Mads Pedersen wins the 261km war of attrition to become the World Champion

The 2019 UCI Road World Championships reached a gripping conclusion on Sunday with Mads Pedersen earning a surprise yet exceptionally hard-fought victory in the Elite Men’s Road Race to round off an unforgettable nine days of action.

The Danish rider worked his way into an elite group in the last 48km and was one of only three riders still in contention on the very last drag up Parliament Street. It was his rival Matteo Trentin who kicked off the sprint for victory but Pederesen proved the fastest finisher and passed the Italian before throwing his arms aloft in triumph. Tenacious Trentin meanwhile, had to settle for second place on the podium with Switzerland’s Stefan Kung crossing the line two seconds back in third.

UCI Road  Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire England on the 29th of September 2019 in the mens road race.
Mads Pedersen initiated an attack with 48km to go. A small group formed at the head of the race and in the end Mads simply had more power in the sprint and he claimed the win for Denmark.
UCI Road  Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire England on the 29th of September 2019 in the mens road race.
“The crowd was crazy today, especially as there were so many people still around to watch us in weather like that. That was so nice to see and I want to thank them for being on the roadside. This was a really good race and when you win one as hard as this, you feel very proud.” – Mads Pedersen
UCI Road  Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire England on the 29th of September 2019 in the mens road race.
 “It was a brutal day but that’s the type of weather I like to race in. When I found myself in that three-man group at the end I would have been happy with any of the medals. Because of that I felt I had nothing to lose and luckily my sprint was enough to get the rainbow jersey. My focus all year had been on this race and this victory is going to change a lot for me; I’m no longer going to be regarded as the underdog.” – Mads Pedersen

The result brought an end to an incredible 92nd edition of the Championships which has truly cemented Yorkshire’s place on the world cycling map. Not even the weather couldn’t dampen the county’s spirits on Sunday, with heavy overnight rains causing the race to be re-routed and take on two extra laps of the Harrogate circuit. And even though the downpours continued as the riders wound their way from Leeds, into the Dales, and onto the Harrogate circuit, bumper crowds braved the conditions to cheer them on in truly remarkable fashion.

Many of the pre-race favourites eventually floundered in the tricky conditions, and Yorkshireman Ben Swift was among the big names who were distanced as the pace began to really ramp up in the closing stages. Pedersen stayed strong however and it is he who now has the honour of wearing the iconic rainbow jersey for the next 12 months of competition.

Riders participate at the 2019 UCI Road  Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire England on the 29th of September 2019 in the mens road race.
Matteo Trentin of Italy, Mads Pedersen of Denmark and Stefan Kung of Switzerland on the podium after the Men’s Elite Road Race.

Never before has a UCI Road World Championships encompassed 10 different start locations, seen male and female riders compete alongside each other (like they did in the first-ever Team Time Trial Mixed Relay), or organise a ground-breaking para-cycling event (the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International) alongside it. More rainbow jerseys were also awarded than ever before and £15 million of Government funding already allocated to develop entry-level cycling facilities across England will ensure it leaves a long, lasting legacy as well.

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