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by Matt de Neef
September 25, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Sagan claims record-breaking third world road race title; Chantal Blaak solos to world title; Kevin Rivera wins the Tour of China II; Marcus Culey leads Australian 1-2-3 at the Tour de Moluccas; Kristoff – With 150m to go I thought I’d be world champion; Gianni Moscon disqualified from world championships; Megan Guanier ends season with broken jaw; U23 rider hospitalised after car swerves into him at Worlds; How the Race Was Won – Women’s World Championships road race; Fishing for oBikes in Melbourne’s Yarra River.
When Alexander Kristoff leapt from the bunch in yesterday’s world championships road race, 200m from the finish, it seemed the Norwegian might have been about to win the rainbow jersey on home soil. But Kristoff was overhauled just before the line, as Peter Sagan (Slovakian) won his third-straight world title with a bike throw.
“With 150m to go I was going full gas and I was thinking that I would take it,” Kristoff told Cyclingnews. “I was hoping that Sagan wasn’t on my wheel and that I had [Matteo] Trentin or someone but unfortunately he was close to me and I know that he’s really good at passing one guy like that.”
Sagan hit the front but Kristoff was able to pull back to within centimetres of his rival — a margin so close a photo finish was required.
“I almost came back to him at the end and if it had been slightly longer maybe I would have taken it but then again he might have just timed it different. I did a good sprint and it wasn’t like I was dying at the end. It’s just that Sagan had more power and maybe he was more fresh than me.
“He’s won three times now and in these types of races, he’s the best. He’s not the worst guy to lose against and he’s a worthy winner but for sure I’m sad and disappointed. But that doesn’t help now — it’s too late.”
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