Men's Road Race Cycling


Men's Road Race

Jill Douglas introduces coverage of the men's road race at the Road World Championships in Qatar. Commentary is by Simon Brotherton and David Millar.


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From Slovakia, one of the sport toss great showman has landed the title!

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Its gold from Great Britain. Lizzie Armitstead sprints her way to

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victory. It's five years since we last had a

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World Championship course that favoured the sprinters, when Mark

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Cavendish stormed to victory in Copenhagen. He is back and in great

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form. Can he repeat that success here in Doha? This is the biggest

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fixture you can get. Cavendish now, we're going to see

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whether he can get through. It's all about timing your effort. Here we

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go, full commitment. Can Cavendish find a way through? The line is

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getting nearer and nearer. Where is the Manx express. Here he goes. Look

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at him go. Mark Cavendish has won the world title for Great Britain.

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The riders will face a very different landscape in Doha, Qatar,

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to Copenhagen, but it is flat, a sprinter's course. Before we look at

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the course in more detail, let's hear from the man leading the

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British charge, Mark Cavendish. He comes, the Manx express. He is the

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world champion. Mark Cavendish wins the world title for Great Britain.

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Copenhagen was surreal. It was incredible. Not just the fact that

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I'd won the world title but how we did it. To be go -- to be able to go

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in and dominate, having not won the title since the 60s, and to be able

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to pull a group of guys together to represent a country's comeback with

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the world title, to think back on gives me goose bumps. Mark Cavendish

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is the world champion. What are your thoughts? We have got a chance,

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that's about it. We have got the strongest team in the race. That

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gave me more confidence than anything. I was going in on my own

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with just the few guys with a chance we could win, I wouldn't be as

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confident as I am now. With the guys I'm with, it puts me in the best

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position. With a sprint, I've always got a good shot. You don't know how

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it's going to pan out. I think it's going to be a sprint at everything

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will come back together. It's just how well you look after yourself

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when it splits up. That will determine how you are going to

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sprint at the end of it. You know what it takes to win the

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championship. You tried to repeat that at the 2012 Olympics on the

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road, so you also know how difficult it is to win a long one-day race. I

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won the Olympics with 14 weight so you are relying on other teams to

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kind of join in. -- with four team-mates. I think we can control

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it from beginning to end. Do your set yourself big goals? You wore the

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yellow jersey in the Tour de France, silver medal in the Olympics, your

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first Olympic medal, and potentially another rainbow jersey. Last year I

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won a rainbow jersey on the track. I haven't won as many races as I do

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normally in the season but the calibre of the races, the world

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champion on the track... That medal at the Olympics... It's pretty nice

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to do, you know? It was a big ask but I'm not one for taking on small

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tasks. I'd kind of like another rainbow jersey. I don't think

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anybody has ever won the track and road championships in the same year

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so that would be special. Saying that, it's not a given. There are

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incredible strong riders and strong teams and we'll have to get

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everything right. You've got to do that to be in with a shot of aim

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medal. -- a shot of a medal. Mark Cavendish saying he has one of the

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strongest teams but everything will have to go right for him to win that

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rainbow jersey. Yes, but the reason he has a strong team, it lessens the

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variables. There are a lot of variables on the road. Anything can

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happen. 190 riders, you don't know what the conditions, they didn't

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know what was going to be like today, they had to wait to see how

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strong the wind was. But Cavendish is a master of it. He built the

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right team and he knows how to manage them. Mark Cavendish leads

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everything. He wore the yellow jersey this year and he won the

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Madison World Championship on the track in London at the start of the

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year. A multiple stage winner at the Tour de France. How would you sum

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him up? I think he has everything a leader requires to pull the team

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together. I think he has ticked a lot of boxes going into this

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championship. He achieved everything that he wanted. He won a medal at

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the Olympics. He has ticked if you boxes before even arriving here. He

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has a strong team and he really wants it. You were team captain on

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the road at the Olympics and in Copenhagen. How is he to ride with?

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I've never met a rider like him. He is like the Pied Piper, so

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charismatic. He makes everybody better. He has hollowed -- positive

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energy. He makes people laugh. If you let him down, you know it will

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have consequences, but similarly, if you succeed, he will share that with

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you. He's a great leader. You have put him up there with some of the

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greatest sprinters of all time? Definitely. There has been a

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question over whether this course would present itself as a pure

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sprinter's course or a hard man's finish. Mark Cavendish has a strong

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team, he has faith in them, so he'll let them do the job and hopefully it

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comes down to that. It was a bunch sprint for the women's race

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yesterday. A strong Great Britain team. Let's hear from some of the

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key players. Copenhagen was really special. It was something, as a

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British rider, you didn't even dream of. It was special and it would be

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great to emulate that. I was watching clips the other day. It's

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amazing to have been there. One of my best days. A really special day

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for everyone involved. Watching that on TV, remember being inspired. Nine

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British lads. You never thought you'd have a team that strong to

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dominate World Championships. Thinking about it now, it's spine

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tingling. Conditions and things are different this time. The wind and

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the heat will be key factors. Hopefully we can deal with that.

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It's pretty unpredictable. We are not sure how the wind will be and

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how strong it will be and that will be the decider. There are no hills,

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that's the main thing! Its pan flat. The wind is decisive. You've got to

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be a powerful rider. It's about getting stuck in embracing. If the

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wind blows, it's savage. It might be every man for himself. Then we

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assess the situation from there. We know each other really well. When we

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come together as Team GB, would get on like a house on fire. We have a

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good laugh and get on well. As a team, we are strong with a lot of

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guys who are good in these conditions. I like riding my bike.

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When you know you have done a good job, stick it in and really hurt

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people. When you find that it's a flat course and you got Mark

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Cavendish in your team, you can only be motivated. I always wanted to

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come here and do my best. It brings a lot of pressure to have Mark

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riding with you but it's nice to pay them back. We are up for supporting

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him. Hopefully we can do it again. Is a superb leader. He brings the

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whole team up. Having him around brings the team together. Hopefully

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we can get the gold. I'm 26, in Scott Thwaites from Leeds in

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Yorkshire. Dan McLay, 24. This is my first elite World Championships.

