Mads Pedersen is the amazing world champion. Gold was named Matteo Trentin, but his legs could not sign it. He was the great favorite once only three men remained in the lead. The Danish Mads Pedersen and the Swiss Stefan Kung were his adventure companions. Van der Poel got off the hook first and Gianni Moscon, a little later, after working out for Trentin. Kung accelerated in the last kilometers to secure his medal. Pedersen seemed to stay, but managed to remain in the small group.
Trentin was the strongest for the sprint. He only had to choose the moment, which reached 200 meters by the end. But Pedersen passed it on the right with unexpected ease. Trentin's feeling was that he had lost the gold. Pedersen's would have to wait a while to believe it. Kung enjoyed his bronze medal in a hard championship. "We were all going to the limit," says the new world champion.
Time forced to eliminate some sections. Two climbs were eliminated, the route was cut by 20 kilometers. In theory, the final result generated a more “soft” career. But the weather conditions condemned Valverde. The rain and the cold can with him, his body temperature drops to sickly limits, his legs, hands and soul are paralyzed. And they forced him to set foot on the ground ahead of time. There were few 100 kilometers left for the goal, almost two thirds of the race had been completed, but he couldn't. He got off the bike with symptoms of hypothermia and went to the hotel to get under the stream of hot water to get warm.
His illusions and those of the Spanish team were buried by water. “I was freezing and I told the classmates that I couldn't go on. It has been a crazy World Cup. I have tried but it could not be. It is a pity to say goodbye to the rainbow, but it was already known that it was going to be a very demanding World Cup, ”lamented the world champion in 2018 in statements to Ainara Hernando for the magazine“ Cycling in Depth ”.
Alaphilippe was never in the fight. Other favorites, such as Gilbert, went to the ground and also ran out of options much earlier than planned. The young Evenepoel, turned into his bodyguard, stayed with him with the intention of returning him to the main group. But his effort was not rewarded.
Nor is that of Van der Poel. The favorites were falling, although in the case of the Dutchman he was only a victim of his own effort. He made an exhibition to reach Matteo Trentin in the lead group and then continued to show. It's his style, he doesn't know how to hide, and his relays, stronger than the rest, ended up condemning him. It was cast, empty, lost footing with the first and all the options to win the gold for which many pointed out. Van der Poel entered the finish line almost eleven minutes from the winner. He wanted to repeat his duels with the Italian in the Tour of Britain, which ended two weeks ago. Three times they were measured in the sprints and three times won Van der Poel, the grandson of Poulidor, the son of Adrie van der Poel, a silver medal in the 83 World Cup behind Greg Lemond. Trentin had no choice but to recognize the superiority of his rival.
But The world championship is something else. It is a test of physical and mental resistance, one of the most demanding races of the season. And even more so in the climatic conditions of Yorkshire. To the talent to ride a bike had to add some ease for swimming and even diving. And nobody seemed better than Trentin. But Mads Pedersen appeared to steal the gold. The new owner of the rainbow, the heir of Alejandro Valverde.
. (tagsToTranslate) Sunday Garcia