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Sunday, September 25, 2022

World Cycling Championships – Wollongong 2022Men’s elite road race – 266.9 km

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Pavel Shivakov

Pieter Serry (Belgium)

Jaka Primozic (Slovenia)

Ben O’Connor (Australia)

Samuel Battistella (Italy)

Simon Pellaud (Switzerland)

Michael Kukrle (Czech Republic)

Emls Liepens (Latvia)

Evenepoel Group at 1’20”

Platoon at 1’55”

Sunday, September 25, 2022

07:21

The movement caused by the French on video

07:20

๐Ÿ 61.5 km – One minute left for the counterattack

The chasing group is preparing to see the breakaways again, since the distance with the peloton has just exceeded one minute.

07:19

๐Ÿ 62 km – Hunting group composition

In this group are Florian Sรฉnรฉchal, Quentin Pacher and Romain Bardet for France, Quinten Hermans, Remco Evenepoel and Stan Dewulf for the Belgians, Jan Tratnik for Slovenia, Mattias Jensen for the Danish side, Ben Tulett and Jake Stewart for the British, the Colombian Nairo Quintana, Jai Hindley for Australia, Italians Lorenzo Rota and Nicola Conci, Mauro Schmid for Switzerland, Neilson Powless for the US side, Canadians Nickolas Zukowsky and Pierre-Andrรฉ Cote, New Zealander James Fouche, Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko, Kevin Geniets for Luxembourg, Juraj Sagan for Slovakia and Guy Sagiv for Israel.

07:13

๐Ÿ 67 km – The absent Spaniards

There is no Spanish runner in the group that started. The Iberians, therefore, go to the head of the pack.

07:09

๐Ÿ 71km โ€“ Florian Sรฉnรฉchal restarts

Great group that emerged and among the favorites, we find Remco Evenepoel. The Belgians and the French are well represented. The group is 30 seconds ahead of the peloton.

07:05

๐Ÿ 73.5 km – Georg Zimmermann Waterfall

The German cyclist suffered a heavy fall when starting the descent of Mount Pleasant. He gets up but today he won’t play the leading roles.

07:03

๐Ÿ 76 km – Quentin Pacher attack!

This time it was in the platoon. First flag for the French for a while, with the Groupama-FDJ runner accelerating on this new ascent of Mount Pleasant. This stretches the platoon and a group comes out. There is Romain Bardet and Florian Sรฉnรฉchal, Remco Evenepoel as well.

07:01

๐Ÿ 77 km – Battistella Attack

We try to restart in the leading group with the attacking Italian driver. This splits the pack with riders struggling to keep up. Battistella and O’Connor are the most restless, while Sivakov manages to follow without too much trouble.

06:58

๐Ÿ 78 km – The gap continues to fall

The fugitives lose time, second after second. Symbol of the acceleration of the platoon when Mount Pleasant once again appears under its wheels. More than 2’10” ahead now.

06:50

๐Ÿ 84 km – Five laps to go

The riders are inching closer to the end of this race, with five more laps to go after crossing the finish line again. Little by little the favorites are rising to the front.

06:42

๐Ÿ 90 km – Intensity still quite low

So far, no serious stuff has been released yet. The leading men have a 3’35 lead over a pack that just finished back at Mount Pleasant.

06:25

๐Ÿ 100 km – only a hundred kilometers left!

Runners enter the last hundred kilometers. 166.9 terminals were executed. Things should soon get carried away on the Wollongong side.

06:16

๐Ÿ 108 km – Jake Stewart Falls!

The British rider was at the front of the pack at Mount Pleasant, but his handlebars caught on a spectator’s flag. He left without a problem. Peter Sagan, next to him at the time of the incident, was hampered a bit, but he didn’t fall.

06:13

๐Ÿ 110.5 km – O’Connor insists

The Australian, fourth in the Tour de France last year, accelerates up Mount Pleasant to revive the pace of the group, which is just over five minutes ahead.

05:58

๐Ÿ 119.5 km – Breakaways lose ground

The gap has been falling for several kilometers now. Crossing the line, the leading men lost a minute on that last lap. They remain 5’40” behind the peloton that the Spanish and Dutch continue to lead.

05:51

Julian Alaphilippe, champion without certainties and without pressure

The two-time champion puts his rainbow jersey back on the line. After two seasons in the iridescent tunic, the 30-year-old runner is torn between the relief of parting with his property and the desire to seek a third crown. After a complicated 2022, with falls and setbacks, Julian Alaphilippe will not be the number 1 favorite today.

05:36

๐Ÿ 133.5 km – Half way

With over 133 kilometers and 133 kilometers remaining, the runners passed the halfway mark. Already more than three hours in the saddle.

05:30

๐Ÿ 138 km – Spain and Holland at the helm

The Spanish and the Dutch continue to set the pace at the front of the pack. The two nations have no representatives at the front of the race. With sixteen runners up front, several countries are represented, making it possible not to race. This is the case in France but also in Belgium and Italy, in particular.

