Moscon rides to fourth at Yorkshire Worlds

29 Sep 2019

Moscon rides to fourth at Yorkshire Worlds

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Gianni Moscon finished fourth after a brutal day of racing in the men's elite road race at the Yorkshire World Championships.

The Italian bridged across to what turned out to be the winning move on the punishing finishing circuit around Harrogate with 40 kilometres to race and played a strong support role for teammate Matteo Trentin, who went on to finish second behind new world champion Mads Pedersen (Denmark).

Moscon slipped away from the leading quartet with five kilometres to race, but dug in to finish fourth, a one-place improvement on his fifth in Innsbruck last season.

Tao Geoghegan Hart was the first British finisher, crossing the line in 26th, with Ben Swift home in 30th having been distanced from the peloton on the final lap. Of the 196 starters, only 46 riders finished after a gruelling day out in almost constant rain.
The race was shortened before the start, with heavy rain causing parts of the course to be closed off, but at 261 kilometres it remained a serious test, twisting out of Leeds, over the Yorkshire Dales, and into Harrogate.

The day's early break, containing Grand Tour winners Primoz Roglic, Nairo Quintana and Richard Carapaz, was kept on a tight leash by the peloton, before being swept up on the first of nine laps on Harrogate's 14km finish circuit.

The race then settled into a steady rhythm, before attacks started to fire with 60km to race. Stefan Kung - who went on to finish third - and Lawson Craddock hit out, prompting Team INEOS rider Dylan van Baarle to put in a strong stint at the head of the bunch to keep the duo in check for his Dutch teammates.

Moscon, Trentin, Pedersen and Mathieu van der Poel eventually bridged across and with the peloton dwindling behind the chase lost impetus. It quickly became apparent the world champion would come from the leading quintet.

When Van der Poel cracked Trentin looked to be the favourite, but it was Pedersen who prevailed on the drag to the line in central Harrogate.
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Ben Swift: "That was a hard day today. My body didn’t ;et me have it. I’ve been fighting something a little bit and gave it my best shot. It was a grim old day and I just had nothing left at the end.

"It’s what I wanted [the weather]. It was the best scenario for me really but in the end my body just didn’t have it.

"The crowds were incredible. The atmosphere was building and building each lap. It’s never nice to ride those last few kilometres on your own but they gave me amazing support.

"It’s not the result we wanted but it’s been a great week for cycling in the UK."
Rolling out of Leeds

Rolling out of Leeds

Dylan van Baarle battling the conditions

Dylan van Baarle battling the conditions

Gianni Moscon pushing the pace in the lead group

Gianni Moscon pushing the pace in the lead group

Winner Mads Pedersen celebrates

Winner Mads Pedersen celebrates

Results

1. Mads Pedersen (Denmark) 6:27:28
2. Matteo Trentin (Italy)
3. Stefan Kung (Switzerland) +2"
4. Gianni Moscon (Italy) +17"
5. Peter Sagan (Slovakia) +43"
26. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Great Britain) +2:20"
31. Ben Swift (Great Britain) +6:38"

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