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Swift, 28, I'm from Team Sky and from Yorkshire. Adam Blythe, 27,

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from Sheffield. I'm the current national champion. Interesting to

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hear from those riders who extended their season purely because it is

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Mark Cavendish. It is. Three years ago when we found out that Qatar, he

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sent me a message saying, hold onto your retirement, we are doing Qatar.

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That is what he is like. He probably message the whole team then and

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said, guys, we're doing this. He has the long game. They all have roles

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to play but, on a day like today, there is no more important man in

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the team then Ian Stannard. He's got a big job. He has the backing and

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confidence of Mark Cavendish. That means a lock. To have that pressure

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for a man like Ian Stannard, he drives on it -- thrives on it. He

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wanted to be a hard race, he wants to be a part of that victory of Mark

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Cavendish, to be the man that makes a difference. He will be at the

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front driving it, especially in the desert. Luke Rowe, Dan McLay, but

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single-handedly, Toby Martin for the Germans, you can contrive a race on

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his own. Many of these riders ride for Team Sky, a team under close

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scrutiny after it emerged Bradley Wiggins had received three

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therapeutic use exemption is for the use of a banned steroid for

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treatment of asthma in the past and the fact that British cycling is the

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subject of a UK anti-doping investigation. Here is what Rhode

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Island with, the team captain, had to say. How much of a distraction

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has this been? I think anything like that is there in the media, it's

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where things are focused. I am quite fortunate, seven months a year on

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the road these last ten days, I've hardly seen anything. I've just been

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head down, focusing on this event. We stand a good chance of winning.

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That's my focus and what I've been trying for the lads to do. But

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you've been embedded in the British team and Team Sky for a number of

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years. If there was something untoward, is there something that

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made you uncomfortable, you would know about it, wouldn't you? At the

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moment there are a lot of stories going around and lots of people's

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opinion, and journalists are throwing wild accusations out there

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about us and British cycling and Team Sky. Very few facts have been

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established. Until all of the facts are down on the table, I think it's

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out of order, people can talk about it when they don't have all the true

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facts. Hopefully this investigation will... That's what it's about. I'm

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in for this to try and do the right thing. I always was from day one,

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since I finished cycling. It's always been about encouraging young

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guys to work hard and be the best they can be. I think we've done a

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good job so far. It's a real shame that there are wild stories out

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there make it look really bad. Rod Ellingworth, with a long career at

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Team Sky and British cycling, but it is a very difficult time both for

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the governing body and the team. It is. Cycling as a whole, the

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slightest discrepancy or confusion, because it's also very complicated

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demands a lot of scrutiny, the way the sport has been for 15 years. He

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is talking about wild accusations, but some of the facts are there for

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all to see. What was your impression when you realised that these TUEs

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had been given to Bradley Wiggins ahead of free big races? No

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suggestion he broken rules. GB having clear that they will push the

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limits and not break rules. Some athletes really suffer from TUEs and

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allergies cost of -- from asthma and allergies. It can ruin your day. My

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opinion is that Bradley Wiggins did push the limits and he wanted to be

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sure that the big events he wouldn't be affected by the allergies or

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asthma. Yeah, you know, everybody is trying to take in all of the facts.

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David, you know these riders well, you have ridden alongside them many

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times, you've been embedded in British cycling and you served a ban

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after admitting doping offences in the past. Do you think there is a

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problem in Team Sky? I don't think so. I trust all of those riders and

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the staff. Perhaps this is a bigger problem. A TUE is a big problem and

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there are some products on the list you shouldn't be allowed to use

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because they have performance enhancing properties. But Team GB is

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such a leader in the anti-doping movement and these young guys coming

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through don't deserve to have this scrutiny on them. I trust them.

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Let's concentrate on today's race. The reigning world champion, Peter

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Sagan from Slovakia, is one of the most popular guys you will find in

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the professional pellet on. Peter Sagan, one of life 's great showman.

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Come the World Championships in Richmond, it was likely have point

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to prove. The world title is almost within his grasp. He consulted, one

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hand on the rainbow jersey. This will be a very popular victory.

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Peter Sagan from Slovakia is world champion. It was evident he was a

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popular winner but what is about him that makes so loved? He rides with

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real character, great fun to watch. He takes risks. He is the most

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popular cyclist in the world, let off the bike. Is engaging,

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mischievous, and people get value from him on the bike. Peter Sagan,

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climbing over the biggest mountain is, he descends well, he can sprint,

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he is the Swiss Army knife of modern bike riders. All sports in need of

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characters, so how good for cycling is Peter Sagan? I just go to in

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part. All of the great sports stories are built on characters,

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drama and emotion. You don't get a bigger in cycling then Peter Sagan.

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I am happy you support me. Thank you very much. This victory is because

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also view. No matter how long he's been struggling to get up the

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mountain in the Tour de France he will still pull a wheelie as he the

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line. Characters like Peter Sagan are more than just crossing the line

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first, they are entertainers, fun to watch and they are surprising. The

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sport would be poorer without him. Cross your fingers for me. Peter

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Sagan suits the rainbow jersey. He has had an outstanding season and,

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luckily for us, he's not going anywhere soon. Surely one of the

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quotes of the day from Chris Morgan, Peter Sagan, the Swiss Army knife of

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cycling. Yes, he has a full Arsenal on weaponry. He can win sprints,

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breakaways, you can climb well, he does everything. He is the best

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rider we have seen in decades. West he loves to animate a race. He is

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exciting to watch. He puts it all on the line. Very exciting. So many

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other top names here. The championships have attracted the

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best. Who are the other main contenders? Michael Matthews, Andre

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Greipel, Elia Viviani, Tom Bowland. It is a great World Championships.

