The final week of August finished with 7 medals for Sidi and its athletes in the National and European Championships.

Just a few days before the start of the first Grand Tour of the season, in this intense and exciting week the Sidi riders were awarded prestigious national and European jerseys.

Last Sunday, on the Grand-Champ circuit, Arnaud Demare claimed the victory in the final sprint, after his Groupama-FDJ had led the whole race masterfully, confirming his top form that had sealed his success at Milan-Turin. The young man from Picardy, who managed to close the gap on Alaphilippe’s breakaway and to outsprint a springing Coquard, wears the national jersey for the third time, after succeeding in 2014 and 2017. In his statements, he did not hesitate to say that this is definitely the best victory in the national championships, given the standard of the competition and the adrenaline of the last two km. “It was an unusual sprint, and I rode toward the unknown,” he told the press. “I didn’t trust neither Bryan, because he’s very experienced on the track, nor Julian who, right now, is the best attacker in the world, but my legs matched my ambitions.”

In the long weekend of the national Championships, France brought Sidi good luck, as two athletes on the Team Absolute Absalon claimed the title of national champions in the Men U23 and Men Elite categories at the MTB national championships in Les Menuires. Mathias Azzaro dominated the U23 race from beginning to end, and Jordan Sarrou delivered the gold medal in the Elite race, riding solo in the final three laps and stepping on the podium with his teammate Titouan Carod, who finished second. 

In Norway, Sven Erik Bystrøm claimed the Elite Road Race National Championships title, outsprinting his few rivals, whilst the young neo pro Veljko Stojnic is the new Elite Time Trial national champion in Serbia. Pello Bilbao dominated the Elite Time Trial in Spain.

The European Championships in Plouay also yielded great satisfaction. On Wednesday, 26 August, the Italian Elisa Balsamo claimed the European jersey in the U23 mass start race, beating the Dutch Lonneke Uneken and the Danish Emma Cecilie Norsgaard with a flashing sprint.


Another intense week of races is over. The next much-anticipated appointment is just behind the corner: the athletes from team Sidi are ready to tackle three weeks flat out in the Tour de France that, for the first time after WWII, will not be raced during the hot French month of July.