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Watch: The 'missing' final 4km of the World Championships

Jack Elton-Walters
25 Sep 2017

Peter Sagan popped up at the end to win, but what happened in the lead up?

Peter Sagan recorded a remarkable third consecutive win in the Men's Road Race of the UCI World Championships. However, for those of us watching live the last thing we saw before the sprint for the line was Julian Alaphilippe away on his own.

The Frenchman finished 10th but his attack on the final ascent of Salmon Hill had looked like it might stick.

The host broadcaster encountered a techinical fault that meant only the static, wired cameras could stream live pictures and the moto-mounted cameras were redunctant.

For much of the last 4km viewers were treated to the sight of the empty finishing funnel until the pack came marauding into view.

Showing his face for the first time in the entire race, defending champion Sagan launched off of Alexander Kristoff's wheel and won the race thanks to a well time bike throw.

As the video, above, shows the riders knew who had won as Kristoff congratulated Sagan but we had to wait a couple of minutes while the commissaires had a look at the photo.

The 2018 World Championships are to be hosted by Innsbruck, Austria and the course has been designed for climbers. Even so, never rule out Sagan.