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When you look at the German team, we already saw Tony Martin looking in

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fine form and winning the time trial World Championship. The Germans that

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they few sprinters but they might be lacking support. But he is a few men

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out there. When the German team come to the finish, if they have some

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sprinters there they will be difficult to beat. Whoever deals

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with this course best, it starts in the desert. We send these guys out

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to see what the course likes. I was on the windy side protecting

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you. I was in the gutter. They are going to ride 150 kilometres in the

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desert. There is a road running parallel, they will go up that, then

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do a U-turn. You can feel the wind coming from the side. If they have

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this type of wind, they will have it all the way out, crosswinds, all the

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way back. It is so technical to be able to ride in the gutter. You have

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to be technically good. It doesn't matter how good a sprinter you are,

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you need an incredible team around you. In crosswinds, you rely on your

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team to protect you. It will be 150 kilometres potentially of hell.

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Fingers crossed for them it isn't too windy but, for us, fingers

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crossed it is that it will make for a great race. Let's get out of the

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desert. I prefer to be in the buildings without all this wind.

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Traditionally all World Championships take part in a

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circuit. This year is no different and this is the pearl. That will be

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the entrance to the circuit. A gorgeous man-made island, quite

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flat. They will raise seven laps of 15.2 kilometres around the circuit.

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Plenty of technical hairpins and corners. That wasn't what we

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expected. On the map, this looks like a hairpin and it's actually a

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fast, sweeping bend. The boys have been thinking for months. It's not

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as technical as it looked. Nowhere near. For the sprinters, they will

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barely touch the pedals. Very much a sprinter's course. That is why I was

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never a sprinter. I think Rochelle could beat me every time. But this

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is a sprinter's course. They won't see the finish line until 200 metres

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to go but, at the same time, they have several laps to check it out.

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At the finish, if have more men left, it could make a big

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difference. The road is so wide. Very rarely do sprinters get an

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opportunity like this, three lanes coming into the final kilometre.

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There is no reason why it shouldn't be a clean sprint. You think care

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might be a favourite? -- Mark Cavendish? It has his name all over

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it. The riders face a long, hot day in the saddle, starting at the

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Aspire zone in Doha before heading north past the education city, by

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the Qatar foundation, north, away from the city. All the way up to the

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sports complex and an into the desert. Where the race heads north,

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all the way to Abu Yazoul, where they turn around and come back.

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Heading south back towards the city of Doha. They will travel past the

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sports complex for a second time, where the World Cup final will take

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place, and eventually onto the Pearl for seven 15.2 kilometres long laps

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of the circuit. It's the same circuit used in all of the races

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this week and eventually, when they reach the finish line, at the end of

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257.3 kilometres, we will know who is going to -- to wear a coveted

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rainbow jersey for the next 12 months. So that's the route for

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today's race. I'm Simon Brotherton. Rochelle Gilmore and David Miller

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are alongside me. Peter Sagan is here to defend his title, just one

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of any number of riders who will fancy their chances. Great Britain

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are well represented. A rare opportunity, David, once more for

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Mark Cavendish, whose name will appear on the screen now, to become

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world champion for what would be the second time in his career. Sprinters

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rarely have a -- and opportunity in the World Championships. It is rare.

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In the last 15 years, only three opportunities. The first sprinter to

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have two valid opportunities where they are at the peak for those

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chances. Mark Cavendish is a rider capable of doing it. It's a big day

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for him in the British team. Rochelle Gilmore one of the big

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things, just looking at the commentary box, it is quite windy.

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You have raced in Qatar with some success, but a flat course makes the

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difference. Absolutely. That will make today challenging. The first

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150 kilometres out into the desert, they know it can be challenging. You

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have to stay so mentally focused. The fact that it's windy out there,

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I think the winner is going to come from one of the strongest teams, and

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a sprinter like Mark Cavendish will have to rely on his team-mates to

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protect him. The riders in the Zone of Doha roll

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away from the start for the neutralised section of the race,

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about ten kilometres long. And here we go, the road race is now

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officially underway. Immediately you can see the acceleration of the

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peleton once the flag has dropped in the league car as moved away. -- and

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the lead car. 257.3 kilometres to cover. Ian Stannard already on the

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front of the main field. There are a few committed riders here, really

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wanting to get this away. Ukrainian, we saw him in good form in Spain

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recently. A strong rider, perfect for these scenarios.

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Adam Blythe, a slight mechanical problem. His computer melt is loose.

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-- mount. So, six minutes, the gap already for

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the leading riders, the leading group of seven. Ramirez of Columbia,

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MacDougall of South Africa, the Mexican, Ukrainian. And Eritrea.

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Followed by a Moroccan and Ryan Ross of Canada. These riders going almost

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from when the flag dropped. A small flurry of attacks for five, ten

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minutes. It didn't take long for it to go. None of the favourites' teams

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are here, apart from the Colombian team-mate. All of the other

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favourite teams were happy to see a move like this go in order that they

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can save their weaponry for later in the race when it's really required.

:25:54.:26:05.

Over eight minutes now for the leading group seven. As you can see,

:26:06.:26:11.

they are heading out into the wide open spaces of the Kalahari desert.

:26:12.:26:21.

They will be shortly. -- the Qatari desert. They will have to

:26:22.:26:27.

communicate with each other and keep each other awake and motivated to

:26:28.:26:31.

keep pushing on, now they have committed to being in this

:26:32.:26:35.

breakaway. You can see a bit of communication between the riders,

:26:36.:26:38.

they will want to motivate each other. Everybody doing their equal

:26:39.:26:39.

share of turns out in the desert. Dan McLay has a slight mechanical

:26:40.:26:53.

problem. Not allowed to pull over on the left-hand side of the road. He

:26:54.:26:55.

just remembered that at the last minute.

:26:56.:27:02.

You will see Great Britain gathering towards the front. Stannard, Luke

:27:03.:27:11.

Rowe, Mark Cavendish, Adam Blythe. A rider for Team Sky. He is with

:27:12.:27:32.

Dimension Data now. Steve Cummings on the front at the moment. With the

:27:33.:27:40.

white helmet. We had our first crash of the day.

:27:41.:27:52.

