Europe – It was a big road racing weekend as all major cycling countries held their respective National Championships and, when all said and done, Argos-Shimano walked away with six podium finishes.
Beginning in Germany, it was Patrick Gretsch (above) who earned an impressive second place finish behind only World TT Champ, Tony Martin. Patrick clocked a blistering 1:02:41 over the 50.5k course for an average speed of over 47.5kph, proving he is definitely one of the world’s best at this discipline.
In the German elite men’s road race (above), it was 2013 Giro stage winner John Degenkolb who took third in a rainy 225k affair that ended in a bunch finish. Happy but at the same time a bit disappointed over what might have been, John looks forward to the Tour de France which begins this coming Saturday on the island of Corsica. Finally, Elke Gebhardt grabbed second in a close bunch finish in the 112.5k German women’s road race. It should be noted that Elke also took sixth in her country’s National Championship TT.
In Sweden, Team Argos-Shimano’s Tobias Ludvigsson continues to develop as a top-tier cycling talent as the 22yr-old clocked an impressive 55:29 in the 43.2km course finishing behind time trialling veteran Gustav Erik Larsson to take second place. Aboard his Felt DA, Tobias averaged 46.7kph for the event.
Finally, another 22yr-old on Team Argos-Shimano continues to turn heads as Tom Dumoulin (above) grabbed two podium places in the Dutch National Championships, taking third in the TT followed by second in the road race. Tom has emerged as a young man who can do it all and between his TT prowess and road racing strengths and smarts, may well turn some head’s when the Tour de France starts next Saturday.