September 29, 2019
World Championships 2019 – Road Race – Leeds – Harrogate : 261,8 km
The 2019 UCI Road World Championships will take place in Yorkshire, Great Britain from September 21-29.
September 29, 2019
World Championships 2019 – Road Race – Leeds – Harrogate : 261,8 km
The 2019 UCI Road World Championships will take place in Yorkshire, Great Britain from September 21-29. The racing will be centred around Harrogate, but start locations will be spread across the county, in Ripon, Northallerton, Richmond, Doncaster, Bradford and Leeds.
Mads Pedersen emerged victorious at the UCI Road World Championships elite men’s road race in a brutally wet, cold and and treacherous six plus hours of racing, smartly making the winning breakaway and then handily out-sprinting Matteo Trentin (Italy) and Stefan Küng (Switzerland).
“It’s unbelievable. I didn’t expect this when we started this morning. It was an unbelievable day,” Pedersen said. “It’s every rider’s dream to wear this jersey and for me to do it now, it’s unbelievable.”
It was a race of attrition, luck and good timing in Yorkshire, with flooding forcing the UCI to shorten the race by 23.5km. The race was still plenty selective with many pre-race favourites including defending champion Alejandro Valverde (Spain) abandoning the race.
Küng initiated the breakaway on the fifth to last lap, with Pedersen bridging across before being joined by Gianni Moscon (Italy) and then Trentin and Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands).
Van der Poel cracked on the last lap, while Moscon lost contact on the final trip up Oak Beck with 5km to go, leaving three men fighting for the medals. Trentin waited until he saw the 200m to go sign and opened up his sprint, but found only cold, dead legs when it mattered most.
Pedersen powered past him to snatch the rainbow jersey, the first Danish men’s winner in history. The 23-year-old said he only attacked to work for teammate Jakob Fuglsang, but when Belgium could not reel in the attack he took his chances.
“The plan was to get me out in the early final (laps) and then Belgium and Fuglsang would come from behind. But in the end, they didn’t follow Van der Poel and Trentin when they came to my group. Then it was just survive, survive, survive and then hope for the best in the sprint,” Pedersen said.
“I just hoped that when I saw the finish line all the pain would be gone and I could do a good sprint. It’s six and a half hours on the bike, and everyone is on the limit. Anything could happen in that sprint.
“You have to be focussed the whole day and stay in front – but it’s one of the last races of the season so it’s just about being focussed for six and a half hours, not have any bad luck and hope for the best.”
How it unfolded
The worst-case scenario played out in Yorkshire for the elite men’s road race, with heavy rain and flooding forcing the UCI to shorten the race by 23.5km and bypass two climbs in the Yorkshire Dales.
It was so cold and wet, the peloton looked like they were out on a training run, with leg warmers, long-fingered gloves and a mishmash of trade team rain caps clashing with the national team kits.
It was a day for the hard men, and group of heavy hitters went clear in the early kilometres after a fast start, with 11 men away after 25km, including Nairo Quintana (Colombia), Richard Carapaz (Colombia), Primoz Roglic (Slovenia), Jan Polanc (Slovenia), Magnus Cort (Denmark), Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic), Silvan Dillier (Switzerland), Maciej Bodnar (Poland), Jonas Koch (Germany), Hugo Houle (Canada) and Alex Howes (USA).
They built up more than four minutes over the peloton that was afflicted with punctures, crashes, mechanicals and misery. Favourite Mathieu van der Poel had a flat, Pavel Sivakov and Tadej Pogacar tangled and crashed, Ben Gastauer (Luxembourg) was run into by the Irish team car and needed a new bike.
Belgium sacrificed Remco Evenepoel to help Philippe Gilbert get back on after a crash at the start of the nine finishing circuits, but neither rider made it to the finish.
Other big names abandoned in the finishing circuits, with Ireland losing both Dan Martin and Sam Bennett. With six laps to go, defending champion Alejandro Valverde (Spain) was dropped and abandoned. It was more tired legs and frozen bodies that led to the attrition rather than aggressive racing.