Chad Hagar of the United States caught up in that, unfortunately. I

:27:53.:28:01.

think that was Bernie Eissel riding a wave, one of the Canadian riders.

:28:02.:28:15.

-- riding away. I think it's Adam De Voss back on his bike. Fortunately

:28:16.:28:21.

it looks as if there is no major damage as a result of that little

:28:22.:28:27.

spill. Sandstorms out there. Looking out of our window on the Pearl,

:28:28.:28:32.

there is quite a lot of wind. It's going to be very interesting. The

:28:33.:28:38.

peloton looks so controlled that it looks like it's still out there, but

:28:39.:28:41.

certainly not. There are some more sandstorms. Going to whack into the

:28:42.:28:49.

peloton by the looks of it. It's a tornado. That's extraordinary. Well,

:28:50.:29:01.

it's windy. The peloton just dodged one. Buried those come on the right

:29:02.:29:08.

side the road. Straight in front -- there it goes, on the right side of

:29:09.:29:09.

the road. Straight in front of them. 720 now the gap. Sitcoming down all

:29:10.:29:24.

the time. You can see the strain on some of

:29:25.:29:30.

the riders' faces. Those Belgian riders loitering near the back of

:29:31.:29:34.

the pelly on the a short while ago are showing their faces at the

:29:35.:29:37.

front. They know that now is the time they need to do it.

:29:38.:29:49.

Look at the battle for the front and for the prime spots on the road.

:29:50.:29:53.

Nobody wants to miss out here. Once the echelons start to form, you want

:29:54.:29:58.

to be in the right form. They make the right-hand turn. Up at the top

:29:59.:30:05.

end of the course now. The British team well placed at the front of the

:30:06.:30:11.

peloton. We saw the Mexican ride frer the break away group having a

:30:12.:30:19.

little bit of difficulty. That rocky landscape must feel like

:30:20.:30:27.

running across the moon as Luke Rowe and Mark Cavendish up at the front

:30:28.:30:33.

here and look at the speed. That's Adam Blyth Blyth at the front

:30:34.:30:37.

there, in second place at the moment.

:30:38.:30:45.

GB with a really strong line up here. Backing Mark Cavendish with

:30:46.:30:53.

Blyth, Cummings, Thomas and Thwaites, as well in there for Team

:30:54.:30:59.

GB. Great Britain and Belgium are

:31:00.:31:01.

asserting some authority at the front of the pelly on the at the

:31:02.:31:05.

moment. -- peloton at the moment. And you

:31:06.:31:11.

can see the potential for splits to start to appear. One of the German

:31:12.:31:15.

riders is having to work hard to close the gap now already.

:31:16.:31:22.

And Great Britain are making life really difficult for everybody else.

:31:23.:31:30.

Look how quickly the gap is whittling down. Look at the

:31:31.:31:35.

difference in the speed between the two groups of riders.

:31:36.:31:44.

Oh, it is really kicking off here, with 176 K to go. The Belgians are

:31:45.:31:47.

making sure they are well placed. Australia have got a rider or two up

:31:48.:31:58.

there. The Italians as well. And this peloton is going to split to

:31:59.:32:02.

pieces here on this stretch of road now and the next one as well.

:32:03.:32:08.

As the peloton turn right and they are beginning to journey south, back

:32:09.:32:19.

down towards Doha. From Mark Cavendish's point of view

:32:20.:32:25.

I think so far, so good. Right up at the front end.

:32:26.:32:36.

Cavendish tucked in there on the second row of riders.

:32:37.:32:40.

Just out the back of the peloton there, one of the Dutch, not sure

:32:41.:32:46.

who that was actually. Dumoulin requiring medical

:32:47.:33:03.

assistance for a flat. He is out the back.

:33:04.:33:06.

Great Britain are working really hard there to make sure they were in

:33:07.:33:10.

the right place at the right time when the race really kicked off and

:33:11.:33:17.

it did and Luke Rowe, as I said a few moments ago, made sure he was at

:33:18.:33:21.

the front of the peloton and they have certainly put the pressure on

:33:22.:33:22.

here. That was the advantage of them being

:33:23.:33:38.

in the front position. It was a little bit of a gamble, sort of a

:33:39.:33:48.

wasting energy so early in the race. There's Doumouulin. You are forced

:33:49.:33:53.

into the gut e the race is in pieces, which is exactly what we

:33:54.:33:54.

wanted. Cavendish is right up there. Everybody has to contribute. I mean

:33:55.:34:13.

looking at Viviani there as well. You have got... Look at it. Really

:34:14.:34:17.

strung out it is only going to get worse for a lot of those riders.

:34:18.:34:30.

Matthews couldn't handle it. He can handle Ewan, he's out of his depth

:34:31.:34:33.

in these conditions, which is what we expected would be the case. They

:34:34.:34:38.

had to risk it because it is an early race. This is what we expected

:34:39.:34:44.

to see in Qatar and we're lucky that the wind is like that today to force

:34:45.:34:52.

it to happen. But I am very surprised that Stanard either kouth

:34:53.:34:57.

out or something happened to him. He will be massively disappointed. Adam

:34:58.:35:03.

Blythe. I am not sure if there are any more riders in there.

:35:04.:35:09.

Mark Cavendish looks relaxed, given he's not had as many team-mates

:35:10.:35:13.

around him as in the early stages of the race. That can be a little bit

:35:14.:35:19.

of a problem. That is Demoulin at the back. A wrong time to get a

:35:20.:35:22.

puncture for him. Ireland represented in the front group as

:35:23.:35:26.

well. Somebody's gone down in a crash. This is what happens. People

:35:27.:35:32.

start to see cross eyed they are going so hard. That is not Sagan, is

:35:33.:35:36.

it? That is a nasty-looking crash. Look at that. It is an American

:35:37.:35:39.

rider. Looks like a collarbone for Marctt.

:35:40.:36:01.

Three riders at least brought down in that one. Belgians, they are

:36:02.:36:05.

there. They are present. They knew exactly a moment ago. Five Belgians.

