With national championships of many countries completed on Sunday, cycling’s European championships are on this week in Plouay, France.
The Olympic TT champion from Rio, Anna van der Breggen, won the time trial in the European championships overnight, finishing 31 seconds ahead of her Dutch compatriot Ellen van Dijk and 59 seconds faster than Marlen Reussen from Switzerland.
In the elite men’s race, the Swiss TT champion Stefan Küng, relegated Frenchman Rémi Cavagna (at 18”), Belgium’s reigning hour record holder Victor Campenaerts (22”), to the minor steps on the podium, with British time trial specialist Alex Dowsett (1’04”) ranked fourth.
Küng is now due to travel to Nice in time for the Grand Départ of the 107th Tour de France which begins on Saturday. On a route that features only one time trial – on a short, tough, climbing course to La Planches des Belles Filles on the final Saturday – the Swiss rider is expected to be in the eight-man Groupama-FDJ line-up.
His team’s bike supplier, Lapierre, has been working on new frame designs and the 26-year-old former individual pursuit world champion raced an Aerostorm with disc brakes in Plouay.