Sagan storms to solo victory at the World Championships

Matthews and Navardauskas complete podium in Richmond

Peter Sagan (Slovakia) stormed to a solo victory in the elite men's road race at the World Championships on Sunday. He made his winning move over the steep, 19 per cent climb up 23rd Street with roughly three kilometres to go, went into a tuck position on his bike down the descent, and then held onto a handful of seconds on the final climb.

Sagan managed to hold off the frantic chase from behind on the final ascent to cross the finish line with his first world title ahead of Michael Matthews (Australia) and Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania by just three seconds.

"I think it's the biggest victory of my career, and I'm very happy because I sacrificed a lot these last three weeks after the Vuelta.
It's unbelievable for me," Sagan said.

"Today I was just waiting, waiting, I had my brother with me .. my teammates were always with me. If something happend they were always there. It was a little bit crazy in the last laps, and I thought everyone has to be tired. I gave everything on last cobblestone climb and then it was full gas until the finish.

"I knew if the group caught me, I was very tired for the sprint. But it was the right attack for me. I saw also a lot of comments from people that I am not good for a long race like this. But now I have this jersey for all next year."

A race-long breakaway kicked off from the gun by local hero Ben King (USA), together with Conor Dunne (Ireland), Ivan Stevic (Serbia), Sung Park Baek (Korea), and then joined by Jesse Sergent (New Zealand), Carlos Alzate (Colombia), Andriy Khripta (Ukraine) and Serghei Tvetcov (Romania). They gained over four minutes but were kept in check by the Dutch, or rather, Jos van Emden, who led the race for some 150km.

The breakaway was caught on the way to five laps to go, setting up an aggressive finale.

With three laps to go, the race heated up with a decisive late-race move ignited by Ian Stannard (Great Britain) over the 23rd Street climb. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands) was the first to react followed by Tom Boonen (Belgium), Andrey Amador (Costa Rica), defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland), Dani Moreno (Spain) and Elia Viviani (Italy).

The select group started out with a small lead with two laps to go, but stretched it out to 30 seconds.

Australia and Germany led the frantic chase from behind - neither team had a rider represented in the breakaway - with Australia setting up the race for sprinter Michael Matthews and Germany working for John Degenkolb. The eight riders lasted through the penultimate lap with Boonen leading the way into Libby Hill, smiling as the roar of the crowd made it feel more like Flanders and less like Virginia.

But the breakaway was caught after the 23rd street climb with just over a lap to go, setting up a slew of attacks.

Guillaume Boivin (Canada), Jarlinson Pantano from Colombia, Taylor Phinney (USA) and Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus) were the next to go, and their move lasted until 36km to go, just before the ascent of Libby Hill heading into two laps to go.

The next move to escape included Bauke Mollema, Tom Boonen, Andrey Amador, defending champion Michal Kwiatkowski, Ian Stannard, Dani Moreno and Elia Viviani, but despite Boonen's strong surge up the Libby Hill climb on the penultimate lap, they were caught before the finish line.

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) led the peloton through the finish with one lap to go and pushed the pace so hard that a gap opened behind and the only rider able to stick to his wheel was Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Russia).

The Italians were responsible for bringing back the flurry of late-race attacks that included a move from American Tyler Farrar and Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus), who squeezed out an advantage of 10 seconds with seven kilometres to go.

The pair were caught at the bottom of Libby Hill Park as the Italian and Belgian teams blasted passed them, followed by the French and German teams.

Zdenek Stybar was the first to launch his attack on the cobbles followed by John Degenkolb (Germany) and Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet.

A select group emerged at the top of Libby Hill that also included Niki Terpstra (Nethelrands), but they were caught by the base of the 19 per cent 23rd Street climb.

Sagan made a powerful move on the steep ascent, gaining a small gap over the top. As he went into a deep tuck position on the descent he chipped out a few seconds gap ahead of the chasers Van Avermaet and Terpstra.

But Sagan's superior skills in cornering proved to be the decisive moment for the Slovakian - and the three seconds he had at the finish line were gained in the two very fast turns before the final climb.

Although Rigoberto Uran (Colombia) attacked out of the field and looked set to run down Sagan, he was marked by stronger sprinters and gambled to wait.