:36:06.:36:11.

They were super relaxed at the start of the race, weren't they, when GB

:36:12.:36:14.

were taking control and the Australians were up there as well.

:36:15.:36:20.

Now Belgium come to the front, full force. They are really taking

:36:21.:36:23.

control now in the tougher part of the race.

:36:24.:36:28.

The slight issue at the moment is the race radio seems to have

:36:29.:36:34.

disappeared too. Any further involvement in -- information on

:36:35.:36:41.

those involved in crashes we are not receiving any background information

:36:42.:36:47.

at the moment. That looks like Durbridge up at the front.

:36:48.:37:00.

This is one of the things about riding in this, it took me a long

:37:01.:37:08.

time in my career as a sprinter that understanding that rolling through

:37:09.:37:11.

and doing your turn on the front is easier than just trying to hold that

:37:12.:37:14.

position on the edge of the road. So you see the sprinteders, like Mark

:37:15.:37:17.

Cavendish, have rolled over for a turf.

:37:18.:37:31.

One of the riders from Switzerland with the green jersey to his body.

:37:32.:37:38.

Australia still present there. Cannot see much from Germany. No,

:37:39.:37:45.

Germany seems to have been caught out as well. Even if they had a dark

:37:46.:37:49.

red alert, it is Sagan sitting there, pretty. He's fine. GB, I

:37:50.:37:54.

think there are only three riders from GB in there, are there? The

:37:55.:38:02.

Belgians sat at the back. They when they didn't knee need to be at the

:38:03.:38:06.

front. The moment they knew they were needed they attacked it.

:38:07.:38:12.

One of the Dutch riders. It is a wilted struggle at the back for

:38:13.:38:18.

these riders who moments ago were sitting in the peloton comfortably,

:38:19.:38:23.

now they are under pressure. 170kms still to go there.

:38:24.:38:27.

A lot of big riders. In the distance, you can see, there is

:38:28.:38:33.

nothing you can do. This is Darwinism in that the front are in

:38:34.:38:38.

the front. If you cannot get to the second or first group, they are

:38:39.:38:43.

stronger than you. When the race pans out like this, once that group

:38:44.:38:46.

has gone, that is it. You will not see them again, usually. Definitely.

:38:47.:38:52.

A lot of the times, and they will turn into the tail winds soon. Look

:38:53.:38:57.

at the strain on the face there. He knows is the moment he'll have to

:38:58.:39:01.

dig deep. He has to fight for these wheels. And keep rolling over.

:39:02.:39:07.

That is Thomas in trouble as wesmt this is what I feared. That tactic

:39:08.:39:12.

of riding the front in the first section has backfired. They almost

:39:13.:39:16.

needed to mark the Belgians. The Belgians have done what they were,

:39:17.:39:20.

what you expect them to do, which is attack at the key moment. It is not

:39:21.:39:24.

verien If you blow up. If you get yourself,

:39:25.:39:40.

because you can be one of the strongest riders and if you find

:39:41.:39:43.

yourself in the gutter, you are in the wind. You go so deep into the

:39:44.:39:48.

red, so over your threshold that you explode. To recover from that takes

:39:49.:39:52.

a good two or three minutes depending on your fitness. In the

:39:53.:39:55.

mean time you are caught by another group. You cannot launch on to them.

:39:56.:39:59.

By the time you have recovered from that effort from, that explosion you

:40:00.:40:02.

are back three groups. That is what is happening to riders all over the

:40:03.:40:08.

place here. A well-oiled machine the Belgian

:40:09.:40:15.

team looks at this moment in time. In the mean time this is the karnage

:40:16.:40:20.

behind. The rider with his arm in the air, from Italy.

:40:21.:40:32.

The Belgians are very much in control of this at the front.

:40:33.:40:43.

Another motorbike coming up or it is Luke Rowe. The fact is on the radio,

:40:44.:40:48.

it would imply he's had a mechanical. You get yourself caught

:40:49.:40:52.

out and in the wind, you explode and there is nothing you can do about

:40:53.:40:57.

it. These are enormous gaps in such a short space of time. Because it is

:40:58.:41:01.

tail wind all the way to The Pearl, no-one is coming back on. If you are

:41:02.:41:06.

dropped now, it is over. These two groups ahead and up ahead there are

:41:07.:41:10.

more groups. This is pure... There's Tony Martin. That is the first of

:41:11.:41:14.

the Germans on the road, from what we know. It is chaos for us to see

:41:15.:41:19.

what is going on as wesmt this is group one. It is split in two. It

:41:20.:41:27.

has more than likely been dropped from it. They are. They are being

:41:28.:41:31.

distanced. They are being blown off the first group. If it is the first

:41:32.:41:34.

group. No, it isn't. There is another group in front. Look at

:41:35.:41:38.

this. This is probably the fourth group on the road. Ignore that

:41:39.:41:41.

graphic. This is one, two, three, this is the third group on the road

:41:42.:41:49.

right here. Xa an extraordinary turn of events. There's another German

:41:50.:41:53.

rider. There is at least one Belgian rider there in this group. They

:41:54.:41:58.

certainly do have a lot in the front. Got that timing right. Took

:41:59.:42:02.

some nations by surprise. When we look at the front group, be able to

:42:03.:42:07.

see how the Team GB are doing with Mark Cavendish, if he's still in

:42:08.:42:12.

that front group. A hard task for him. So far to go left in the race

:42:13.:42:17.

and having lost so many team-mates in this moment of panic.

:42:18.:42:24.

He's the rider in that small group that everybody will want to drop.

:42:25.:42:29.

He's got a hard task ahead of him. Look at the gap to get up to the

:42:30.:42:41.

next group. Wow! Just to think a few moments ago we were watching a dull

:42:42.:42:46.

race. It is the thing about racing in the desert and with these

:42:47.:42:50.

cross-winds, there is such a very small period of time that you can't

:42:51.:42:54.

afford to lose the wheel and it is all over. It is not like you can

:42:55.:42:57.

take a chance that you just releaks and maybe it will come back together

:42:58.:43:01.

in the desert here in the cross winds, you cannot lose the will. You

:43:02.:43:06.

lose a few centimetres and it is all over. The Belgian team are ripping

:43:07.:43:10.

this up at the front. Belgium in control here. Having a

:43:11.:43:26.

look, Germany with a rider newspaper this riding group.

