Denmark’s Mads Pedersen came out on top to win the elite men’s world road race in brutal conditions in Yorkshire. The 23-year-old caused a huge upset when becoming the first ever Dane to win the race, as he pipped Italy’s Matteo Trentin in a sprint finish, while Switzerland’s Stefan Kung took the Bronze.
Atrocious wet weather made conditions resulted in the race being shortened and a number of the field opted to pull out following a number of crashes on the course. But Pedersen managed to stick it out to claim a famous win. Trentin looked to be favourite out of the leading trio to take the sprint finish, and made the first move with 200m to go.
However, 23-year-old Pedersen had more in his locker and in the end powered to a comfortable win. “This is unbelievable,” said Pedersen. “I didn’t expect this and it wasn’t the plan. I hoped that when I saw the finish line all the pain would be gone and I could do a good sprint. “It’s every rider’s dream to wear the rainbow jersey – for me to do it now is unbelievable.”