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World Championships: Bad weather gallery

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Some very British weather for the elite men's road race at the 2019 World Championships in Yorkshire

Some very British weather for the elite men's road race at the 2019 World Championships in Yorkshire
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Colombia's Nairo Quintana bravely goes bare-legged in the atrocious conditions

Colombia's Nairo Quintana bravely goes bare-legged in the atrocious conditions
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An official-timing car gingerly makes its way through one of the course's deep puddles

An official-timing car gingerly makes its way through one of the course's deep puddles
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The riders push on through deep water early in the elite men's road race

The riders push on through deep water early in the elite men's road race
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The day's early break gets its feet wet on a very wet section of the course

The day's early break gets its feet wet on a very wet section of the course
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The Netherlands' Jos van Emden leads the peloton through one of the course's larger puddles

The Netherlands' Jos van Emden leads the peloton through one of the course's larger puddles
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The Australian team dreams of sunny beaches back home

The Australian team dreams of sunny beaches back home
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Umbrellas were the order of the day among the crowd, but there was no such protection for the riders

Umbrellas were the order of the day among the crowd, but there was no such protection for the riders
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Julian Alaphilippe

France's Julian Alaphilippe shows the after-effects of a long, wet day in the saddle
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It was an unlucky day for former world champion Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) who crashed early on the wet finishing circuits and quit the race after trying to get back into contention

It was an unlucky day for former world champion Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) who crashed early on the wet finishing circuits and quit the race after trying to get back into contention
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Riders push on through one of the large puddles on the course

Riders push on through one of the large puddles on the course
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Ecuador's Jefferson Cepeda kicks up some spray going through one of the many large puddles on the course of the elite men's road race at the 2019 World Championships in Yorkshire

Ecuador's Jefferson Cepeda kicks up some spray going through one of the many large puddles on the course of the elite men's road race at the 2019 World Championships in Yorkshire
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Slovakia's Juraj Sagan almost looks like he's enjoying himself

Slovakia's Juraj Sagan almost looks like he's enjoying himself
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Luxembourg's Ben Gastauer grits his teeth and goes for it through one of the race's many huge puddles

Luxembourg's Ben Gastauer grits his teeth and goes for it through one of the race's many huge puddles
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It was a long day for Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) who eventually finished eighth

It was a long day for Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) who eventually finished eighth
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The Netherlands' Mathieu van der Poel was unable to match the huge expectation that had been heaped upon him, fading to finish 43rd after at one point having been part of the winning breakaway

The Netherlands' Mathieu van der Poel was unable to match the huge expectation that had been heaped upon him, fading to finish 43rd after at one point having been part of the winning breakaway
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Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet is still full of fight on the wet Harrogate finishing circuit

Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet is still full of fight on the wet Harrogate finishing circuit
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Denmark's Mads Pedersen defies the weather – and his rivals – to win the 2019 World Championships elite men's road race in Harrogate

Denmark's Mads Pedersen defies the weather – and his rivals – to win the 2019 World Championships elite men's road race in Harrogate
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It was rather wet during the elite men's road race at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire on Sunday. And while Denmark's Mads Pedersen emerged triumphant from the storm, only 46 riders finished from 197 starters.

The rain before the race was so intense that the UCI was forced to shorten the race from 288km to 261km, cutting out some of the most badly flooded areas on the moors. The peloton still had to traverse some deep standing water early in the race, soaking everyone through to the skin.

On the closing circuits, the showers were on and off, but the plummeting temperatures left many riders too cold to put forth their best efforts.

Defending champion Alejandro Valverde said he was 'completely frozen'.

Looking at  some of these pictures in our 'bad-weather gallery', it's easy to understand why.