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Peter Sagan claims third successive World Championship road race crown

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Peter Sagan World Championships 2017

Peter Sagan stayed quiet all day before timing his sprint to perfection to become the first rider to win three successive World Championship road race titles.

The Slovakian went wheel-to-wheel with Alexander Kristoff in a reduced bunch sprint and denied the Norwegian rider victory in front of his home fans by a matter of inches.

“It was not easy. It came down to a sprint, that was unbelievable,” said Sagan. “I’m sorry (for the Norwegian fans) but I’m happy to be world champion again.”

It seemed that France’s Julian Alaphilippe and Italian Gianni Moscon would fight it out for gold when both jumped away from the leading group 11km from the line on the ascent to Salmon Hill, a 1.4-km effort at an average gradient of 6.4 percent.

But they were eventually reined in and most of the top sprinters contested the win in front of huge, flag-waving crowds in the port city of Bergen.

Sagan, who was kicked out of the Tour de France this year for sending Mark Cavendish crashing in a sprint, was clearly the strongest as he added to his titles in Doha and Richmond, Virginia.

Belgium had no pure sprinters and they tried to blow up the race to avoid a mass finish.

Tim Wellens broke away with 70 km left and was followed by seven riders — Spain’s David De La Cruz, Dutch Lars Boom, Italian Alessandro De Marchi, Colombian Jarlinson Pantano, Austrian Maro Haller, Australian Jack Haig and Norway’s Odd Christian Eiking.

They built up a maximum gap of 45 seconds as France tried to take control at the front of the peloton.

The break was ended 25 km from the finish after the peloton was split in the penultimate passage up to Salmon Hill.

In the final ascent, Alaphilippe burst away from the leading pack and only Moscon could follow as they opened up a 10-second gap.

France were looking for a first senior road race world champion since Laurent Brochard prevailed in 1997. They came up just short, though. The Frenchman contested the sprint but ended up 10th.

“We did everything perfectly, except that we did not win,” said France coach Cyrille Guimard, who led Lucien van Impe, Bernard Hinault, Greg LeMond and Laurent Fignon to Tour de France titles in the 1970s and 1980s.

 

Peter Sagan becomes the first rider in history to win the World Championships three years in a row

Posted by Cycling Today on 24 Septembrie 2017

2017 World Championships – Men’s Road Race results:

1Peter Sagan (Slovakia)

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2Alexander Kristoff (Norway)

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3Michael Matthews (Australia)

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4Matteo Trentin (Italy)

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5Ben Swift (Great Britain)

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6Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)

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7Michael Albasini (Switzerland)

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8Fernando Gaviria (Colombia)

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9Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan)

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10Julian Alaphilippe (France)

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11Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)

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12Soren Kragh Andersen (Denmark)

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13Tony Gallopin (France)

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14Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic)

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15Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)

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16Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Russia)

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17Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)

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18Sergei Chernetski (Russia)

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19Rui Costa (Portugal)

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20Simon Geschke (Germany)

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