The gamble did not pay off, and Sagan sailed in and thrilled the crowd with an unbridled celebration.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Slovakia)6:14:37 
2Michael Matthews (Australia)0:00:03 
3Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania)  
4Alexander Kristoff (Norway)  
5Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spain)  
6Simon Gerrans (Australia)  
7Tony Gallopin (France)  
8Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)  
9Rui Costa (Portugal)  
10Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)  
11Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)  
12Alex Howes (United States Of America)  
13Niki Terpstra (Netherlands)  
14Rein Taaramae (Estonia)  
15Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Russian Federation)  
16Nelson Oliveira (Portugal)  
17Yukiya Arashiro (Japan)  
18Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy)  
19Brent Bookwalter (United States Of America)  
20Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)  
21Nacer Bouhanni (France)  
22Ben Swift (Great Britain)  
23Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)  
24Tanel Kangert (Estonia)  
25Andrey Amador Bkkazakova (Costa Rica)  
26Marco Haller (Austria)0:00:12 
27Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spain)  
28Silvan Dillier (Switzerland)  
29John Degenkolb (Germany)0:00:15 
30Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain)  
31Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)  
32Rigoberto Uran Uran (Colombia)0:00:18 
33Matti Breschel (Denmark)0:00:21 
34Matteo Trentin (Italy)  
35Tom Boonen (Belgium)  
36Pavel Brutt (Russian Federation)  
37Aleksei Tcatevich (Russian Federation)0:00:28 
38Arnaud Demare (France)0:00:32 
39Tomasz Marczynski (Poland)0:00:40 
40Sam Bennett (Ireland)  
41Karel Hnik (Czech Republic)  
42Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)  
43Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic)  
44Heinrich Haussler (Australia)  
45Lars Ytting Bak (Denmark)0:00:55 
46Andriy Grivko (Ukraine)  
47Luka Pibernik (Slovenia)  
48Luka Mezgec (Slovenia)  
49Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukraine)  
50Daryl Impey (South Africa)  
51Ian Stannard (Great Britain)  
52Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spain)  
53Benjamin King (United States Of America)  
54Michal Golas (Poland)  
55Sergey Lagutin (Russian Federation)  
56Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spain)  
57Adam Yates (Great Britain)  
58Greg Henderson (New Zealand)  
59Maciej Paterski (Poland)0:01:10 
60Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)0:01:38 
61Antoine Duchesne (Canada)0:01:50 
62Ilnur Zakarin (Russian Federation)0:01:55 
63Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan)0:02:02 
64Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium)0:02:08 
65Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Argentina)0:02:09 
66Michael Albasini (Switzerland)0:02:15 
67Michael Valgren (Denmark)0:02:50 
68Carlos Julian Quintero (Colombia)  
69Bauke Mollema (Netherlands)  
70Arman Kamyshev (Kazakhstan)  
71Jens Keukeleire (Belgium)  
72Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway)  
73Adam Hansen (Australia)  
74Rafal Majka (Poland)  
75Mickael Delage (France)  
76Gregory Rast (Switzerland)  
77Mathew Hayman (Australia)  
78Michael Morkov (Denmark)  
79Tyler Farrar (United States Of America)0:03:00 
80Tiesj Benoot (Belgium)0:03:35 
81Lars Boom (Netherlands)  
82Manuel Quinziato (Italy)0:03:41 
83Daniele Bennati (Italy)  
84Fabio Felline (Italy)  
85Taylor Phinney (United States Of America)  
86Grega Bole (Slovenia)0:03:45 
87Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands)  
