It's that time of year again when pretty much the rest of the world, or at least most of Europe, hold their national road cycling championships. Here's a wrap of the individual time trial races won by the more widely known riders.
Saturday 25 Jun 2016

Three months ago Trixi Worrack (Canyon//SRAM) had her fully ruptured kidney removed after a crash at the Alfredo Trofeo Binda race in Italy. 

Yesterday she stood on the top step of the podium at her national road cycling championships in Germany. 

Worrack's time on the 26.2km course was 36 minutes and 47 seconds, 21 seconds faster than Stephanie Pohl (Cervelo Bigla) and 50 seconds faster than team-mate Llisa Brennauer. 

"I'm super pleased today. I saw the course once before. It was hilly with no real flat sections and at the end a harder climb." said Worrack.

"Mieke (Kröger), Lisa (Brennauer) and I all started one after the other, so I had Alex Bauer and Erik Zabel in the car following me. I wasn't sure really how hard to go at the start of the race. Because of my long break from racing I didn't know how long I could sustain the power for in a time trial for 26km."

Tony Martin won his sixth individual national time trial in Germany and his first victory for 2016. 

The time trial master covered the 41km long rolling course in 49 minutes and 14 seconds and was the only rider to finish in under 50 minutes. 

At an average speed of 49.97km per hour, Martin put a minute and a half into second-placed Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar). 

“I’m happy about this win, because it’s never easy to do it when everybody is expecting it," Martin said.

"The parcours wasn’t totally flat, had a few hills and some tricky corners, which you had to be careful not to overcook. Considering these and the hot temperatures, it wasn’t easy to find my rhythm, so that’s why I’m even more satisfied about this victory, which I see as a good test ahead of the Tour de France and Olympic Games.

Martin has won the last five of his six titles in a row.   

Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quickstep) defended his ITT title in Berbourg yesterday with a time of 17 minutes and 44 seconds on the 15km course. 

After enjoying a successful Giro with his stint in pink, sixth place overall and the best young rider's classification, Jungels beat Jean-Pierre Drucker (BMC) by half a minute. 

“I’m really happy about my race and this title. Wearing this jersey is always great and I can’t wait to show it off as soon as possible in a race," he said. 

"It was a hard course with a few small climbs and false flat sections where it was important to speed up. Actually, I’m quite surprised with the rhythm I managed to keep after a few weeks without competing and this means I’ve recovered well from the Giro d’Italia," Jungels added.

His success at the Giro came after a third overall and the white jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico plus a stage win at the Tour of Oman. 

“So far, this season has been really special for me and I hope to be able to keep this momentum going for as long as possible.

"On Sunday I will also ride in the road race at the Nationals. The course is harder than today and as always the race will be super fast, but I will try to do my best.”

Jungels has well and truly arrived as a serious GC contender. 

 

While unsurprising these three won their respective national time trial titles, it's still hard to do. 

Siutsou's results were not available at this current time.

 

 

 

Alex Dowsett won his fifth Great Britain time trial title on a soggy course. 

Ion Izagirre's success continues after his second place overall at the Tour de Suisse and his ITT stage win there.

And rounding it out for Movistar is Nelson Oliveira, the new ITT champion of Portugal.

 

 

Contenders test their Tour de France legs
The Tour de France yellow jersey is the most coveted prize in cycling, with the top riders in the world all basing their seasons around being the best in July. So who’s coming into the race with the best legs?

A good result for Thibaut Pinot as he heads to the Tour de France next week as a challenger for the overall.  

 

Retiring after this year, Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) was hungry for one last Swiss national TT title even though he'll only wear it for half a season. And he got it. It is his 10th national TT title.