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Danish National Championships - CN

Denmark, June 26-29, 2008

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The program

  • Day 1 - June 26: Time Trials: Elite Men, Women, Juniors,
  • Day 2 - June 28: Road Races: Elite Women,
  • Day 3 - June 29: Road Races: Elite Men, Juniors,

Rasmussens favourites for weekend titles

By Ben Atkins

This weekend's Danish championships will take place in the town of Fåborg on the south coast of the island of Fyn, a few hundred kilometres to the west of Copenhagen. The men will race over a distance of 196.8km, consisting of 16 laps of a 12.3km circuit that features a small climb of just over 90 metres in height at around half distance.

Reigning champion Alex Rasmussen returns to defend his title, leading a 16 man strong Designa Køkken team against a largely home-based field. Probably the strongest opposition will come from the nine CSC riders in the field.

Consisting of Nicki Sørensen, Lasse Bøchmann, Michael Blaudzun, André Steensen, Lars Bak, Anders Lund, Kasper Klostergaard, Chris Anker Sørensen and Matti Breschel, all of the ProTour riders will be looking to please the team's new Danish sponsor by taking its national championship jersey. Without any team-mates, but still capable of a result against the odds is 1999 champion Frank Høj (Cofidis).

The women will do nine laps of the same circuit adding up to a total of 110.7km. 2005 winner and last year's silver medallist Dorthe Lohse Rasmussen (Swift Racing) returns to try to go one better again this year.

Rasmussen will have competition from a large domestic field and two other strong riders from the European peloton. Track specialist Trine Schmidt (Menikini-Selle Italia-Master Color) will be chasing her first national title, and 2006 champion Linda Villumsen Serup (Team Columbia) will hope to impress her team's new sponsor with a second.

Past winners

Elite Men - Top three

2007 Alex Rasmussen                Jacob Moe                  Jonas Aaen Jørgensen 
2006 Allan Johansen                Jacob Moe Rasmussen        Troels Vinther 
2005 Lars Bak                      Lars Michaelsen            Matti Breschel 
2004 Michael Blaudzun              Stig Dam                   Matti Breschel 
2003 Nicki Sørensen                Allan Johansen             Bo Hamburger 
2002 Michael Sandstød              Michael Blaudzun           Bo Hamburger 
2001 Jacob Piil                    Nicolai Bo Larsen          Michael Blaudzun 
2000 Bo Hamburger                  Nicolaj Bo Larsen          Rolf Sørensen

Elite Women - Top three

2007 Karina Hegelund               Dorthe Lohse               Mette Fischer Andreasen 
2006 Linda Serup                   Mie Bekker Lacota          Dorthe Lohse 
2005 Dorthe Lohse                  Linda Serup                Janne Bruhn-Henriksen 
2004 Pernille Langelund Jakobsen   Dorte Lohse Rasmussen      Mette Fischer Andreasen 
2003 Lisbeth Simper                Dorte Lohse Rasmussen      Trine Hansen. 
2002 Lisbeth Simper                Vibe Kolding               Mette Fisher Andreasen 
2001 Lisbeth Simper                Pernille L. Jakobsen       Lotte Bak. 
2000 Mette F. Andreasen            Line Lykke-Meyer           Sanne Schmidt