The title of mass start racing world champion was defended by French cyclist Julian Alaphilippe. Zdeněk Štybar took seventh place in Belgium and has taken care of one of the best field goals for the Czech national team since 1927, when the road race was first held.
Roman Kreuziger’s sixth place at the age of three at the World Championships in Innsbruck remains the highest in independent Czech Republic history.
During the six hour race from Antwerp to Leuven, several breakaways were observed, but the main peloton with the favorites kept them under control. The fight for the medals erupted in force when there were twenty kilometers left of the total 268 kilometer portion at the end. Around this time, Alaphilippe took over and set a hellish pace that no one else was able to match.
He had already taken full advantage of the last kilometer and was able to rejoice when he reached the finish line more than half a minute early. The silver went to the Dutchman Dylan van Baarle, the bronze to the Dane Michael Valgren.
World Road Cycling Championships in Bruges and Louvain (Belgium) – mass start race:
Elite men (268.3 km): 1. Alaphilippe (Fr.) 5:56:34, 2. Van Baarle (Niz.), 3. Valgren (DEN), 4. Stuyven (Belg.), 5. Powless ( USA) all -32, 6. Pidcock (Brit.) -49, 7. Štybar (ČR) -1: 06, 8. Van der Poel (Niz.), 9. Sénéchal (Fr.), 10. Colbrelli (It .) Everything -1: 18,… 32. Vakoč -6: 27, Černý, Kukrle (all CR) have not finished.
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