Catharsis: hot Cycling world Cup in Doha ended with the victory of Sagan

MOSCOW, 16 Jan — R-Sport, Veronica Gimadieva. World championship road Cycling in Doha didn’t bring medals to the Russian team, but ended with the victory of the Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan from the Russian Tinkoff in the team race.

The closest Russians to the medals was Olga Zabelin in the individual race with separate start (fourth place).

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Initially, the world Cup in Qatar was planned to conduct not in September as usual, and in October — in connection with the peculiarities of local climate. The UCI World tour in the autumn part of it, too, has undergone some changes, because according to the regulations all the teams had to go to Qatar and earn points in the first race of the championship according to the rules, they just could not miss it. Even in the summer the managers of the teams in the World tour made a statement that the International Cycling Union (UCI) should reconsider their attitude to this discipline — if teams are required to start, then they must pay all the costs.

UCI eventually did participate in the team race optional and decided not to award points in the World tour for performance in this kind of program. In the end the podium in the team race decreased slightly: from Russian teams refused to play in Qatar Pro “Gazprom-Rusvelo” and Tinkoff. Won this race in men Etixx — Quick Step, to regain the title, which in recent years has maintained a Navy.

By the time a disagreement to start in Doha subsided, there was new cause for concern. It would seem that everyone knew that in Qatar in October will be hot, but the temperature was still too high for many riders. After women’s “Papillon” has not been able to recover omelusik Alena from Belarus, who took silver in the Canyon with Sram Racing, Dutch Anouska Bonfire of Rabo-Liv was disoriented and crashed into a fence. These incidents added cases of urgent transfer to hospital due to heat stroke several juniors, as well as the incident with the Norwegian Suzanne Andersen knocked down by a car on the way to the hotel.

Twice fourth

“From my point of view, all within norm, — said Olga Zabelin, commenting for “R-Sport” the situation with the weather conditions in Qatar. On “Giro d”Italia” used to be much hotter, and no one complained. All individually: one in cold weather can not go to someone in seriously hot”.

In the composition Bepink Zabelin was fourth in the team race and individual is also stopped in a step from a pedestal. In the group she was disqualified because of the late replacement of the bike.

“Of course, the world championship was very tough for everyone. Someone didn’t cope with the heat, some wind, — said General Director of the Cycling Federation of Russia (fbr) Yuri Curly. — But that’s not the reason for our unsuccessful performance in the world Cup. It is the result of what we have today in the Russian Cycling. The provision we have always came with medals, this time no.”

“Men’s professional Cycling — it’s a different story, of course. But otherwise in the same situation with “anderai”, with women’s teams, we now need to make decisions, we have little time, the Institute team need to raise to make people understand where and why I come. I understand that money is not enough, but now we need to sit down and think how we can make it possible to run the program that we have, not so that people came and worked “who in the woods, who for firewood”, to enable them to train together,” said he.

The “elite” among men the best result of Russians in the ITT showed Anton Vorobyev (16th). Alexander Porsev won the sprint from the second group, where nobody could count on a medal. In the lead for the victory fought several world Champions.

Sagan’s footsteps Bettini

This year, Sagan was able to do more than in 2015: he won the first monumental “classics” in his career, once again was taken from “Tour de France” green Jersey of best Sprinter could compete, if not for mechanical problems, for a medal at the Olympic games in mountenbike, won the ranking of the World tour and got the second title of world champion. The last time two years in a row rainbow Jersey of world champion in the road race was won by Paolo Bettini (2006-2007), and to Sagan, this achievement has obeyed only to the Belgians and the Italians.

From the very beginning it was clear that over men’s road race, most likely, sprint from the group. Against this scenario, we tried to play the Dutch, when suddenly the decoupling attacked Leeser, but favorites are “get” a fugitive and played the sprint between the world Champions with the participation of the Australian Michael Matthews. The first was Sagan, the second Briton mark Cavendish, third — Belgian Tom Bonneau. For riders without a world title, including Matthews, the scope was not.

“Still in shock. It was hard for me to do today so that when such a side wind, to be in the first group, did it last. Here in Qatar, I had a great support group and that helped a lot: here is my wife, father, brother was with me in the race, helped me a lot. Thank you (Michaela) Kalaru, which was the race close until the very end,” said Sagan after the finish.

Rainbow Jersey Sagan will remain in the Russian team, she goes to Bora-Hansgrohe, as Tinkoff ceases to exist from the season 2017. Katusha, meanwhile, enjoys his first ever t-shirt of the world champion in the “elite” German Tony Martin regained the title and leaves with him in the “Katyusha” or “Katyusha.”, which from 2017 will be under the Swiss flag.

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