World Champs Wrap: The Day After the Deluge
What happened to the presumed winners?
race with cycling’s world title on Sunday.
rider Stefan Kung trailing in the silver and bronze positions.”That’s an unbelievable day, I didn’t expect this morning,” said the Segafredo-Trek team rider, who enjoyed great success at under-23 level. “It was just survive, survive, survive. Then hope for the best in the sprint,” said Pedersen, who was far from favourite to beat Italian 30-year-old Trentin, usually a crack in the sprints. “When I saw the finish line, I thought, ‘anything can happen’,” he said.
Dutch 24-year-old Mathieu van der Poel will have a hard time forgetting theYorkshire weather too. The bookies pre-race favorite had looked set for victory with a lap to gobut cracked, suddenly and spectacularly.
24-year-old from Hackney. When asked if he took something away from the race he replied: “I don’t
The 2018 Tour de France champion took part even though he was off form, anddropped out after a few of the nine laps of the treacherous Harrogate circuit. “Wet, cold and not quite the feeling in the legs that I hoped for. It was a
tough day out there,” said the affable Welshman. “It was kind of what I was expecting. I’d come here to ride for the boys. It’s not a nice feeling – in a home World Championships,” added the Ineos man. “We rode well together. The atmosphere, the crowd was really good. This is something we’ll remember for sure.”
A star-studded field struggled to cope with the rain. Among the early victims, defending world champion Alejandro Valverde cut a sorry figure as he pulled out with 100km to go. “That was just crazy,” said the outgoing champion Valverde who clinched a four-way struggle at Innsbruck in 2018. “I just felt beaten and I told my teammates I wouldn’t be able to keep up,” said the 39-year-old, who looked visibly haggard despite pulling out with 100km to go.