:43:27.:43:45.

That is the major built up area. They will continue down towards Doha

:43:46.:44:36.

and the party. -- and The Pearl. We saw the Mexican

:44:37.:44:40.

rider drop out of the lead group a little bit earlier on. As soon as

:44:41.:44:44.

they turned right into the wind at the top of the course and he's being

:44:45.:44:50.

swept up by the lead chase group now.

:44:51.:45:02.

I am sure that is Thwaites towards the back.

:45:03.:45:23.

It is the slow veenian rider. -- Slovenia rider. This is the

:45:24.:45:39.

second group... A little swerve. Oh!

:45:40.:45:54.

Got a bash there, but managed to stay upright. It is Durbridge. He

:45:55.:45:59.

stopped. He had a mechanical. I don't know if it was from further

:46:00.:46:04.

forward and they rode into the back of him. That is the thing when you

:46:05.:46:09.

are concentrating on the white line. He took pressure off the pedals and

:46:10.:46:17.

he went straight into him. It was the second group on the road. It

:46:18.:46:22.

looked as if he stopped at the side of the road. There was a collision.

:46:23.:46:29.

He was the guy hit from behind. It wasn't so his fault.

:46:30.:46:33.

Everybody has got their head down and it is so beyond their limit,

:46:34.:46:38.

they have only got their little part they are concentrating on and they

:46:39.:46:43.

cannot see... The British team has been destroyed by the Belgians. They

:46:44.:46:47.

have destroyed them. It is not looking great for either of those

:46:48.:46:48.

two. That was nasty.

:46:49.:47:03.

This is the front of the race. Now we have the little confirmation.

:47:04.:47:06.

There's another crash. Just behind there. Caught a glimpse of a crash

:47:07.:47:12.

further back in this group. I don't think the director has seen it yet.

:47:13.:47:20.

Michael Matthews, yes? He was the right choice for the Australians.

:47:21.:47:24.

Kristoff... The Norwegians have four. All these teams have done a

:47:25.:47:27.

good job. They have known the danger. They have seen where they

:47:28.:47:31.

had to be present and they got up there.

:47:32.:47:41.

Griepel is there as well Most of the people you expect to be there are

:47:42.:47:49.

there. . No, wait, this is group two.

:47:50.:47:58.

As you can see, this is what happens as well. Race over. He's got blood

:47:59.:48:15.

coming out. He collided, but he was able to stay on his bike. He didn't

:48:16.:48:20.

crash. Clearly there was a collision though. He seems to have caught

:48:21.:48:27.

something, punctured himself. The Belgians will keep contributing,

:48:28.:48:30.

even though there are six riders up there. What you see as well, they

:48:31.:48:36.

tend to find their organic size. It is dictated by the width of the

:48:37.:48:42.

road. Each group seems to be made up of about 20 riders. There are about

:48:43.:48:49.

190 peloton is stripped into groups of 15/20 road riders. The strongest

:48:50.:48:54.

at the front and the second strongest on the road... That was a

:48:55.:48:59.

German in the front group who has been picked up, given a spare bike.

:49:00.:49:04.

That might have been that crash we saw before. This is group two,

:49:05.:49:06.

anyway. He didn't touch down. He might have

:49:07.:49:27.

caught it and then he's hit his own stem. Looks like he twisted his body

:49:28.:49:34.

so far around, he hit himself on his bike. It is on the inside... He

:49:35.:49:44.

punctured through his skin. So Adam Blythe, Mark Cavendish, that

:49:45.:49:56.

is all that's left up there now. The GB team only has two riders in this

:49:57.:50:02.

group as far as we know. The Belgians have got...

:50:03.:50:27.

So, yes, they have a pretty good team tlup still.

:50:28.:50:36.

-- team up there still. This is Brian Ramirez from the

:50:37.:51:20.

breakaway. He's obviously crashed. This is not good, and Columbia...

:51:21.:51:27.

Shredded his shorts to pieces. Desert Storm. This is it. Oh, wow.

:51:28.:51:35.

That was a strange crash. Ouch. An awkward fall. I don't think I've

:51:36.:51:43.

ever seen... His front wheel got lifted off the ground. It almost

:51:44.:51:53.

looked like he got blown off. He won't be sitting comfortably for a

:51:54.:51:54.

week or two after that. Well, it's a constantly changing

:51:55.:52:10.

scenario peer -- scenario here, as you can tell. The computer system

:52:11.:52:14.

has given up it's giving us no at all! Which is a tad disappointing.

:52:15.:52:22.

-- no information at all. It's just a blank screen, which is pretty much

:52:23.:52:25.

what the riders at the front are looking at as they look at that

:52:26.:52:28.

Desert Storm. This is the group we need to look at at the moment. As

:52:29.:52:35.

you said, a few kilometres ago, we had no idea what this race was going

:52:36.:52:39.

to turn out like, what it's going to be one of the most boring World

:52:40.:52:43.

Championships ever, and now it's turned into... It was! And now we've

:52:44.:52:47.

got a scenario we've never seen before. The field destroyed so far

:52:48.:52:56.

from the finish. 158 kilometres to go and only 25, 30 riders in the

:52:57.:53:02.

race. Only two British riders in that group. Six Belgians, four

:53:03.:53:05.

Norwegians, three Australians, I think. That is Matt Heymann. Two

:53:06.:53:13.

Australians, just Matt Heymann is Michael Matthews. So is Michael

:53:14.:53:19.

Matthews is going to have one rider, Matt Damon is a good one to have.

:53:20.:53:25.

Adam Blythe is a good driver -- rider for Mark Cavendish to have. He

:53:26.:53:31.

understands the Belgian tactics. He would have known what was going on.

