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October 23, 2019


Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show. Coming up this week, we wrap up the UCI Road
Race World Championships, and answer the question, just who is Mads Pedersen? We also look back at some quite incredible
performances from Annemiek van Vleuten and Chloe Dygert Owen, and we’ll also be discussing
the GCN predictions, which, ahem, didn’t go too well, surprisingly. We shall start, though, with the Elite men’s
world championships in Yorkshire from yesterday. The weather forecast for most of the week
had been bad, and the forecast was right. On the morning of the race, they had to cut
20kms from it, and with it, a couple of the biggest climbs that were supposed to lead
them to the finishing circuit. Those omissions didn’t make the race any
easier, though. So bad was the weather, so deceivingly tough
was the circuit, it was one of the hardest world championships we’ve had in years. In fact, in the end, there were only 46 finishers
– it’s been 23 years since we had fewer – Lugano in 1996. An early break which included three Grand
Tour winners, Roglic, Quintana and Carapaz, was caught on the finishing circuits, and
it took a while for the next move to go. Lawson Craddock went with a little under 50kms
remaining, soon joined by Stefan Kung. A little later, Mads Pederson jumped across,
and then Moscon. Soon after, though, the big move came. Pre race favourite Mathieu van der Poel attacking
on a climb, Trentin glued to his wheel, Alaphilippe unable to follow. That gave us 5 out front, and as it would
turn out, it was the race winning move. Most so called experts, including myself,
then decided it was a two horse race between Trentin and van der Poel. Until 11kms to go, that is, when the latter
was distanced. I, and many others, were sat there wondering
what was wrong with his bike. And the answer, as we soon found out, was
nothing, his bike was fine, but he wasn’t. He’d just gone through what every single
cyclist has been through at some point. The lights had gone out, completely. As bonking goes, it was pretty spectacular. He went from being race favourite, to being
caught by the main group, to getting dropped, eventually rolling in close to 11 minutes
down and one of the last finishers. All that in the space of 11kms. What we can conclude from this is that van
der Poel IS human, after all, just about. It meant that the race was then Trentin’s
to lose. But, lose it he did, to the strongest man
in the race, Mads Pedersen. In what was a battle between who had the most
energy left, rather than who was fastest on paper. Pedersen became Denmark’s first ever Elite
Men’s World Championship winner, and the youngest winner of the event since Oscar Freire
in 1999. So just who is Mads Pedersen? It seems a lot of us want to know – over 33,000
people clicked on his procyclingstats page yesterday, a record for their website. Well, he was born in Lejre, in Denmark, and
he still resides in his home country now. Mads won Paris Roubaix as a junior in 2013,
a year in which he also picked up the silver medal at the World Championships. He turned pro in 2017 with Trek, winning his
national championships, the Tour of Denmark and the Tour Poitou Charentes. Big results, but he first came on to many
people’s radar at the Tour of Flanders last year, where he finished runner up to Niki
Terpstra. This year, his only win came in his last race
before the World Champs, the GP d’Isbergues, and you wonder whether that race is going
to become the preparation race of choice. As the Inrng pointed out, in 2016 and 2017,
the winners, Kristoffer Halvorsen and Benoit Cosnefroy, both went on to win the junior
championships, albeit in the U23 category. Apart from that, he’s a really easy going
guy that just enjoys riding his bike, he also owns a very fast motorbike, and he’s getting
married later this year. So, what next for Mads Pedersen? Well, you would imagine that, with the rainbow
jersey on his back, he’ll be able to command much more of a leadership role with Trek Segafredo
at the classics, and given his previous performances, you’d not put it past him winning the Tour
of Flanders or Paris Roubaix, or at the very least, a cobbled semi classic. What he’ll be hoping for, though, is rain
– he clearly excels when the races are long, hard, and grim. Also, interestingly, Mads Pedersen is younger
than Mathieu van der Poel, and so is yet another example of a whole new generation taking over
at the helm from the likes of last year’s winner, Alejandro Valverde. He pulled out with around 100kms to, and said
