Pedersen proud to bring first elite men's road world title to Denmark

Mads Pedersen (Denmark) with his gold medal as 2019 World Champion (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mads Pedersen will go down in history as the first Danish rider to capture the elite men's road race world title. He secured the prestigious rainbow jersey in a three-up sprint at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire on Sunday.  

Pedersen, 23, collapsed from exhaustion after crossing the finish line, surrounded by his teammates who had piled on top of him in celebration of his victory.

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