Fifth place for Peter Sagan in the World Championships Road Race
The route of the World Championships Road Race was changed due to inclement weather conditions, having been shortened from 280 km to 260 km, and now with nine instead of seven laps in Harrogate. For the first 150 km, an 11-rider breakaway, which included Maciej Bodnar, led the race before being reeled back in. Cold and wet conditions made racing increasingly difficult, and with less than 100km remaining, the field had been reduced to around 90 riders, including Peter Sagan as well as several other BORA - hansgrohe riders. With 65 km left to race, several riders escaped from the field, with a number of attacks subsequently following this move. 50 km later, the leaders had built up an advantage of almost 1 minute, and the peloton was no longer able to catch the leading quartet. M. Pedersen, the new Road World Champion, won the final sprint, while Peter Sagan, who was able to show strong form today, crossed the line in fifth.
01 M. Pedersen 6:27:28
02 M. Trentin +0:00
03 S. Küng +0:02
04 G. Moscon +0:17
05 P. Sagan +0:43
From the finish line
"We were expecting a hard World Championship race and the treacherous weather conditions made it even tougher. I was in very good shape and really gave my best from start to finish. I'd like to thank my brother Juraj, Erik Baška and Ján Andrej Cully for their tremendous effort, we all fought but it wasn't to be our day. We will try again in the following years. Congratulations to Mads Pedersen and the Danish team for their victory. They deserved it.” - Peter Sagan.