Valgren saves crash-marred road race for Denmark with bronze medal at Worlds

Michael Valgren (Denmark) secures bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships
Michael Valgren (Denmark) secures bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships (Image credit: Getty Images)

World Championships road race bronze medallist Michael Valgren said that he "saved the day" for Denmark after the squad suffered a day of bad luck and crashes in the elite men's race on the roads of Flemish Brabant.

The talented Danish team was touted before the race as perhaps the strongest the country had ever sent to a Worlds, with triple Vuelta a España stage winner Magnus Cort heading up an eight-man selection that also included former world champion Mads Pedersen, Tour of Flanders champion Kasper Asgreen, and Valgren himself.

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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix