The 2017 World Championships came to a close on Sunday with the final event of the men’s elite road race taking place in Bergen, Norway. Team KATUSHA ALPECIN rider Alexander Kristoff, representing Norway on his home turf, put up a tremendous fight in his attempt to claim the top spot, but fell short by only a few centimeters to end up in the silver position. Peter Sagan of Slovakia took gold for the third time in a row.
In front of a huge and enthusiastic home crowd, Kristoff opened up his sprint first and was quickly joined by Sagan in a two-man battle for the title. A photo finish gave the win for Sagan by one-quarter of a wheel width with a time of 6:28:11 (42.738 km/h). The bronze medal went to Michael Matthews of Australia.
The long 276.5km course in Bergen capped the 8-day series of events in the 90th Worlds. Included in today’s course were 12 ascents up Salmon Hill before the final time across the finish line. Team riders Viacheslav Kuznetsov and Ilnur Zakarin, representing Russia, were 16th and 23rd in the final.
Photo credit © Tim De Waele