that the race was for mad men. More prophetic words you are unlikely to hear. Now, what I particularly loved was this video
taken by Sven Jonker, of Ken Sommer’s reaction to Pedersen’s win. He, along with my former teammate Joao Correia,
are Pedersen’s agents, and have looked after a lot of young riders over the last few years. I just love the combination of joy and disbelief. Trentin’s reaction at missing out was an
admirable one – he just said that he’d done everything he could, that he was disappointed,
but that he’d lost to a stronger rider. Stefan Kung, meanwhile, could be happy with
a bronze medal, Switzerland’s first medal at the Elite men’s road champs for a long
time. So what about our predictions? And, not only did we not predict Pedersen,
we also mentioned about 115 riders for the Elite men’s race, but not him. Not even once. That said, those of you who follow me on social
media will know that I had a cheeky little bet on Pedersen at 160-1, so I was a happy
many yesterday! Although probably not quite as happy as Annemiek
van Vleuten had been the previous day at the Elite Women’s Road Race, held, incredibly,
under blue skies, at least for some of it. The pace was high from the start, particularly
on the climbs, and on the toughest of them all, Lofthouse, Annemiek van Vleuten went
on the attack. Nobody would, or could go with her, and there
was still 105kms to go. It was an audacious move, even potentially
stupid, as she herself admitted afterwards, but she quickly eeked out a 2 minute advantage,
despite the best efforts of the likes of Lizzie Deignan behind. And that, as they say, was that. Chloe Dygert Owen tried to get across with
30kms to go, closing the gap before it ballooned again, and in the end, her closest challenged
was teammate and last year’s world champion, Anna van der Breggen. It was a ridiculous impressive ride, really,
I mean you hardly ever see a 105km solo attack succeed in any pro race, let alone at the
world championships. But, having thought about it, maybe it wasn’t
as silly an attack as it initially looked. I mean of course it wasn’t in hindsight,
she won, but bear with me here. The Dutch were the team to beat, we knew it,
they knew it, and van Vleuten knew it. So, rather than stupidity, her move was genius,
in my view. Two or three of her key rivals for the title
were in her own team, and so in going ahead early, it meant that, behind, she had the
likes of Vos and Van der Breggen chasing down any of the attacks from her rivals in other
teams. I mean, 105kms is still a bit excessive, but
it clearly worked. That said, for it to work, you had to have
one of the strongest racers we have ever seen. Van Vleuten is an inspiration to all of us
– continuing to improve year after year through sheer hard work and determination. That was one of the most impressive performances
I have ever witnessed at any race, and it’s made our choice for GCN Rider of the Week
an easy one, well done Annemiek. Well done too, to Amanda Spratt, who took
a fine third place on the day. Before we move on, I wanted to let you know
what we’ve got coming up for you this week on GCN Racing. At the weekend, we have the next two Italian
one day races, the Giro dell’Emilia and GP Beghelli, live to those of you in North,
Central or South America, with commentary from yours truly. We also have some international cyclocross
from Meulebeke and Pelt on Saturday and Sunday, with Marty joined by Helen Wyman and Jeremey
Powers respectively, both of those available in most countries. Right, on to the time trials, and in the men’s,
we had an expected surprise, if such a thing is possible. Rohan Dennis hadn’t raced since pulling
out of the Tour de France in July, and so his form was unknown to us, if not him. He obviously wasn’t lying when he said he’d
been training very hard for this event back at home – it was a lesson to us all in remaining
focussed on a goal. His win didn’t come on a Merida bike, though
– he’d already stated before hand that he’d be using a bike supplied by the Australian
Cycling Federation. Although actually, it was kind a team bike,
from the previous year, an unmarked BMC Time Machine. Although he went on to ride the road race
with a fully stickered up BMC. His team, Bahrain Merida, released a statement
last night, saying that his contract had been terminated a few days previously, something
which he is contesting. Anyway, his time trial performance was absolutely
brilliant. Dennis would win the event by over a minute
ahead of Remco Evenepoel, who took a silver medal in his first year as a senior rider,
which was incredible in itself. Although perhaps not as incredible as the
