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World Road Championships: Spain’s Alejandro Valverde edges sprint finish to win men’s race

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‘Road to Hell’ – Valverde world champion after monstrous climb in road race

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde edged a sprint finish to win the men’s race at the Road World Championships.

Valverde finished just ahead of France’s Romain Bardet, Canada’s Michael Woods and Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands in Innsbruck, Austria.

The 38-year-old had previously finished on the podium a record six times.

Peter Kennaugh finished 16th for Great Britain and Adam Yates 37th, but Vuelta a Espana champion Simon Yates did not finish.

Valverde, Bardet and Woods raced the final few kilometres of the 258-kilometre mountainous route together, before being joined by Dumoulin going into the final kilometre.

Spaniard Valverde led the final sprint for the line and remained unchallenged to beat Bardet by just over a bike length, with Woods third.

“It’s incredible, after missing it for so many years. It’s a victory for the team,” said Valverde, who had twice finished second, with four third place finishes, at the World Championships.

Commenting on a challenging day for the British riders, Kennaugh said: “That was way harder than expected. It was just raced full gas from the start, even the break took long to go for a World Championships, and then the pace was just really hard for every lap on the climb.

“Unfortunately Simon wasn’t feeling great, so we did what we could. It’s hard without radios to know who is where.

“I was following moves with two to go with the plan we had, but I didn’t know Simon had stopped. In hindsight, I would have just waited, but that’s racing.”

Results

1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) 6hrs 46mins 41secs

2. Romain Bardet (Fra) Same time

3. Michael Woods (Can)

4. Tom Dumoulin (Ned)

5. Gianni Moscon (Ita) + 13secs

6. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) + 43secs

7. Michael Valgren (Den) Same time

8. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra)

9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra)

10. Rui Costa (Por)

Selected others:

16. Peter Kennaugh + 1min 21secs

37. Adam Yates + 4mins

DNF. Simon Yates

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/45699992

World Road Championships: Anna van der Breggen takes dominant gold in women’s race

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‘A perfect ride’ – Van der Breggen wins World Championships

Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands claimed a crushing victory in the women’s race at the Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria.

The Olympic champion, 28, attacked with almost 40km remaining of the 156.2km course to win by three minutes 42 seconds from Australia’s Amanda Spratt.

Italy’s Tatiana Guderzo was third, 5mins 26secs behind Van der Breggen.

Dani Rowe was the highest-placed British rider in 26th place, 8mins 18secs back.

Sophie Wright was 41st, Hannah Barnes 45th and Dani Christmas 64th.

“I didn’t know the time, I didn’t know anything, so I kept going,” said Van der Breggen.

“[Only at] the finish line did I believe it’s possible. It’s amazing.

“World Championships are always [a target] and it’s so difficult to win it, so I’m really happy with this title.”

Rowe’s ride was not without drama, having been involved in a crash involving Dutch rider Annamiek van Vleuten and then suffering a problem with her chain.

“It was absolutely brutal. I had a lot of bad luck, I got caught in a crash so had to chase back on. I didn’t panic but got back on just before the circuit,” said Rowe, who won team pursuit gold for GB at London 2012.

“I know I’m not the best climber but had to measure my effort. Up this climb the second time my chain got stuck and had a bike change with a lap to go.

“I’m not a mountain goat but I’m really proud how I rode and it’s always amazing to represent GB at the World Championships.”

Results

1. Anna var der Breggen (Ned) 4hrs 11mins 4secs

2. Amanda Spratt (Aus) +3mins 42secs

3. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) +5mins 26secs

4. Emilia Fahlin (Swe) +6mins 13secs

5. Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Same time

6. Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) +6mins 17secs

7. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) +7mins 5secs

8. Amy Pieters (Ned) Same time

9. Lucinda Brand (Ned) +7mins 17secs

10. Ruth Winder (US) Same time

Selected others:

26. Dani Rowe (GB)+8mins 18secs

41. Sophie Wright (GB) +8mins 36secs

45. Hannah Barnes (GB) +10mins 58secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/45693981

Sophie Wright: From two heart operations to the World Championships

Sophie Wright represented Great Britain at this year's European Championships

Sophie Wright represented Great Britain during the Women’s Road Race at this year’s European Championships

On Saturday, less than two years after two operations on her heart, teenager Sophie Wright will represent Great Britain in the women’s road race at the Road World Championships in Austria.

The 19-year-old’s dream of being a professional cyclist seemed to be slipping away when her long-term heart problem forced her to undergo surgery in January last year, only for the operation to fail to solve the problem.

“I had a heart issue a couple of years before where my heart would just randomly spike to 250bpm [beats per minute] in about 10 seconds – that was quite a worrying time,” Wright told BBC Sport.