:53:32.:53:36.

His first two years pro was spent racing with the Belgians on their

:53:37.:53:39.

home to rain so he understands how they race. He has probably

:53:40.:53:45.

anticipated what happened. -- on their home to rain. If anybody ought

:53:46.:53:48.

to be able to ride in conditions like this, it is the Belgians. They

:53:49.:53:52.

are giving a masterclass so far today. Had to be expected. We could

:53:53.:54:00.

see the wind picking up and sandstorms, there was talk of that,

:54:01.:54:04.

and the Belgians played it so cool at the start. We saw Tom relaxing

:54:05.:54:12.

Amrabat. -- relaxing down the back. They have done a brilliant job to

:54:13.:54:16.

get so many riders in the front group. A long way from the finish.

:54:17.:54:21.

They'll have to take responsibility, getting riders in their luck Matt

:54:22.:54:28.

Heymann. It's going to be a tactical game into the finish.

:54:29.:54:39.

Their time at the front of the race will be up in the not too distant

:54:40.:54:45.

future. Two and a half minutes and closing rapidly. They are in a rare

:54:46.:54:51.

position now. When their group comes up to them, they'll be able to hang

:54:52.:54:56.

on. The real damage has been done. There will have been 25 kilometres

:54:57.:55:01.

of absolute max out destruction and now it settles into this very high

:55:02.:55:05.

paced, high rhythm, if you like, and you don't have those explosive

:55:06.:55:12.

moments again because it's not physically possible. The team that

:55:13.:55:16.

there are quite happy. Andre Greipel coming through, he isn't where he

:55:17.:55:20.

wanted to be. There are some remnants of the British team. There

:55:21.:55:25.

is Scott Swift. Haven't seen anything of Marcel Kippel. That

:55:26.:55:35.

doesn't really surprise me. We wouldn't really have anticipated...

:55:36.:55:41.

So we are getting a make up of the first group.

:55:42.:56:00.

Out on the course, I was having a chat with the Australian team

:56:01.:56:09.

director, Brad McGee, who said that if any of them make it to the finish

:56:10.:56:13.

of this race, they will be completely legless. It will be a

:56:14.:56:15.

sprint they'll have to do pretty much on their knees. This is the

:56:16.:56:23.

second group at the moment but, in the front group, Mark Cavendish is

:56:24.:56:27.

well protected but still having to work so hard. It's evidence that, if

:56:28.:56:33.

it continues like this for another 30, 40 kilometres, the sprinters are

:56:34.:56:38.

really going to be exhausted by the time they get to the name -- by the

:56:39.:56:41.

time they get to The Pearl. Magnus Corte Nielsen is in that

:56:42.:56:56.

front group. He is a dark horse. Basically, people make up of that

:56:57.:57:02.

front group is the specialists, you'd expect, for these conditions.

:57:03.:57:06.

These are such specialised conditions. There are clear tactics

:57:07.:57:11.

and the type of riders who revel in it. The Belgians being particularly

:57:12.:57:17.

excellent at it, as they are proving. The most represented team

:57:18.:57:19.

up there. Here is the front group. Look at

:57:20.:57:30.

that. Only two team-mates, Peter Sagan, and he's got one of them up

:57:31.:57:37.

there. Just getting confirmation of the make up of the group.

:57:38.:57:47.

Norwegians, to riders as well. The Netherlands, two riders. So you've

:57:48.:57:58.

got Sagan and Michael Cole from Slovakia, Adrian Petit from France

:57:59.:58:05.

and from Belgium Tom Boonen, Jess Glynne colour, -- Jens Keukeleire

:58:06.:58:14.

Lower, Italy well represented, Daniele Bennati. Elia Viviani. Tom

:58:15.:58:24.

Leezer from the Netherlands. The two Norwegians. And then we have

:58:25.:58:34.

Alexander Christoph. And Sam Bennett from Ireland and Magnus Corte from

:58:35.:58:40.

Denmark. A lot of quality in that group. And what a turn of events in

:58:41.:58:43.

a very short space of time. Marcel Kippel is two minutes behind

:58:44.:59:01.

the leading group. He is two minutes behind the Belgians group, the group

:59:02.:59:08.

of six. So Marcel Kittel is behind, I can't see him making him back into

:59:09.:59:15.

the sharp end. And presumably Andre Greipel would be in that group. I

:59:16.:59:20.

think he is further forward. We are looking at the leaders. Group one,

:59:21.:59:28.

55. Group two is 48 seconds behind. Further back, group three will be

:59:29.:59:35.

the Kittel group. And in fact that strip could go all the way along

:59:36.:59:41.

back to group six, seven... 18. It's probably the case at the moment.

:59:42.:59:47.

There probably 18 groups. The early breakaway group are now finally

:59:48.:59:52.

caught, with 145 kilometres to go. Tom Boonen from Belgium leads the

:59:53.:59:55.

Belgian train straight past them. The Olympian champion right on his

:59:56.:00:03.

heels. The initial leading group, which was seven, now have company

:00:04.:00:08.

and they will struggle to hang on to the coat-tails of this for more than

:00:09.:00:11.

a couple of minutes. Ramirez Carranza: Columbia showing the scars

:00:12.:00:17.

of his rather painful crash. -- Ramirez from Columbia. His front

:00:18.:00:25.

wheel lifted up into the air. This is impressive stuff from the Belgian

:00:26.:00:29.

team. Among the big names in this leading group in this race which has

:00:30.:00:34.

gone absolutely mad in the last half an hour or so, the defending

:00:35.:00:37.

champion, Peter Sagan, Mark Cavendish with Adam Blythe, Tom

:00:38.:00:43.

Boonen, Michael Matthews from Australia. The wind has changed and

:00:44.:00:50.

they are in a tailwind because they are not spread across the road. That

:00:51.:00:54.

will make it even more difficult. The group one is the group with

:00:55.:01:00.

Andre Greipel and the leaders of the Belgians.

:01:01.:01:08.

