Appalling Conditions Cause Major Crashes at World Championships
A scary slip n' slide on the road
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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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.