World Championships: Bad weather gallery

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.

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