6 August 2023

Day four round-up

All of the action from a super cycling Sunday. Day 4 at the UCI Cycling World Championships.

Titan's vie it out for glory - Elite Men's Road Race

A race for the ages with action all the way from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

Four of the world’s best fought it out on the streets of Glasgow as Mathieu van der Poel took home the rainbow jersey despite suffering from a late crash. After 38 years, the Netherlands have another men’s road world champion as van der Poel’s attack left the quality trio of Pedersen, Van Aert, and Pogačar to fight for the rest of the medals. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though as van der Poel slipped out on a corner, breaking his right shoe and tearing his jersey and shorts with a lap remaining and three chasers less than a minute behind.

The crash seemingly only spurred the Dutchman on though, as he extended his lead to over a minute and half by the time he reached the finish line. Second place Wout van Aert broke away on the final lap, followed by a close sprint finish won by Slovenian Tadej Pogačar ahead of previous world champion, Mads Pedersen.

Mathieu van der Poel winning the Elite Men's Road Race in Glasgow
Mathieu van der Poel
2023 UCI Cycling World Championships Elite Men's Road Race medallists
Mathieu van der Poel (Gold), Wout Van Aert (Silver) and Tadej Pogacar (Bronze)
Mathieu van der Poel sitting on the ground
Mathieu van der Poel

Super Sunday on the track - Track and Para-cycling Track

One of the most incredible races of the championships pitted teammates against each other as 5-time world champion Filippo Ganna took on Dan Bigham in the men’s individual pursuit. British Cycling's Bigham accumulated over two seconds on the Italian champion but a powerful final surge gave Ganna another rainbow jersey to add to his collection.

Belgian Lotte Kopecky added a rainbow jersey to her Tour de France green jersey win earlier this year, could she be in with a shout for the road title as well?

A dominant performance by Great Britain’s Fran Brown in the women’s C1 individual pursuit is made even more impressive with the bonus of a world record. Fran is back in action three more times this week so make sure you don’t miss a second with our live blog.

Debutant Archie Atkinson became men’s C4 scratch world champion at the age of 19, this is an athlete we’ll be looking out for in the future.

Filipo Ganna of Italy Men's Elite Individual Pursuit Final
Filipo Ganna

Never Any Doubt - Mountain Bike Cross-country Marathon

Leading from almost the first mile today, Brazil’s Henrique Avancini won today’s men’s mountain bike cross-country marathon ahead of a stacked field. In the women’s race, Mona Mitterwallner solidified her lead midway through today’s race to take the win for Austria.

Mona Mitterwallner
Medallists for the Cycling World Championships Mountain Bike Cross-country Marathon
Henrique da Silva (Gold), Martin Stosek (Silver) and Lukas Baum (Bronze)

Flying high in the park - BMX Freestyle Park

After a stop-start day, the riders for tomorrow's women’s BMX freestyle finals have been decided. Be sure to catch all the action from 5pm for the Men & Women Elite finals with British Cycling hopes set on Charlotte Worthington and Keiran Reilly.

Great Britain's Sasha Pardoe at the BMX Freestyle Park at Glasgow Green
Sasha Pardoe
Charlotte Worthington at the BMX Freestyle Park event at Glasgow Green
Charlotte Worthington

World challengers assemble - BMX Track

We’re underway at the Glasgow BMX Centre with riders from across the world taking to the jump track as part of the world challenge, including riders from age 8 up. Catch more of the action tomorrow starting at 10:15. 

Racing action in the BMX Track heats
BMX Track