In your Monday edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Sagan outsprints Cavendish and Boonen to win world championships road race; Amalie Dideriksen sprints to surprise win in Doha Worlds road race; Nathan Elliott and Tessa Fabry victorious at the Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic; Anna Meares calls time on her history-making career; Wiggins’ troubles continue with news of missed anti-doping test; UCI unveils 2017 Women’s WorldTour; 2017 Dubai Tour extended to five stages; Crash ends Gaviria’s Doha Worlds; John Degenkolb remonstrates with Jens Debusschere; Kyle Strait charges down a steep exposed line at Red Bull Rampage; Race to the Rock – the documentary.
Your Monday Daily News Digest
For the second year in a row, Peter Sagan (Slovakia) has won the elite men’s road race at the Road World Championships, this time hammering in ahead of Mark Cavendish (Great Britain), Tom Boonen (Belgium) and Michael Matthews (Australia) to win the bunch sprint in Doha.
Sagan was part of a large group which forced its way clear in crosswinds with 178 kilometres remaining in the 257km race, building a solid advantage over the rest of the field. Several race favourites missed out, including Germans Andre Greipel and Marcel Kittel, and despite long chase efforts, those behind never got back on.
The group remained together until 2.4 kilometres to go when Tom Leezer (Netherlands) jumped hard and got a gap. Those behind looked at each other and he built a lead of six seconds. Belgium returned to the front and managed to drag him back with 200 metres left, after which the sprint started.
Sagan jumped hard and went to the right of the riders, close to the barriers. Cavendish’s leadout man Adam Blythe went to the left and a moment’s hesitation by Cavendish saw him miss out.
“I don’t believe it. I am still in shock. I am very, very happy for that.” Sagan said afterwards. “I felt that there was a bit of a headwind, so I thought I have to go from a little bit back. I was also a little bit lucky as Nizzolo didn’t close [the door on] me. If he had, we would have crashed for sure as I wasn’t going to brake.”
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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and shows a jubilant Peter Sagan winning his second consecutive world title.