Closing laps, time for attacks
With five laps to go, the USA’s Lawson Craddock attacked and was joined by Stefan Kung (Switzerland) and they began to forge a small gap.
The move seemed to settle the peloton a bit, as France, Italy and Belgium amassed on the front of the bunch and led through a much-needed feed zone. Pre-race favourite Alexey Lutsenko, who suffered several mechanicals, dropped out of the race with 53km to go.
Although the rain let up somewhat, the course was still treacherous as Michael Albasini (Switzerland) found out when he hit a drain cover and crashed with 47km to go.
As the chaos disrupted the bunch, Mads Pederson (Denmark) attacked out of the peloton and bridged to the two leaders. He came with such speed that Craddock could not hang on and was forced to chase with Dutchman Mike Teunissen before again losing touch and going backwards.
Gianni Moscon (Italy) set off in pursuit of the leaders, passing Craddock. Under the banner for three laps to go, Teunissen had joined Pederson and Küng while Italian soon clawed his way up to the group. The peloton, led by Oliver Naesen (Belgium) loomed not too far back at 20 seconds.
The gap went out to 27 seconds before Nils Politt (Germany) launched an attack, and he was closely marked by Belgium’s Dylan Teuns, and soon joined by Lukas Pöstlberger (Austria) and Dani Martinez (Colombia).
With 33km to go, Van der Poel made his move, leaping out of the peloton and ploughing past the first chasers with Matteo Trentin (Italy). Martinez hung on for a time but dropped back, as Van der Poel and Trentin joined the trio ahead.
Just 30km to go and it was Van der Poel, Moscon, Pedersen, Küng and Trentin – advantage Italy.
Another counterattack came from the peloton with Gorka Izagirre (Spain) joined by Toms Skujins (Latvia) and Carlos Betancur (Colombia) at 12 seconds with two laps to go, the peloton at 25 seconds and the cold British rain pounding harder on the race.
The storm dampened the motivation of the chasers, and the gaps began to widen as Trentin and Van der Poel took big pulls with 25km remaining.
Tim Wellens (Belgium) came to the front to reel in the attackers, but stronger pulls by the leaders saw the gap yawn out to 51 seconds with 20km to go with the Izagirre group in sight of the peloton.
It was a precarious situation for the peloton with Van Avermaet, Alaphilippe and Sagan still biding their time. Finally, Alberto Bettiol (Italy) pegged back the Izagirre trio on the Oak Beck ascent, but still the gap persisted.
Final lap, Van der Poel cracks
With one lap to go, the leaders had 48 seconds and although Moscon had a moment of weakness, he fought his way back in and set to work for Trentin.
Six full hours into the race, the rain had let up, leaving a dank mist hanging over the elite men’s race. The rain vests were unzipped and discarded as the heat of pure effort shielded the riders from the cold.
Inexplicably, with 12.7km to go, Van der Poel cracked – his inexperience in this length of a race finally coming back to bite him. Advantage Italy, with a 50 per cent make up in the leading group and a minute on the bunch.
Desperation rose in the peloton as the kilometres ticked down and still the gap would not close. Germany tried but simply could not make a dent.
Küng pushed the pace up Oak Beck and cracked Moscon, leaving all the medals at the front of the race. His face a rictus of pain, the Swiss rider seemed to put Pedersen into some difficulty but made no dent in Trentin’s reservoir of strength.
Peter Sagan (Slovakia) attacked out of the peloton with 4km to go but it was far too late. Trentin parked himself on the back of the lead group with 2km to go, just biding his time for the finish line to come into sight.
But when the sprint came the Italian, who on any other occasion should have been the obvious winner, had nothing left in his legs and Pedersen powered past to the finish line to make history as the first Danish winner in the men’s race three years after Amalie Dideriksen became the country’s first elite world champion.
