Week 11 Predictions: Continental Championships

There are only seven UCI races this weekend. Four take place in North America and the other three take place on Sunday in Europe. For the European riders, there is no racing on Saturday, giving the top riders a chance to head to Italy for Sunday’s EUC European Continental Championship. There is a warm up race with a C2 on Saturday at the same venue the Pan-American Championships will be held on Sunday.

Pan-American Championships

Elite Men

We’ve gone on and on, and on, and on about Curtis White and Kerry Werner. They’re the top two North American men this year. Every weekend one of them is found on the top step. If it’s a double weekend, they often split the victories. Werner is really gunning for this race. While we think Nationals are still the main goal, we know Werner wants this jersey. Outside of those two, it’s anyones guess, but there will be plenty of riders vying for the podium.

  1. Kerry Werner
  2. Curtis White
  3. Michael van den Ham

Elite Women

Maghalie Rochette looks to defend her title on Sunday in Midland, Ontario. Rochette picked up her third National Championship last weekend and heads into Sunday’s race in top form. Fellow Canadian Jenn Jackson has had a solid season and should be a podium contender. US riders have a great shot at the title, and podium, with riders like Clara Honsinger, Rebecca Fahringer and Ellen Noble. It should be a great race as we can pick nearly half a dozen riders who can land on the podium.

  1. Maghalie Rochette
  2. Rebecca Fahringer
  3. Clara Honsinger

EUC European Championships

Elite Men

After last weekend, the question once again arises; can anyone stop Mathieu van der Poel? The two-time defending champion looks to make it three straight in Italy. The Belgians will bring a strong squad including Eli Iserbyt, Toon Aerts, Laurens Sweeck and Michael Vanthourenhout. It looks to be a very muddy course on Sunday, which will make up for the fact that it is a pancake flat track.

  1. Mathieu van der Poel
  2. Eli Iserbyt
  3. Michael Vanthourenhout

Elite Women

Much like last year, there are nearly a dozen women who could contend for the title on Sunday. Annemarie Worst comes in as one of the favorites as she tried to defend her title. World Champion Sanne Cant hasn’t had a great start to the season, but she’s always a contender. Italy’s Eva Lechner will be gunning to have a good ride on home soil.

  1. Annemarie Worst
  2. Maud Kaptheijns
  3. Yara Kastelijn

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