ride by Chloe Dygert Owen the previous day. Now this is a rider that we DID talk about
in our preview show, as I think we were all really excited to see what this talent was
capable of in one of her first events against the biggest race in the world. And, my word, she didn’t disappoint, did
she? I arrived home from Yorkshire myself to turn
the TV on and see that she was three minutes clear of the next best rider, former World
Time Trial champion Lisa Brennauer. In the end, she’d win by a minute and a
half from Anna Van Der Breggen, with last year’s winner Annemiek van Vleuten in third. It was the biggest winning margin in an Elite
individual time trial since the event was introduced in 1994, and to put that into perspective,
the event was only 30kms long. In other races – Mikkel Bjerg took his third
straight title in the U23 time trial – he’ll move on to the pro ranks with UAE Team Emirates
next year. American Quinn Simmons won the junior road
race after a very strong solo move – he’ll join Evenepoel as one of the few juniors to
go straight into the pro ranks, as he’s been signed by Trek Segafredo. The most controversial race of the week, though,
was the U23 men’s. It was a REALLY exciting race, with loads
of attacking, and it came down to the wire. Crossing the line first was Nils Eekhoff of
the Netherlands, but some time later, he was disqualified. It turned out that after he’d been involved
in a crash, he’d put his dislocated shoulder back in on his own, and then spent a few minutes
drafting behind his team car to make his way back to the bunch, with over 100kms to go. Now, there has been quite the contrast in
opinions about this, and it’s something that we’re going to be talking about at
length in tomorrow’s GCN Show. The following day, Nils put out a very balanced
statement all things considered. I personally feel bad for the lad, but I’d
love to hear your thoughts on the matter which you can leave in the comments section below. In the end, it was Samuele Battistella who
would take the rainbow jersey. He also took to twitter, to say that even
though he crossed the line 2nd, he was the strongest in the race. He’ll be racing for Team NTT for the next
two seasons, currently known as Dimension Data. It was the USA who topped the medal table,
handily put into graphic format in this tweet from Jose Been. One of those golds came in the junior women’s
road race, won by Megan Jastrab, who took that ahead of Julie de Wilde after late break
with TT winner. Before we finish with the World Championships,
next year’s route has already been announced, and it looks like it’s even harder than
the Innsbruck course from last year. It’s in Martini, Switzerland, and will have
a total of 4000m of elevation gain over 250kms. There’s just one main climb on the finishing
loop, the Petit Forclaz, which is 4kms long at 10% average gradient. Here’s the graphic of the parcours from
La Flamme Rouge – sure to be one for the pure climbers again. And there is set to be another UCI World Championships
– last week the UCI and Zwift announced that the first ever Esports Cycling World Championships
will take place next year. There aren’t that many details out there
yet in terms of location, course, or qualification, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing more soon. In other news, it emerged last week that the
Israel Cycling Academy will be taking over the worldtour license from Katusha in a kind
of merger. Unfortunately, though, with the Israeli team
already quite full, it means they’re unlikely to be able to home the 11 Katusha riders who
have a contract running through next year. Before we get on to some other transfer news,
Brice Feillu has announced his retirement. He only took one win in his career, but it
was a mountain stage at the Tour de France, not too shabby! Marta Bastianelli will return to the Ale Cipollini
team next year, she is currently with VIRTU Cycling, a team folding at the end of the
season. Joining her at the Italian team next year
is Mavi Garcia, currently with. Elynor Backstedt, who finished 5th at the
junior road race championships, and 3rd in the time trial, has signed a three year deal
with TREK Segafredo. There’s also a rumour that Petr Vakoc will
move from Deceuninck Quickstep to Corenden Circus next year. OK, that’s all for this week – next week
we’ll be back with the Italian one day races and the next international cyclocross races
from the weekend. To remind you, we have all of those live in
certain territories here on GCN Racing. Right – in the meantime, if you haven’t
yet see us set a world indoor hour record, you can find that video down here. It’s on a penny farthing, believe it or
not!

