This is only the sixth European championship for elite riders, but the blue and white jerseys of the title holders have become a prestigious prize in the peloton. This year, more than a thousand juniors, juniors under 23, elite women and men from 39 different countries will compete from Wednesday to Sunday for 13 titles in individual time trial, road racing and team relay.
The starting list includes Tour de France winner Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, world time trial champion Filippo Ganna from Italy, Peter Sagan from Slovakia and Marianne Vos from the Netherlands, and Remko Evenpoel and Lotte Kopecky lead the Belgian elite teams.
The races will begin on Wednesday with the junior and women’s time trial and the team relay. On Thursday, time trials will take place among athletes under 23 years old and the elite, and on Friday road races among juniors and women under 23 years old will begin. The Women’s Elite Road Race will take place on Saturday and the Men’s Elite Road Race will conclude on Sunday.
Unfortunately, the road races coincide with the final stage of the Tour of Great Britain, so Julian Alafilippe and Wout van Aert are absent, as is the UK team.