88Tony Martin (Germany)0:04:00 
89Elia Viviani (Italy)0:05:18 
90Simon Geschke (Germany)0:05:23 
91Robert Gesink (Netherlands)0:06:43 
92Stijn Vandenbergh (Belgium)  
93Ryan Anderson (Canada)  
94Michael Woods (Canada)  
95Sergei Chernetski (Russian Federation)  
96Dylan van Baarle (Netherlands)  
97Jan Barta (Czech Republic)  
98Jiri Polnicky (Czech Republic)  
99Pim Ligthart (Netherlands)  
100Cyril Lemoine (France)  
101Scott Thwaites (Great Britain)  
102Diego Ulissi (Italy)  
103Paul Voss (Germany)0:08:12 
104Paul Martens (Germany)0:10:47 
105Andre Greipel (Germany)  
106Marcel Sieberg (Germany)  
107Guillaume Boivin (Canada)0:11:11 
108Radoslav Rogina (Croatia)  
109Lawson Craddock (United States Of America)0:12:56 
110Gatis Smukulis (Latvia)0:13:58 
DNFJoaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spain)  
DNFFlorian Vachon (France)  
DNFSimon Clarke (Australia)  
DNFMitch Docker (Australia)  
DNFKristijan Durasek (Croatia)  
DNFGeorg Preidler (Austria)  
DNFChristian Knees (Germany)  
DNFReinardt Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa)  
DNFJay McCarthy (Australia)  
DNFLuke Durbridge (Australia)  
DNFRoman Kreuziger (Czech Republic)  
DNFLuke Rowe (Great Britain)  
DNFChristopher Juul Jensen (Denmark)  
DNFRasmus Guldhammer (Denmark)  
DNFNikolas Maes (Belgium)  
DNFImanol Erviti Ollo (Spain)  
DNFRuben Plaza Molina (Spain)  
DNFDenys Kostyuk (Ukraine)  
DNFLars Petter Nordhaug (Norway)  
DNFKohei Uchima (Japan)  
DNFRuslan Tleubayev (Kazakhstan)  
DNFSebastien Minard (France)  
DNFJuraj Sagan (Slovakia)  
DNFMichal Kolar (Slovakia)  
DNFKristijan Koren (Slovenia)  
DNFLuis Mas Bonet (Spain)  
DNFBorut Bozic (Slovenia)  
DNFVasil Kiryienka (Belarus)  
DNFJuan Carlos Rojas (Costa Rica)  
DNFRyan Roth (Canada)  
DNFJarlinson Pantano (Colombia)  
DNFJohannes Frohlinger (Germany)  
DNFGediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania)  
DNFPetr Vakoc (Czech Republic)  
DNFSven Erik Bystrom (Norway)  
DNFIljo Keisse (Belgium)  
DNFJose Goncalves (Portugal)  
DNFWinner Anacona Gomez (Colombia)  
DNFAlex Cano Ardila (Colombia)  
DNFMekseb Debesay (Eritrea)  
DNFManuel Rodas Ochoa (Guatemala)  
DNFJulien Simon (France)  
DNFVitaliy Buts (Ukraine)  
DNFAndrew Fenn (Great Britain)  
DNFLukas Postlberger (Austria)  
DNFJulian Alaphilippe (France)  
DNFMaciej Bodnar (Poland)  
DNFOleksandr Polivoda (Ukraine)  
DNFPolychronis Tzortzakis (Greece)  
DNFEdwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Colombia)  
DNFConor Dunne (Ireland)  
DNFEvaldas Siskevicius (Lithuania)  
DNFBayron Guama De La Cruz (Ecuador)  
DNFKleber Ramos (Brazil)  
DNFFumiyuki Beppu (Japan)  
DNFMiguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Colombia)  
DNFHugo Houle (Canada)  
DNFAlex Dowsett (Great Britain)  
DNFJesse Sergent (New Zealand)  
DNFCarlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Colombia)  
DNFTomas Buchacek (Czech Republic)  
DNFSerghei Tvetcov (Romania)  
DNFSam Bewley (New Zealand)  
DNFLaurent Didier (Luxembourg)  
DNFDaniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez (Colombia)  
DNFMarko Kump (Slovenia)  
DNFVegard Breen (Norway)  
DNFYauheni Hutarovich (Belarus)  
DNFJos Van Emden (Netherlands)  
DNFJean-Pierre Drucker (Luxembourg)  
DNFIvan Stevic (Serbia)  
DNFDaniel Oss (Italy)  
DNFAndriy Khripta (Ukraine)  
DNFNikolay Mihaylov (Bulgaria)  
DNFSung Baek Park (Korea)  
DNFGonzalo Garrido (Chile)  
DNFAlex Kirsch (Luxembourg)  
DNFDaniel Diaz (Argentina)  
DNFJoon Yong Seo (Korea)  
DNFAntonio Garnero (Brazil)  
DNFCesar Rojas Villegas (Costa Rica)  
DNSJaco Venter (South Africa)  

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