BORA - hansgrohe's successful national championships: four titles and a total of eight medals
In outstanding style, Nils Politt took the national road title in Germany today. After a tough 190km race, he was able to break away from N. Arndt on one of the last climbs and ride solo into the jersey of the German champion.
Today the Austrian championships also continued, which were held over eleven difficult laps and 195 km around Judendorf-Straßengel in Styria. With Patrick Konrad, Lukas Pöstlberger and Marco Haller, BORA - hansgrohe had three former road champions in its ranks. The team from Raubling was further strengthened by Patrick Gamper and Felix Großschartner. In the end, it was Felix who became the new national champion, while Patrick Gamper took second and Lukas third. Teammates Patrick Konrad and Marco finished fourth and fifth respectively.
In Belgium, the title was decided in a fast finish, with Jordi Meeus narrowly missing out on victory. The young Belgian sprinter finished second behind T. Merlier.
On Thursday, the Austrian national time trial championships were also held together with the Slovenian cycling federation in Novo Mesto. Felix Großschartner put in a strong performance right from the start, and was able to win his first time trial title. Over in Germany on Friday, it was Lennard Kämna who took the national time trial title, and Nils Politt the bronze medal.
For BORA - hansgrohe these were a successful national championships with four titles and eight medals in total.
Road race GER: Nils Politt (1st place)
Road race AUT: Felix Großschartner (1st place), Patrick Gamper (2nd place), Lukas Pöstlberger (3rd place)
Road race BEL: Jordi Meeus (2nd place)
Time trial GER: Lennard Kämna (1st place), Nils Politt (3rd place)
Time Trial AUT: Felix Großschartner (1st place)
From the Finish Line
"To win today, we had to make the race difficult early on and reduce the peloton. After Emanuel Buchmann's mechanical, there were four of us in the leading group. Lennard Kämna, Simon Geschke, Nikias Arndt and me. Nikias and I then got away, Lennard and Emu controlled the back and with an attack shortly ahead of the finish I was able to break away. Everything just worked out - I had great legs and the guys did a perfect job. I'm now looking forward to spending a year in this special jersey!" - Nils Politt
"That was an unbelievably super team performance today and there is nothing else to really say other than a huge thank you to the whole team. Without them my win wouldn't have been possible and I can really only emphasise that. It was a really special day and I'm very happy to be able to race in the Austrian road as well as time trial champion's kit at my next race." - Felix Großschartner
"It was such a close finish, so I'm disappointed to not take the win. In the race, it was somewhat hectic with echelons, and I managed to eventually make it to the first group. But ultimately it all came back together for a sprint. I was right up there and fought it out to take the win, but in the end it wasn't enough, by the smallest of margins. That's what makes it that extra bit disappointing, that I came so close. But we'll have to take this disappointment and we can only move forward from here." - Jordi Meeus
"Our five riders, Luis Lührs, Lennard Kämna, Emanuel Buchmann, Nils Politt and Ben Zwiehoff put in a really strong team performance today right from the start. We had to cope with some technically challenging sections on the course, and the boys did a great job here to always be in a good position and also to be represented in the pre-deciding group. We wanted to actively shape the race and not just react, and we definitely succeeded in doing that. Nils had an incredibly strong day. With us finishing in places 1 to 5 in Austria, taking the win in Germany, and collecting silver with Jordi Meeus in Belgium, plus our titles in the time trial, it's been a more than successful week for BORA - hansgrohe. And now we're looking ahead to July and the Tour de France." - Rolf Aldag