05:22

Confirmed 2010 applicants

These World Cups are the second in Australia. In 2010, in Geelong, Thor Hushovd brought the title to Norway. And among the contenders, the race had highlighted several riders who have since shone at the highest level. The winner of the event, a certain Michael Matthews, is today among the favorites at home.

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05:09

๐Ÿ 152 km – Spain in command

The Spanish runners have taken control of the peloton and stretch the group. At the front, the five men pursuing them joined the eleven men in the lead. They are, therefore, sixteen at the helm, in particular with the Frenchman Pavel Sivakov.

05:08

Abandonment of Rien Schuurhuis

His name may not speak to you, but the Dutchman created a small event today by becoming the first rider to represent the Vatican at the World Championships. He just gave up after just over 100 kilometers.

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04:58

๐Ÿ 162 km – In Mount Pleasant

The leaders are back in Mount Pleasant with ten laps to go in these World Championships. Difficult climb on the circuit route, this is where the difference must be created by the favorites in a few hours. If you want to familiarize yourself with the course, Ouest-France has recognized the circuit.

04:50

๐Ÿ 165.6 km – The slope increases

The peloton slowed down considerably, after the crossing between the two groups. The gap with the leading group is affected: more than seven minutes already.

04:39

Mathieu van der Poel is no more

The Dutchman, one of the favorites of the test, has retired today after a few kilometers. He spent part of the night at the police station, after an altercation at his hotel. According to reports, he was charged with two assaults.

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04:25

๐Ÿ 183 km – Rally platoon

Everything is back to normal for the peloton, with the loose pack managing to rejoin the 25-rider group that included Tadej Pogacar and Wout van Aert.

04:13

๐Ÿ 193 km – Tadej Pogacar attack!

First ascent of Mount Pleasant and the Slovenian is already accelerating in the first peloton.

04:12

๐Ÿ 195km – Race Update

Completely crazy scenario in Australia, with an explosive career at the moment. The platoon advanced spurred on by the French team with an attack by Pavel Sivakov. This broke up the main group, where only 25 runners are present. We find there in particular Wout van Aert, Tadej Pogacar or Biniam Girmay. On the French side, Sivakov, Bardet, Madouas and Armirail are present. The second platoon with Alaphilippe, Cosnefroy or even Matthews and Evenepoel is more than a minute away. Finally, a group of twelve riders escaped and led a counterattack of five riders by 1’45” and the first peloton by 2’20”.

04:03

today’s menu

Almost 270 kilometers on the program for this test to determine the new world champion. The runners entered the Wollongong street circuit, where they will have the rehearsal of the ascent to Mount Pleasant, the main difficulty of this circuit. There are currently 197 kilometers to go.

03:57

Hello everyone and welcome to ouest-france.fr to follow the online elite men’s race of the cycling world championship in Wollongong (Australia) live.

This year, Julian Alaphilippe does not arrive in the best conditions to defend his world title. The Frenchman has had a difficult season, marked above all by two serious crashes: one on Liรจge-Bastogne-Liรจge and the other in the lap, where he dislocated his shoulder less than a month ago. Result, is presented in the road race of these World Championships in Wollongong, Australia, without really reference. โ€œI would have preferred to arrive in other provisions, he grants. I’m definitely not 100%, but I want to give my best and do my best so that we can win this race. ยป

READ ALSO. Julian Alaphilippe without certainties and without pressure to defend his title

After two titles in the last two editions, in Italy Y in Belgium, however, he arrives relieved of the favorite label. โ€œLast year I was ready to lose, so there was no pressure. There, I have even less! I know it’s the head that will make the difference, more than the legs.” he judges On paper the Belgians Remco Evenepoel and Wout Van Aert, the Dutchman Mathieu Van der Poel and the Slovenian are better armed. Local stage Michael Matthews and Italian Alberto Bettiol are also among the potential winners.

Several notable absences

In case of poor form of the “Alaf”, the French team can count on lieutenants capable of playing their personal cards. Thomas Voeckler brought Valentin Madouas and Benoit Cosnefroy, as well as Romain Bardet, Christophe Laporte, Quentin Pacher, Florian Sรฉnรฉchal, Pavel Sivakov, Rรฉmi Cavagna and Bruno Armirail. What to put in place an effective team strategy, as was the case two years ago?

READ ALSO. A fight for the rainbow shirt away from the concerns of some teams

The entry list includes some notable absentees, such as Tour de France winner Jonas Vingegaard. Primoz Roglic, Tom Pidcock and Richard Carapaz will also be missing. Others stayed with their team, which is struggling to stay on the World Tour. This is for example the case of Caleb Ewan and Alejandro Valverde. The start of the race will be given, without them, at 2:15.

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