World Championships road race
Andrey spends 160km at the front into a fast circuit in Bergen as Sagan (SVK) claims third consecutive rainbow jersey
Slovakia’s Peter Sagan claimed his third consecutive World Championships road race title in Bergen (267.5km) on Sunday by narrowly beating local Alexander Kristoff and Australia’s Michael Matthews.
A group of about thirty riders reached the finish line together after a frantic last lap, with many attacks -including a challenging move by Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) and Gianni Moscon (ITA), only caught 2km before the line- not being able to effectively split a bunch where the Movistar Team could not feature. The Blues’ chances ended as Jesús Herrada suffered a crash, with no consequences, with 10km to go. José Joaquín Rojas had in turn suffered two consecutive crashes halfway through the race, before getting affected later on by Herrada’s incident.
The Spanish squad did notably feature, though, in the beginning of the race with Andrey Amador. The man from Costa Rica, already part of the telephone squad which took 6th at last Sunday’s team time trial, was part of a ten-man early breakaway, caught with just under five laps to go as the attacks from the Netherlands and Belgium started to spice things up.
The ‘tico’ was the top performer from the Blues, which had Jonathan Castroviejo as best finished in 32nd place, just over a minute behind the main field.
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