This past three days included seven UCI races in Europe in five different countries. On Saturday were held the European Continental Championships, the Swedish National Championships and the Grand Prix de la Région Wallonne and on Sunday, the National Trophy Series Round 2, Int.Radquerfeldein GP Lambach/Stadl-Paura, the Superprestige Zonhoven and the Int. Radquer Hittnau.
British Champion Helen Wyman (Kona) continued her fabulous start to the season by winning the European Continental Championships held in Ipswich, Great Britain. After creating the first split, Wyman exploded the front group mid-way through the race and only Sanne van Paassen of the Netherlands was able to hold her wheel. The two were still locked together as they came onto the finishing straight where Wyman prevailed. Nikki Harris, of Great Britain, took third.
"I've had a pretty spectacular week," Wyman told BritishCycling. "Second in the World Cup, winning at Koppenberg on Thursday and now winning here is pretty exciting. I really wanted to win here today although Koppenberg was my goal and I knew if I had the form there I could carry it on to today."
World Champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) won the GP de la Région Wallonne, the C2 race held in Dottignies. Belgium on Saturday. On the seventh of 11 laps, Albert made his way across to his teammate Marcel Meisen who was solo off the front. With him, came four other riders from the 26-rider field. On the penultimate lap, Albert put in another acceleration that couldn't be matched. Meisen was second and Gerben de Knegt took third.
Sunday. Sunday's C1 Superprestige Zonhoven delivered an edge-of-your-seat final lap duel between Albert and Belgian Champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet). Three laps into the race, separation had occurred with Albert, Nys and Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Revor) were off the front. After a crash by Pauwels, the battle came down to two men who fought tooth and nail on the final lap. Nys accelerated but Albert took the inside line on a turn to take over the front. The fight continued to the finish where ultimately Nys was stronger and claimed his 47th win in a Superprestige race. Bart Aernouts (AA Drink) was third. (Watch short video summary – in Flemish – of the race).
Belgian Champion Sanne Cant (Veldritacademie Enertherm-BKCP) claimed her second victory this season at Superprestige Zonhoven. Hanka Kupfernagel (RusVelo) was second and Sabrina Stultiens (Rabobank) third. (Watch short video summary – in Flemish – of the race).
Kevin Eeckout (Coolens CT) won the C2 National Trophy Series Round 2 held in Ipswich, Great Britain on Sunday. Tom van den Bosch was second and Oliver Beckingsale (Endura MTB) third.
Meanwhile in Switzerland, Italian Enrico Franzoi won the Int. Radquer Hittnau with Swiss Lukas Winterberg, second and Italian Elia Silvestri, third. Czech riders swept the podium at the C2 Int.Radquerfeldein Lambach/Stadl-Paura in Austria with Tomas Papstka claiming the victory ahead of Ondrej Bambula and Filip Adel.
Of note - in the junior ranks this weekend, World Champion Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands continued to be undefeated by adding the title of European Champion and the victory at Superprestige Zonhoven to his already long palmares.