“My first operation didn’t quite go to plan – I was in there for about six hours and when they told me they hadn’t cured it I was pretty devastated because I was thinking my cycling career was on the rocks.”

‘My whole family cried when I was cured’

The former European junior mountain bike champion returned to Papworth Hospital for keyhole surgery in April 2017 – a risky operation which could have left her needing a pacemaker.

“They were working within millimetres of a node in my heart next to my junction box. If they got it wrong then I could have ended up with a pacemaker and that would be my cycling career over,” she explained.

Fortunately for Wright, her second operation was a success.

“When they told me they had cured my problem both me and my family cried,” she said. “It was such a relief that I wouldn’t have to have a pacemaker – it was the best news ever.”

She soon returned to racing but admits she didn’t fully appreciate the significance of the episode until later on.

“At the time, I was preoccupied with A-levels and I was just rolling with it,” the teenager added. “So looking back at it, it was quite a significant point in my cycling journey and life in general.”

Olympic dream

Since her return to competitive cycling, Wright has gone from strength to strength and has already represented Great Britain at the European Championships in Glasgow this year.

She has her sights set on winning titles and views this weekend’s road race as a valuable step to reaching that goal.

Wright said: “I’ve always had the dream of becoming Olympic and world champion – it’s good to dream big and that’s my ultimate goal.

“These kind of races are hopefully stepping stones on that journey to the top so it’s fantastic to have opportunities like this.

“It’s brilliant experience but I also want to make the most of it and really go for it.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/45680120

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/45658399

2019 Road World Championships: Yorkshire to host first team time trial mixed relay

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Britain is hosting the Road World Championships for the fourth time – the previous was in Goodwood in 1982

Men and women will race together for their nations for the first time in the 2019 Road World Championships in Yorkshire.

The team time-trial mixed relay is being introduced as part of a drive to “encourage gender equality”.

UCI president David Lappartient said the new event was designed to “increase the attractiveness” of cycling.

The Worlds, including Para-cycling for the first time, are on 21-29 September with races finishing in Harrogate.

The new mixed relay race will feature three men and three women competing for national teams.

“We have pledged to deliver an inclusive, innovative and inspiring World Championships,” Yorkshire 2019 chairman Chris Pilling said.

“We are therefore enormously excited to be the first host to integrate Para-cycling into the programme.”

The races

  • Saturday, 21 September: Beverley-Tadcaster-Wetherby-Harrogate Circuit – Para-cycling Road Races (C1 Event)
  • Sunday, 22 September: Harrogate Circuit – team time trial mixed relay (28km)
  • Monday, 23 September: Harrogate Circuit – women junior individual time trial (14km) and men junior individual time trial (28km)
  • Tuesday, 24 September: Ripon to Harrogate – men U-23 individual time trial (32.5km) and women elite individual time trial (32.5km)
  • Wednesday, 25 September: Northallerton to Harrogate – men elite individual time trial (54km)
  • Thursday, 26 September: Richmond to Harrogate – men junior road race (144.5km)
  • Friday, 27 September: Doncaster to Harrogate – women junior road race (91.5km) and men U-23 road race (192.5km)
  • Saturday, 28 September: Bradford to Harrogate – women elite road race (149.5km)
  • Sunday, 29 September: Leeds to Harrogate – men elite road race (284.5km)

The team time trial mixed relay will see the men compete a 14km lap around Harrogate with the women’s trio setting off on the same circuit once the second rider in the men’s team has crossed the line. The final time is taken when the second women’s rider crosses the finish line with the overall quickest time winning.

Lappartient added: “The race, a UCI [cycling’s governing body] initiative, will replace the trade team time trial and will see men and women competing together for their nation.

“I cannot wait to witness this first-ever race, which is part of the UCI’s drive to further increase the attractiveness of our Road World Championships, encourage gender equality, and showcase National Federations and their riders.

“After the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014 and the consequent creation of the legacy Tour de Yorkshire, this magnificent region has left us in no doubt that the World Championships will be a memorable occasion.”

That 14km lap around Harrogate, which features an undulating, rather than hilly route, will also provide the finale to the men’s and women’s elite road races.

The men set off from Leeds and will tackle seven laps of the Harrogate circuit after almost 200km of racing through the Yorkshire Dales, taking in climbs such as Buttertubs and Grinton Moor, which attracted thousands of spectators when the Tour de France passed through the region.

The women’s race, which sets off in Bradford, heads north through Nidderdale to Masham before heading back to Harrogate for three laps of the spa town.

“The Championships will be taking place less than a year out from the Olympic Games, with riders seeking to earn precious qualification points for Tokyo 2020. This will add to the excitement of the racing on the roads of Yorkshire,” concluded Lappartient.

The elite race routes

Elite men’s road race

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Elite women’s road race

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Elite men’s time trial

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Elite women’s time trial

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Harrogate circuit

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/45652199

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