The Tour de France will award a yellow jersey in Yorkshire on Saturday, but last weekend cyclists raced for their home colours. Vincenzo Nibali won in Italy, André Greipel in Germany and Arnaud Démare in France – riders who will all wear national jerseys in Yorkshire this coming weekend.
Italy – Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
Nibali’s Astana team helped him wear down his rivals leading to the line in Fondo, where he won ahead of Davide Formolo (Cannondale). The race – one of the few championships on Saturday – doubled as the Trofeo Melinda, which Nibali already won in 2010.
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“I’d marked this day in red on my calendar. This is the first win of my season and a perfect one to begin with,” Nibali said.
“Froome and Contador showed well at the Dauphiné, but I know the work I’ve done and I’m confident I’ll be ready for the Tour.”
Germany – André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)
Greipel sprinted to his second consecutive title in Baunatal-Edermünde ahead of John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano).
“Sieberg set me up and I started to sprint in the last 250 meters. I’m happy I could hold off John Degenkolb. It was perfect again, just like last year. It was a special moment,” Greipel said.
“I was riding in the red Lotto-Belisol jersey for one day, but of course I was hoping I could put back on that German jersey. I’m happy and proud to wear it for another year.”
France – Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr)
Démare already received the ‘oui’ from FDJ over Nacer Bouhanni to ride the Tour de France, but rubbed in the fact with a sprint win over his team-mate in Futuroscope.
“It is already huge to race the Tour de France for the first time,” Démare explained. “Having France’s national jersey adds yet another dimension.”
Austria: Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing)
Belarus: Yauheni Hutarovich (Ag2r La Mondiale)
Belgium: Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Belisol)
Canada: Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEdge)
Czech Republic: Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
Denmark: Michael Valgren (Tinkoff-Saxo)
Finland: Jussi Veikkanen (FDJ.fr)
Great Britain: Peter Kennaugh (Sky)
Japan: Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek Factory Racing)
Luxembourg: Fränk Schleck (Trek Factory Racing)
Portugal: Nelson Oliveira (Lampre-Merida)
Russia: Alexander Porsev (Katusha)
Slovakia: Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
Spain: Ion Izaguirre (Movistar)
Switzerland: Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling)
The Netherlands: Sebastian Langeveld (Garmin-Sharp)
Sky finish one, two, four and five as Orica's Simon Yates completes podium.