LONDON (Reuters) – Mads Pedersen not only became Denmark’s first road world champion in Harrogate on Sunday, he also offered further proof of the rise of an exciting new generation in men’s cycling.
On a rain-lashed day that beat down some of the world’s biggest names including several Grand Tour champions, the 23-year-old Pedersen did not put a wheel out of place to become the youngest man to win the title since Oscar Freire in 1999.
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A few days earlier in the time trial, Belgium’s 19-year-old tyro Remco Evenepoel finished second, a year after winning the TT and road junior titles. He became the youngest medallist at a world championships and was even regarded as an outside bet for Sunday’s climax in Yorkshire before having to stop to help veteran team mate Philippe Gilbert.
Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, the 24-year-old twice cyclo-cross world champion, went into the road race as favourite and with 14 of the brutal 261km remaining looked poised to deliver the gold medal, only to blow up on the final circuit around Harrogate and open the door for Pedersen.
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The two of them, together with former soccer prodigy Evenepoel and another young Belgian Wout van Aert, will surely be contesting the big prizes at the Classics for years to come.
Do not forget, too, that in July Colombia’s Egan Bernal, 22, became the youngest winner of the Tour de France for more than 100 years and 20-year-old Slovenian Tadej Pogacar won the Tour of California in his first season as a...
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