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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.
Peter Sagan shrugged off pre-race illness and the burden of pressure to become the first-ever rider to win three consecutive men’s elite road world titles on Sunday.
The Slovakian won a drag-race sprint against home favourite Alexander Kristoff, coming off the Norwegian’s wheel to edge ahead right at the line. Australia’s Michael Matthews was a disappointed third, banging his handlebars as he crossed the finish line.
“It is something special,” Sagan said about his historic treble. “This doesn’t change anything, but for me it is something very nice.”
Sagan kept his powder dry during the race, holding back from the sort of all-out attack he used to win in Richmond in 2015. Instead Julian Alaphilippe (France) and Gianni Moscon (Italy) were the big attackers on the final lap. But while Alaphilippe pushed on ahead in a desperate bid to stay clear, the select front group came back together just before the sprint.
“I want to dedicate this third world championship title to Michele Scarponi, as he would have had a birthday tomorrow,” Sagan added. “It was a very sad story this year. I also want to dedicate this victory to my wife. We are expecting a baby. It is a very nice finish at the end of the season. I am very happy.”
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