Events took a major turn in the final in the 2016 Road World Championships changed radically after two hours riding when Great Britain and Belgium managed to create a major echelon on an exposed section of desert road.
The whole drama unfolded in less than one minute in speeds over 70km per hour in the crosswinds of the Qatar desert. Although top names like Sagan, Cavendish, Boonen and his Belgian team-mate Greg Van Avermaet were present in the front group alongside Italy’s Elia Viviani, Australia’s Michael Matthews and Norway’s Alexander Kristoff, a host of other contenders were missing. Perhaps most notably given their strong sprinters’ line-up in Doha, both France and Germany failed to have any representation.
— Cycling Today (@CyclingTodayEn) 17 octombrie 2016