Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan became the first rider to win three consecutive World Championship men’s road race titles after powering to the 2017 trophy on Sunday.
He sprinted to defeat Norwegian Alexander Kristoff at the last hurdle and edged his opponent with a photo finish at the climax of their 267.5-kilometre race.
Speaking to the media after Sunday’s result, Sagan said: “It’s unbelievable. I’m very happy to be here again. It’s something special. It was not easy. Guys were changing in the front all the time. I tried to go with the breakaway and it came down to a sprint. It was unbelievable. Kristoff was racing at home so I’m sorry, but of course I’m happy to win.”
British cyclist Ben Swift finished fifth while Australian Michael Matthews came in third.
Sagan’s victory was all the more surprising given he sat in 80th approaching the final climb, but his surge was timed to perfection as he added to road race crowns in 2015 and 2016.
Image courtesy of Velo News.