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  1. Yorkshire should be ashamed of its shitty ass narrow roads, and British cycling organized the most chaotic event I've ever seen. Glad nobody got seriously injured or run over by cars…….oh wait, that totally happened!

  2. I was very happy to see Pedersen win the race yesterday. Maybe it was the cameramen's job, but seemed like Trentin wasn't really doing many pulls out front for the majority of that breakaway. Presumably saving up for that finishing sprint

  3. MVDP cracking reminds me of one of Si's stories, where he was at the front group with 8km to go and didn't even finish (although MVDP finished to be fair).

  4. I didn't get to see the race so I only checked the results much later on. My reaction upon seeing the winner was, literally, "who?". Glad I wasn't not the only one. Great, great stuff from Mads, definitely adding him to my "Young riders I'm hyped about" list.

  5. Go more in depth into the Junior and U23 races, they were just as good, if not better races than the elite races. I find it stupid that the stickers, or lack there of, on Rohan Dennis' bike gets more coverage than the junior women world champions.

  6. It's a shame that Eekhoff was dq'd, if you crash in a crit you get a free lap and can get back in. If you crash in a road race and you are willing and able you should be allowed to get back in. Maybe put a limit on the amount of time motor pacing to get back in?

  7. The Eekhof conversation is an interesting one for sure. Since its been a topic of conversation for a long time. Did he get back onto the bunch by drafting behind the car? yes definitely. But!. here's the issue. There's drafting back on with probably 99% of th eguys who get a puncture or have a crash. Thats absolutely clear. Some only have to do it for 10 seconds. some for 5 seconds some for a minute. What is the rule? is 30 seconds allowed and not 2 minutes? which seems a silly rule as well. what if you crash 4 times and draft 4 times it amounts to 2 minutes. There are clearly no clear rules. drafting is allowed but not too much? whats not too much? like what is the rule. Problem is everyone gets drafted back. In this case It was a long timr. But mitigating circumstances for sure. I am sure looking back he rather have stayed in the peloton. He lost more energy chasing back even with drafting (and the obvious injuries from the crash). No advantage. And lastly.. personally I feel you either take him out of the race right then and there or you dont at all. Theres absolutely no way you let him ride.. for the next 4 hours, he wins. and then you disqualify him. You cant do that. Also if he finished 50th. He would have never been DQ'ed. So yes there are clear issues. Imagine in football scoring a (barely)offside goal in the 20th minute. and after the match the goal gets disallowed. ridiculous.

  8. Easily one of the best Championships I've seen in a long time.

    Team Mixed time trail was so exciting better then boring standard Trade teams trail. But may it be said the women where the stars of that event
    U23 such bad luck with the weather by Time trail and road race.

    The Dsq was another UCI cock up. They had to wait till the end of the race to make that decision. The technolgy is there so an earlier verdict could have been made to take him and some others that where also later Dsq. I agree on the descion that it was wayyy to long behind the team car but not like that.
    Top prize was the Womens race, yes the mens was dampend cause of the weather but only the last 50kms was truly gripping.
    My thoughts where the dutch want to get rid of the weeker teams but nope atruly amazing ride from Van Vluten.
    Lizzie was couragerous in her efforts but seemed to be the one pushing harder than the others in group.
    Chloe I thought should have gone earlier but blowing up like that, like Van Der Poel was unexpected
    Glad I had the days of work to watch it aall

  9. UCI should have shown some consistency beforehand on DQing riders for drafting behind cars before DQing Eekhoff in a world championship. The drafting has been allowed to run rampant in the past few years. That used to be a no-no. Not fair to Eekhoff.

  10. Ridiculous refereeing.. He just dislocated his shoulder and then has to ride back. Yes, it is behind a car, but it's not like you don't have to ride anymore behind a car. You can't tell me that it is easier to have this crash+stayering than just easy going in the peloton. Also if you then say it is illegal, don't have him ride for another 100km before pushing an Englishman on the podium. The excuse was that they didn't know, which is a clear lie as you can see on the video a referee coming by seeing him behind the car.

  11. I was watching the worlds on Danish TV and it was amazing. To be honest I was shouting when I saw Mads Pedersen overtake Trentin in the sprint. All in all it was a special day which ended with Rolf Sørensen, who’s now a commentator, crying out of joy on live TV. Valgren expression when he realised that Mads had won was also quite something.