1 Mads Pedersen (Denmark) 6:27:28
2 Matteo Trentin (Italy)
3 Stefan Kung (Switzerland) 0:00:02
4 Gianni Moscon (Italy) 0:00:17
5 Peter Sagan (Slovakia) 0:00:43
6 Michael Valgren Andersen (Denmark) 0:00:45
7 Alexander Kristoff (Norway) 0:01:10
8 Greg van Avermaet (Belgium)
9 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spain)
10 Rui Costa (Portugal)
11 Sonny Colbrelli (Italy)
12 Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark)
13 Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic)
14 Carlos Betancur (Colombia)
15 John Degenkolb (Germany)
16 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spain) 0:01:14
17 Amund Grondahl Jansen (Norway)
18 Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia)
19 Nils Politt (Germany) 0:01:22
20 Niki Terpstra (Netherlands)
21 Toms Skujins (Latvia) 0:01:46
22 Michael Albasini (Switzerland) 0:01:48
23 Tony Gallopin (France) 0:01:50
24 Michael Matthews (Australia) 0:01:57
25 Alberto Bettiol (Italy)
26 Tao Geoghegan Hart (Great Britain) 0:02:20
27 Marc Hirschi (Switzerland)
28 Julian Alaphilippe (France) 0:02:26
29 Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Colombia) 0:03:59
30 Felix Grossschartner (Austria)
31 Ben Swift (Great Britain) 0:06:38
32 Yves Lampaert (Belgium) 0:07:48
33 Oliver Naesen (Belgium) 0:08:07
34 Sven Erik Bystrom (Norway)
35 Tim Wellens (Belgium)
36 Mike Teunissen (Netherlands)
37 Dylan Teuns (Belgium)
38 Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Colombia)
39 Andrey Amador (Costa Rica)
40 Chad Haga (United States Of America) 0:10:27
41 Neilson Powless (United States Of America)
42 Benoit Cosnefroy (France) 0:10:52
43 Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands)
44 Imanol Erviti (Spain) 0:14:48
45 Lucas Eriksson (Sweden)
46 Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic) 0:19:25
DNF Jack Haig (Australia)
DNF Lukas Postlberger (Austria)
DNF Florian Senechal (France)
DNF Dylan van Baarle (Netherlands)
DNF Adam Yates (Great Britain)
DNF Patrick Konrad (Austria)
DNF Marco Haller (Austria)
DNF Bauke Mollema (Netherlands)
DNF Luka Pibernik (Slovenia)
DNF Aleksandr Riabushenko (Belarus)
DNF Nikias Arndt (Germany)
DNF Davide Cimolai (Italy)
DNF Juraj Sagan (Slovakia)
DNF Magnus Cort Nielsen (Denmark)
DNF Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (Colombia)
DNF Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
DNF Michael Woods (Canada)
DNF Christophe Laporte (France)
DNF Michal Golas (Poland)
DNF Nathan Haas (Australia)
DNF Marc Soler (Spain)
DNF Pascal Ackermann (Germany)
DNF Ruben Guerreiro (Portugal)
DNF Alex Kirsch (Luxembourg)
DNF Alo Jakin (Estonia)
DNF Lawson Craddock G (United States Of America)
DNF Simon Clarke (Australia)
DNF Luke Durbridge (Australia)
DNF Hermann Pernsteiner (Austria)
DNF Giovanni Visconti (Italy)
DNF Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan)
DNF Grega Bole (Slovenia)
DNF Simon Geschke (Germany)
DNF Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)
DNF Michael Morkov (Denmark)
DNF Jonathan Caicedo (Ecuador)
DNF Remi Cavagna (France)
DNF Luis Leon Sanchez (Spain)
DNF Salvatore Puccio (Italy)
DNF Christopher Juul Jensen (Denmark)
DNF Jack Bauer (New Zealand)
DNF Pieter Weening (Netherlands)
DNF Rafal Majka (Poland)
DNF Pawel Poljanski (Poland)
DNF Jasha Sutterlin (Germany)
DNF Lukasz Wisniowski (Poland)
DNF Nicolas Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain)
DNF Josef Cerny (Czech Republic)
DNF Kasper Asgreen (Denmark)
DNF Sam Bennett (Ireland)
DNF Danilo Wyss (Switzerland)
