Saturday, January 28

UCI World Championships Live – Elite Men’s Road Race


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The chase has caught up to the leaders, making it a group of 16 at the front: Samuele Battistella (ITA), Pier-André Coté (CAN), James Fouché (NZL), Michael Kukrle (CZE), Emils Liepins (LAT) , Scott Mcgill (USA), Ben O’connor (AUS), Lukasz Owsian (POL), Simon Pellaud (SUI), Lucas Plapp (AUS), Jaka Primozic (SLO), Juraj Sagan (SVK), Guy Sagiv (ISR) , Pieter Serry (BEL), Nicolas Sessler (BRA) and Pavel Sivakov (FRA).

We’re heading up to the completion of this lap for the platoon – nine laps to go.

150km to go

Spain and the Netherlands are working at the head of the platoon.

163km to go

The 11 off the front just went over the finish for 10 laps to go.

Nico Denz (GER) and Andreas Leknessund (NOR) make up the third group on the road.

177km to go

Samuele Battistella (ITA), Ben O’Connor (AUS), Lucas Plapp (AUS), Pieter Serry (BEL) and Pavel Sivakov (FRA) are our chasers behind the 11 leaders.

The riders have been out there for about 2 hours so far.

Now Nico Denz (GER) attacks as the gaps get very close.

The German team is doing the majority of the work bringing these danger breaks back.

The gaps are coming down. The platoon is 3’12 back and our chasers are at 1’35.

The leaders are coming through the finish. There are 11 laps of racing to go.

Stefan Bissegger (SUI) has abandoned. That’s a surprise considering it’s still early.

The Germans are really going all out to tow this one back.

Bruno Armirail (FRA), Romain Bardet (FRA), Samuele Battistella (ITA), Daniel Bonello (MLT), Anton Charmig (DEN), Bilguunjargal Erdenabat (MNG), Tobias Foss (NOR), Jai Hindley (AUS), Ognjen Ilić (SRB), Muradjan Khalmuratov (UZB), Stefan Küng (SUI), Valentin Madouas (FRA), Bauke Mollema (NED), Nelson Oliveira (POR), Quentin Pacher (FRA), Wilson Peña (COL), Wout Poels (NED ), Tadej Pogacar (SLO), Lorenzo Rota (ITA), Pieter Serry (BEL), Pavel Sivakov (FRA), Marc Soler (ESP), Natnael Tesfazion (ERI) and Wout Van Aert (BEL) are in the chase group at 3’08” with 203km to go.

Okay, so here’s the current race situation: Pier-André Coté (CAN), James Fouché (NZL), Michael Kukrle (CZE), Emils Liepins (LAT), Scott Mcgill (USA), Lukasz Owsian (POL), Simon Pellaud ( SUI), Jaka Primozic (SLO), Juraj Sagan (SVK), Guy Sagiv (ISR) and Nicolas Sessler (BRA) are still off the front with 5 minutes on the peloton.

205km to go

We have a giant group of 26 riders now, rider names to follow.

So there are 11 riders off the front and nine riders are chasing.

Bruno Armirail (FRA), Romain Bardet (FRA), Bilguunjargal Erdenabat (MNG), Tobias Foss (NOR), Ognjen Ilić (SRB), Muradjan Khalmuratov (UZB), Tadej Pogacar (SLO), Pavel Sivakov (FRA) and Wout Van Aert (BEL) have popped off the front of the peloton. This is a dangerous move!

France has ignited the race. They’ve broken up the platoon.

215km to go

A reminder of the breakaway: Pier-André Coté (CAN), James Fouché (NZL), Michael Kukrle (CZE), Emils Liepins (LAT), Scott McGill (USA), Lukasz Owsian (POL), Simon Pellaud (SUI), Jaka Primozic (SLO), Juraj Sagan (SVK), Guy Sagiv (ISR) and Nicolas Sessler (BRA). The gap is at 6’30 with a handful of riders in the gap.

The French are starting to wind things up in the peloton as they climb the biggest test of the day.

229km to go

Here is the story behind van der Poels’ evening last night.

Apparently he didn’t get much sleep last night due to some kids antagonizing him in his hotel. That’s an unfortunate situation, indeed.

We’re hearing that Mathieu Van Der Poel (NED) has abandoned!

The average speed of this race is a rapid 49kph. They’re not messing about at the moment. But in the peloton things have settled down. The gap is 3 minutes.

There are a few riders in the chase group. Ognjen Ilić (SRB) and Rien Schuurhuis (VAT) are at 1’25 and Muradjan Khalmuratov (UZB) is about to join them.

The gap is only getting bigger and bigger as the platoon shuts down for the time being. It’s currently 1’35 with 240km to go.

The gap has gone up to 50 seconds.

The gap is up to 20 seconds for the leaders. We’re getting the names sorted…

More riders are jumping off the front of the peloton, but some teams are trying to shut it down.

It looks like a big group of riders is finally getting some distance – maybe about 10?

We’re 10km into the race.

Around 10 leaders are forming, but the platoon is responding.

The pace is extremely fast – there are lots of gaps in the peloton, but maybe this group is coming back together.

It looks as though we’re already getting an established group off the front.

Attacks have started immediately. More and more riders are jumping off the front.

Official Race Start!

We’re 3km away from the official start. The weather is truly glorious compared to yesterday!

The flag has dropped to start the neutralized portion of the race.

Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) has won this race twice and takes the front row as defending champion. You can never discount him as a contender, but his preparation has been far from ideal.

The riders have lined up and are just a few minutes to start. It’s sunny out today for the men’s elite road race and 18 degrees Celsius.

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews’ live coverage of the combined elite men’s road race at the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong.


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