Photo gallery: Sublime solos and surprise wins at a rainsoaked Road Worlds

by Matt de Neef

We’ll remember many things from this year’s Road World Championships. Annemiek van Vleuten’s ridiculous, 105km solo win in the women’s road race, for one. Chloe Dygert-Owen’s demolition job in the elite time trial, for another. And what about Remco Evenepoel’s silver medal in the elite men’s time trial, as a 19-year-old? Or Mads Pedersen’s surprise win in the elite men’s road race? Unfortunately, Nils Eekhoff’s disqualification in the U23 men’s road race will also be long-remembered.

Linking all of these moments together is one common theme: bleak racing conditions and near-constant rain. From the Mixed TTT Relay on day 1 through to the elite men’s road race that closed out the meet, it rained almost incessantly. The Yorkshire tourism board will likely be cursing its luck, but for the riders that triumphed in such miserable conditions, their achievements are only magnified.

With the 2019 Road Worlds now complete, join us as we take a look back at the most impressive and most memorable performances from eight rain-soaked days of competition.


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