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IAM Cycling aims to win some jerseys during the national road and time trial championships

While preparations for the Tour de France (July 4-26) are well on their way behind the scenes for IAM Cycling, the week promises to be a busy one for many riders. Back from the Tour of Switzerland, the ZLM Tour, and the European Games in Baku, most professionals will try to recover to be fit and ready for their national time trial events that are scheduled for mid-week, and especially for the road race championships that are planned for this coming Sunday in all European countries.

For Switzerland, Romandie will be highlighted mid-week. After Nyon was the location several years ago, Chalet-à-Gobet will host the time trial championships beginning at 5pm. The elite riders from around Switzerland will compete to win the nation time trial championship of 39,420 km that will run from Villars-Mendraz by Peney-le-Jorat and then return by the same route before finishing near the Sports Center in Mauvernay. Reto Hollenstein and Marcel Wyss will join a team of young riders who are still learning their craft, including Simon Pellaud, Marcel Aregger and Patrick Schelling.

And then on Sunday, the attention will shift to Steinmaur, a town around 20 kilometers north-west of Zurich, where the ten Swiss professionals on IAM Cycling will set out to conquer a second Swiss national road championship after Martin Elmiger won last year. The competition will be fierce with strong riders like Steve Morabito, Silvan Dillier, Danilo Wyss, Michael Albasini, Michaël Schär as well as Fabian Cancellara attending. The organizers, well known in the area of cyclocross, have designed a circuit of 24.1 kilometers, including 381 meters in altitude gain though the Wehntal towards Schneisingen, and then onto Siglistorf, Fisibach, and Bachs before arriving again at Steinmaur. The riders will cover this circuit eight times, adding up to a total of 192 kilometers. They will kick off at 1pm for a scheduled finish of around 5:30pm.

National Championships (24-25 June/ 28 June)

Switzerland:
Marcel Aregger
Martin Elmiger
Mathias Frank
Jonathan Fumeaux
Reto Hollenstein
Pirmin Lang
Simon Pellaud
Sébastien Reichenbach
Patrick Schelling
Marcel Wyss

France:
Sylvain Chavanel
Clément Chevrier
Jérôme Coppel
Jérôme Pineau

Netherlands:
Stef Clement

Belgium:
Thomas Degand
Dries Devenyns
Jonas Van Genechten

Austria:
Stefan Denifl

Norway:
Sondre Holst Enger

Spain:
Vicente Reynes

Latvia:
Aleksejs Saramotins.

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