Cobbles and mixed-gender time trials set for European Championships in Alkmaar

The 2018 European Championships podium (l-r): Mathieu van der Poel, Matteo Trentin, Wout van Aert

The European Cycling Championships will be held in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, from August 7-11, 2019. The European Cycling Association (EUC) made the official announcement on Monday morning. The championships include 13 different races, with elite men and women, U-23 and juniors taking on both road race and time trial. The courses are expected to include cobblestone passages. It will also see the introduction of the "mixed team time relay", with national teams. Under this format, a team of three men will ride a lap of the circuit course, before "handing off" to a three-woman team. The time of the second rider to cross the line in each lap will be the official time. This event replaces the team time trial. Laurens ten Dam (CCC) and Niki Terpstra (Direct Energie) are race ambassadors. "We are already busy testing and plotting the course," ten Dam told Noordhollands Dagblad. “Alkmaar and its region ...

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