Michal Golas (Omega Pharma)
Russia: Eduard Vorganov (Katusha)
Slovakia: Peter Sagan (Liquigas)
South Africa: Robert Hunter (Garmin)
Spain: Francisco Ventoso (Movistar)
Switzerland: Martin Kohler (BMC)
Ukraine: Andriy Grivko (Astana)
USA: Timothy Duggan (Liquigas)

National time trial champions

Australia: Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge)
Canada: Svein Tuft (GreenEdge)
Czech Republic: Jan Barta (Netapp)
Denmark: Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack)
Estonia: Rein Taaramae (Cofidis)
France: Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma)
Germany: Tony Martin (Omega Pharma)
Great Britain: Alex Dowsett (Sky)
Italy: Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma)
Latvia: Gatis Smukulis (Katusha)
Luxembourg: Bob Jungels (Leopard)
Netherlands: Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil)
Russia: Denis Menchov (Katusha)
Spain: Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank)
Switzerland: Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack)
Ukraine: Andriy Grivko (Astana)
USA: David Zabriskie (Garmin)

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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