Appalling Conditions Cause Major Crashes at World Championships

A scary slip n' slide on the road

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As torrential rain fell and roads flooded in Harrogate, two riders in the men’s event suffered dramatic crashes directly caused by the conditions. Denmark’s European champion Johan Price-Pejtersen saw his hopes of victory ended when he rode around a bend and into a deep trench of water which sent him flying from his bike. Hungary’s Attila Valter looked like he was riding a water slide when he came off on a descent and went careering down the road.

Price-Pejtersen began the day as one of the favorites as European champion but finished last following his spill. The race was won by Price-Pejtersen’s compatriot Mikkel Bjerg, who took the title for a third consecutive year.

“I think it was a bit extreme,” the Dane said. “In my opinion I think they should have cancelled it for a bit, until at least the pools (of water) had gone and the rain had stopped being so extreme.”

A UCI statement said “The UCI and Yorkshire 2019 will continue to monitor closely the events and take any appropriate decisions.”

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2019 Road World Championship Yorkshire – Men Under 23 Time Trial – Mikkel Bjerg (DEN)

 

Denmark’s Mikkel Bjerg defied the downpour and calls for the race to be halted to win the under-23 world championship time trial. Bjerg edged out American duo Ian Garrison and Brandon McNulty in a time of 40:20.42 over the 30.3km route from Ripon to Harrogate.

Ian  Garrison (USA) – Mikkel Bjerg (IDEN) – Brandon McNutly (USA)

 

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