  12. As impressive as Annemiek Van Vlueten's race was seeing her climb over the barricades to greet her family. How do you do that after being off the front solo for over 100k?

  13. I can't say that I'm not disappointed that GCN didn't broadcast the races like the grand tours, I'm disappointed that Roglic (and I'm a fan) was allowed to draft recently, also to catch up, but this was grounds for a DQ, doesn't make any sense . . .

  14. He grew up in Tølløse. His girlfriend is from Lejre, and since Mads Pedersen is so much away at bike races, they decided to settle down in Lejre. So she can be close to friends and her family, while he is out chasing the finish line 🙆🏼‍♀️

  15. They should’ve took Nils Eekhof out of the race when te race was still going. Not after he had just won the World championships. The way they did it now is how you destroy someones world for a long time.

  16. 1:10 wrong it was more like 65/70 kms. Your recap on GCN racing are some of the best and most complete on youtube but there are often some silly mistakes like that one that could easily be avoided.

  17. The current rules should be reviewed. It’s difficult, you could argue if the race has a particular distance left, drafting could be legal as it is similar to drafting in the pack. Consistency is required.

  18. here's my tuppence on the **one** reason why Trentin did not win (seems insulting to say 'lost' after such a superhuman effort from him and anyone that finished the race) despite being IMO by far the strongest rider: drawing from my triathlon experience ( yes: i have ridden bikes without wearing socks) with a particular focus on the skill of running off the bike I am familiar with the demands of having to activate different muscles/same muscles in different ways in order to adapt to a changing effort ( bike to run). Looking back at the race seems to me Trentin was the rider who climbed in the saddle the most and therefore lost the opportunity to prime his muscles for the sprint by engaging the muscles in the kind of effort ( riding out of the saddle) that more closely replicates the sprint. in triathlons the general advice is to increase the cadence/spin the legs in readiness fir the run. thoughts?

  19. Dear GCN, May I cordially ask why (at 4:13) you are showing an image of José Joaquín Rojas (rider number 7 on the day) whilst speaking about Alejandro Valverde Belmonte. Warmest Regards, Ash

  20. Let's see if Yourkshire will ever be mentioned with the term UCI anymore. Too many riders for narrow roads in very bad weather. That being said, unbelievable racing.

  21. Great coverage, the races had a lot of drama! Unfortunately the Dutch didn't get their riders as World Champions on every discipline, as was predicted beforehand. More Luck next year I guess.

  22. As far as drafting goes all I want is consistency, either it is enforced equally at all races or remove it from the rule book. This allows the riders to clearly know what to expect and what they can or can not do.

  23. Absolutely bonkers race by the Danes. Everyone was expecting Fuglsang or Valgren to be the ones to watch and they pull out this tough 23 year old out of nowhere and he hits the right breakaway. Küng was an absolute beast too. That guy worked so hard all day long. Insane race. I don't think I have ever seen that amount of rain before.

  24. Since he was mostly drafting his own car I do think it was inappropriate. Had he been drafting other vehicles then it would have been more acceptable.

  25. The disqualification is absolutely outrageous, the guy won even after he was hurt in a crash, which shows he'd win even more easily if he didn't crash. Drafting behind the cars didn't give him any advantage at all, only put him back in a game and even than he still was in disadvantage cause he's injured. He was drafting because of the crash NOT because he got dropped, that's a HUGE difference and ppl are so ignorant to see it. But the main reason for disqualification was not the drafting, but putting the British guy on the podium at Eekhoff expense. Absolutely no doubt about it. You guys should be ashamed of this.

  26. Nils drafted 2 minutes behind the team car as was clearly shown on Twitter. He passed 3 riders who were not drafting which clearly shows he gained an illegal advantage.

  27. After the controversial Valverde, it's good to see a new face and clean-record rider with the Rainbow Jersey. That will inspire a new generation of wanna-be cyclists. That was a bitter-sweet of season for Trentin – 2 Podium finishes at races where he did perform well, but was beaten by stronger and smarter cyclists. 2020 is gonna be even better than 2019!