DNF Benjamin Perry (Canada)
DNF Eduard-michael Grosu (Romania)
DNF Emils Liepins (Latvia)
DNF Rory Townsend (Ireland)
DNF Matej Mohoric (Slovenia)
DNF Anthony Roux (France)
DNF Diego Ulissi (Italy)
DNF Bob Jungels (Luxembourg)
DNF Jose Rojas (Spain)
DNF Yukiya Arashiro (Japan)
DNF Jonas Koch (Germany)
DNF Mitchell Docker (Australia)
DNF Michael Schar (Switzerland)
DNF Casper Phillip Pedersen (Denmark)
DNF Pavel Sivakov (Russian Federation)
DNF Eduardo Sepulveda (Argentina)
DNF Sebastian Henao Gomez (Colombia)
DNF Carl Fredrik Hagen (Norway)
DNF Dion Smith (New Zealand)
DNF Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands)
DNF Marcus Burghardt (Germany)
DNF Aleksandr Vlasov (Russian Federation)
DNF Hugo Houle (Canada)
DNF Owain Doull (Great Britain)
DNF Alejandro Valverde (Spain)
DNF Tim Declercq (Belgium)
DNF Alex Howes (United States Of America)
DNF Sergei Chernetskii (Russian Federation)
DNF Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kazakhstan)
DNF Nairo Quintana (Colombia)
DNF Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania)
DNF Conor Dunne (Ireland)
DNF Michael Gogl (Austria)
DNF Erik Baska (Slovakia)
DNF James Piccoli (Canada)
DNF Jan Polanc (Slovenia)
DNF Stylianos Farantakis (Greece)
DNF Tanel Kangert (Estonia)
DNF Kim Magnusson (Sweden)
DNF Edward Dunbar (Ireland)
DNF Jose Goncalves (Portugal)
DNF Remco Evenepoel (Belgium)
DNF Stepan Kuriyanov (Russian Federation)
DNF Julien Bernard (France)
DNF David Per (Slovenia)
DNF Yevgeniy Gidich (Kazakhstan)
DNF Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan)
DNF Ben Gastauer (Luxembourg)
DNF Silvan Dillier (Switzerland)
DNF Nicholas Dlamini (South Africa)
DNF Rui Oliveira (Portugal)
DNF Maciej Bodnar (Poland)
DNF Rein Taaramae (Estonia)
DNF Ian Stannard (Great Britain)
DNF Krists Neilands (Latvia)
DNF Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway)
DNF Evaldas Siskevicius (Lithuania)
DNF Shane Archbold (New Zealand)
DNF Jan Barta (Czech Republic)
DNF Hideto Nakane (Japan)
DNF Primoz Roglic (Slovenia)
DNF Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)
DNF Jos van Emden (Netherlands)
DNF Daniel Martin (Ireland)
DNF Yuriy Natarov (Kazakhstan)
DNF Guillaume Boivin (Canada)
DNF Rory Sutherland (Australia)
DNF Daryl Impey (South Africa)
DNF Mihkel Raim (Estonia)
DNF Nelson Oliveira (Portugal)
DNF Richard Carapaz (Ecuador)
DNF Frantisek Sisr (Czech Republic)
DNF Tom Wirtgen (Luxembourg)
DNF Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Colombia)
DNF Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece)
DNF Antoine Duchesne (Canada)
DNF Antonio Barac (Croatia)
DNF Jan Andrej Cully (Slovakia)
DNF Peter Kusztor (Hungary)
DNF Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic)
DNF Dmitrii Strakhov (Russian Federation)
DNF Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecuador)
DNF Jefferson Cepeda (Ecuador)
DNF Stefan de Bod (South Africa)
DNF Ryan Mullen (Ireland)
DNF Rohan Dennis (Australia)
DNF Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spain)
DNF Jan Tratnik (Slovenia)
DNF Lukasz Owsian (Poland)
DNF Alexander Evtushenko (Russian Federation)
DNF Natnael Berhane (Eritrea)
DNF Mekseb Debesay (Eritrea)
DNF Merhawi Kudus (Eritrea)
DNF Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea)
DNF Patrick Bevin (New Zealand)
DNF Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)
DNF Marton Dina (Hungary)
DNF Dirk Coetzee (Namibia)
DNS Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa)
DNS Mark Padun (Ukraine)