Peter Sagan v Mathieu van der Poel v. Julian Alaphilippe
Although there are eleven categories competed at the UCI Road World Championships 2019 in Yorkshire, England, the main focus and rating are certainly aimed at the elite category . Whether it’s for road races or time trials .
With the terrain so heavy in Harrogate, it is indeed very difficult to determine the winner. Because the up and down character of the closing circuit does not benefit all types of racers. Climber going to trouble shoot power constantly, sprinter could gasping frequent contact with the road incline, while puncheur can not stand on the uphill racing.
However, if you have to specify three champions, then the names can be mentioned. The three names that are said to have a great chance of winning in the elite men’s road race event , Sunday, September 29, are: Peter Sagan, Mathieu van der Poel, and Julian Alaphilippe.
All three are allrounder types . All three have sprint ability. But each has a slightly different tendency. Peter Sagan is very strong in sprints , Mathieu van der Poel is very comfortable in the field that keeps going up and down, while Julian Alaphilippe is the best climber of the three.
Peter Sagan has indeed been world champion three times. Namely in a row between 2015 and 2017. If the world champion again, then he will hold the most records.
The problem is, Sagan’s performance this year is not as bright as previous years. Opponents increasingly know how to gang up at the end of a tough race. Moreover, the Slovak team is not necessarily as strong as the Bora-Hansgrohe team in protecting Sagan.
Ahead of this race, Sagan included a lot of “hiding.” Not many participated in the race. Maybe, he really focused on maintaining the conditions to really top form when he got off at the Harrogate Circuit.
Another seed, Mathieu van der Poel, may be the idol of observers in this race. If he becomes a world champion, then that is a spectacular achievement, considering he has achieved world success in the cyclocross and MTB.
If Van der Poel wins the world championship, he will be named the world’s best racer, in all disciplines!
Although active in all disciplines, this year Van der Poel really shines at the road race . At the beginning of the year, he went crazy in the arena of classics , winning a spectacular victory at the Amstel Gold Race, in front of a Dutch public who loved him so much.
Ahead of the world championship, he again showed fangs. Winning in three stages, as well as overall champion , on the Tour of Britain which just ended last week.
Van der Poel, 24, is considered to have a “crazy stuck” talent. He does not need a strong team. While at the Amstel Gold Race, he drew his own echelon , chased a breakaway , then kept winning the sprint until the finish line.
It would be spectacular if he repeated it at this year’s world championship.
Meanwhile, the top three seeds will use their agility to beat all competitors. Julian Alaphilippe has become a superstar in France, due to his brilliant performances on the Tour de France, last July.
In the most prestigious competition, Alaphilippe showed the ability to climb the elite. But he still has great classics skills , because he is a climber who can win sprints .
Appearing as a dark horse in the road race : Geraint Thomas (England), Primoz Roglic (Slovenia), and defending champion Alejandro Valverde (Spain).
But, it could be another champion who appeared surprisingly at the 285 km race!
Turning to the time trial (TT) event , the list of superior is also not long. Rohan Dennis (Australia) is the defending champion, but his condition is full of question marks. Especially after he resigned from the Tour de France, with the reason he did not like the bikes and clothes provided by the Bahrain-Merida team.
Reportedly, Dennis will use a different bike whose brand is covered in Yorkshire, when the elite TT event Wednesday, September 25 later.
Dennis’s main competitor will be Primoz Roglic (Slovenia), who just won Vuelta a Espana 2019. Then there’s Victor Campenaerts (Belgium), who broke this hour record (the fastest hour) this year. Another threat from Belgium: A sensational young driver named Remco Evenepoel. Even though he was only 19 years old, he could have soared to defeat the seniors!
The problem for all: The length of the ITT route in Yorkshire is 54 km. That is the longest ITT route this year. In the competitions so far, there are only a few that are more than 30 km in length.
Thus, to this day, there is still no visible map of who is the strongest racer for a route as far as 54 km! (to be continued / to play bicycle)