  28. Everyone is critical of the UCI for their decision in the U23. Here in the US the commentators mentioned that 9/10 time these scenarios are a result of team protests. This being said, it is not surprising that it all culminated at the end of the race when the teams submitted the protest (if this is the case). I remember Tom Dumoulin’s stage 6 TOF penalty for doing the exact same thing.

  29. Nobody mentioned the Danish lad because nobody could have predicted the race would be such living hell, well done for him.
    With 5 km to go I was quite sure the Italian guy would win, but there you go.
    Too bad Peter did not go for it earlier but seeing van der Poel stop as if being shot was truly devastating.

    In the other race that Annemiek girl did smoke them real good indeed.

  30. The attack of van Vleuten showed not only bravery but also quite a lot of intelligence and thought. It was a tailwind up the climb, and once over the top a long tailwind descent all the way to Masham, which meant that it was a long way from the top until a chase could reasonably well even begin to organise to close the gap (even if they could get the cohesion). It was the same as for the u23 men – the climb did the damage, but the tailwind descent concreted it! Tactically impressive.

  31. Too bad GCN did not give daily summaries like the grand tours. Really missed waking up to GCN recap! Hopefully next year!

  32. Mads Pedersen is the same generation as Mathieu van der Poel (1995) – Van der Poel took the gold medal at the mentioned junior worlds, where Pedersen took silver. Pedersen was just born late december and MvdP in late january, so there's almost a year between them though.

  33. Re: Eekhoff

    In an ideal world, Eekhoff + DS would have been given a warning for drafting, then a DQ if they didn't stop. A straight DQ would have been harsh, but he was drafting behind the same car for over two minutes, going past dropped riders who didn't tag along, so I don't have a problem with him getting disqualified during the act or after returning to the pack.

    But we don't change the result of a football game because a goal was incorrectly disallowed in the 20th minute. UCI didn't take action during, or a reasonable time after the act. World champion or not, had Kron or Higuita become world champion instead, what then? They wouldn't have been able to win without Eekhoff as the race turned out. Would they get have gotten relegated for Eekhoff's disqualification?

    As a side note, you refer to ICA as "quite full". Procyclingstats lists 8 riders on their roster for 2020, Firstcycling lists 11. That should easily make room for the 11 Katusha riders. Which riders haven't the two included?

  34. I think it would have been appropriate to mention 22yr old Chloe Dygert's winning time to that of the U23 men. Now, I don't know if the women elite & U23 men rode the same course…but commentators on race day said that she would have placed 11th in the U23 men…had she raced them.

  35. In case you dont know, Mads Pedersen is old school, he likes to go for 300 km long training days, and not many of his cycling friends likes to go with him, course as they say, he takes them for a ride and eventual leaves them. True facts. His biggest problem is he sometimes over train, like he did this year, which ruin his spring classic season, thats why he went under the radar. But this was not the last time you heard of Mads Pedersen, much more to come.

  36. Wait, where is Marty? Also, please some on screen visuals, it really helps with names we never heard before, and better profile pics. It would also help separate topics.

  37. Thanks for mentioning the US. For a nation that has relatively few elite riders in the pro peleton, they raced like a team in the worlds and really showed a lot of class.
    Martigny is a great area for cycling. Gotta make sure that they clear the road of the rocks which inevitably fall out of the vinyards that the circuit goes through and reinforce the guardrails on the left though, one picks up serious speed on the way down.

  38. Props to Van Vleuten. I figured Chloe Dygert would have the psychological edge after wrecking everyone (including Van Vleuten) en route to 2 world records in the individual pursuit.

  39. I think van Vleuten's attack and success did have quite a bit of logic to it too. In attacking she not only broke away herself, but split up the peloton so that team tactics came to play. Only 7 riders were chasing her, and all from different nations (I think), rather than a whole peloton and they had van der Breggen sitting in there like an anchor. And because of those 7 their teams weren't working in the peloton behind so they never closed down that chase group, let alone van Vleuten. Had they done so then she would have struggled to hold off a whole peloton, but as it was it was perfect!

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