The World Championships
In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe reflect on the world championships in Ponferadda.
The week-long championships ended on Sunday with victory for the young Pole, Michal Kwiatkowski, in the men’s road race.
Kwiatkowsk launched his audacious bid for glory on the penultimate descent, and while the other big favourites watched each other, not wanting to fully commit to the chase, the 24-year-old rode like a man possessed to become Poland’s first ever world road race champion – a victory that means he will wear the rainbow jersey for the next year.
It was a thrilling finale, but did that compensate for a race that, for most of its six hours, was devoid of much action? Lionel argues no, while Richard salutes Kwiatkowski’s panache and Daniel suggests that if any shortcomings were highlighted they were those of the course rather than the riders.
They also discuss the women’s race, won by Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, the young Frenchwoman, which followed a similar pattern, coming down to a final sprint. It was the first world road race title since 2006 in which Marianne Vos, the peerless Dutchwoman, has finished outside the medals: does Ferrand-Prevot, her professional teammate, represent the future?
Speaking again of Kwiatkowski, a reminder that there was an interview with the young Pole on the Telegraph Cycling Podcast during the Tour de France, in our stage 13 episode.
Finally they look ahead to this weekend’s ‘Race of the Falling Leaves,’ the Tour of Lombardy, and Daniel has some news on Mark Cavendish and his plans for the winter and next season.