We saw images of Sam Bennett, who was in this front group, did a

:01:09.:01:14.

fantastic group to get into the group. Looked like he was nursing an

:01:15.:01:19.

injury. He may have touched down. We didn't get pictures of that. He's

:01:20.:01:24.

not in that front group now, which is devastating for him. He did look

:01:25.:01:29.

like he was going backwards there. We saw him briefly. It looked like

:01:30.:01:33.

he had a hand injury. He may have had a crash or... It is great for

:01:34.:01:38.

the breakaway riders. They got caught the moment it got into the

:01:39.:01:43.

tail wind. They can sit on the back and get a free ride to The Pearl.

:01:44.:01:50.

When I say a free ride... Not an armchair ride, is it, really? But we

:01:51.:01:55.

know what you mean. And they are just, to prove the

:01:56.:02:06.

point... Is that Kittel in the middle of the road. Griepel there,

:02:07.:02:13.

second in line. An interesting one here is the fact

:02:14.:02:21.

that it is the leaders who are riding. I cannot see them bringing

:02:22.:02:26.

this group back. 53 seconds between the two groups.

:02:27.:02:31.

When they say group one, they mean group two on the road in real terms.

:02:32.:02:39.

Yes. Leaders get, leaders and then, yes...

:02:40.:02:45.

Look at the way guys are dropping back.

:02:46.:02:51.

It is not full on, it is, this chase? That goes to show how big

:02:52.:02:56.

that gap is in real terms on the road. It has taken that long with

:02:57.:03:00.

him essentially slowing down and for them to reel him in. When you've

:03:01.:03:05.

got, and it seems only six riders in the front, seven riders, I see

:03:06.:03:10.

Griepel slotted back in, he's only in eighth position. You can tell

:03:11.:03:14.

with the weaving around on the road. This is not a concerted effort to

:03:15.:03:19.

close this gap. It is not a very business-like... That is it. It is

:03:20.:03:25.

over a kilometres, 52 seconds. It is a long way up the road. They will go

:03:26.:03:31.

over 60 kilometres in these conditions. It is a dot on the

:03:32.:03:37.

horizon. It is a long road. If you are riding at 60 kilometres per

:03:38.:03:42.

hour, which these guys are, you cannot go much faster. Everyone is

:03:43.:03:47.

at their terminal velocity. You need to go into a headwind, because then

:03:48.:03:51.

the front group might start to play around and then you can drive into

:03:52.:03:54.

it and make big differences of speed. A tail wind, a cross-tail is

:03:55.:04:00.

the most dangerous F a gap opens, it is so difficult to close. We saw

:04:01.:04:10.

Sagan taking on two bottles from the vehicle. He's got two bottles there.

:04:11.:04:17.

Moving back through... So this has turned into a kind of, a genius

:04:18.:04:21.

tactical move from the early break away. They are in a position now in

:04:22.:04:25.

the race they would not have been before. They spent a lot of energy.

:04:26.:04:35.

They will now be with the best riders in the world for the final of

:04:36.:04:40.

the World Championships. So that second group, so in this

:04:41.:04:46.

group, this is leaders, we have Mark Cavendish and Blythe for Great

:04:47.:04:53.

Britain. There is Thwaites and Swift, two British riders. We don't

:04:54.:04:57.

know where the rest of the British riders are. They are scattered in

:04:58.:05:01.

groups behind. There we can see the two groups. The leaders on the left.

:05:02.:05:06.

Group one on the right. If they do catch this group, they

:05:07.:05:10.

will race: And they are shaking their heads, because no-one is

:05:11.:05:13.

contributing. There is some confusion. It is not consistent.

:05:14.:05:17.

There are not enough riders committed to bringing this back.

:05:18.:05:20.

Even Griepel there swings over and takes a look. Not prepared to do all

:05:21.:05:24.

the work. And the other riders not coming through to share. That will

:05:25.:05:28.

be very frustrating for them. But working well at the front, in the

:05:29.:05:32.

lead peloton. The Belgians doing the majority of the work. And Tom

:05:33.:05:36.

Boonen, the protected rider of the day. He's pulled a lot of strong

:05:37.:05:40.

turns out here in the front. This is not the front group we are looking

:05:41.:05:45.

at now. This is group one by the graphic. Second group on the road.

:05:46.:05:48.

So you can see, that is it, that I have cracked. That is not coming

:05:49.:05:53.

back now. 55 seconds. So that group one now will wait for the group two,

:05:54.:05:57.

the third group on the road, which is group two in the graphics, come

:05:58.:06:02.

up to them. They have a long wait. They are one minute, 20, behind

:06:03.:06:06.

them. This is going to be hugely disappointing. It is always very

:06:07.:06:09.

disappointing when you get caught out in an echelon like that. After

:06:10.:06:16.

the initial fur flurry, the break up, then you feel great again and

:06:17.:06:20.

you are caught in a group which will not contribute and there is not much

:06:21.:06:24.

you can do. It is as much mental attention as anything else. If you

:06:25.:06:27.

are in the wrong gap or position, this is the third group we are

:06:28.:06:31.

looking at now, called group number two, closing in on group number one,

:06:32.:06:35.

which is second group on the road. They are working a little bit more,

:06:36.:06:40.

better together. There are more riders there contributing. This

:06:41.:06:46.

group is made mainly of domestics and team-mates trying to get to

:06:47.:06:51.

their leaders. That is why the second group, you see them riding

:06:52.:06:56.

themselves because they have to, nobody else is contributing. There

:06:57.:07:01.

are riders in there which have riders in the leader's group who

:07:02.:07:05.

don't want to help. It turns into a tactical and frustrating game.

:07:06.:07:12.

The Spanish... Their leader today, there you go. They are trying to

:07:13.:07:16.

keep this rolling through. What has happened to Adam Blythe? It is the

:07:17.:07:21.

leader's group: Oh, I got confused there!

:07:22.:07:26.

Mark Cavendish cannot afford to lose his one team-mate in that group. All

:07:27.:07:30.

the groups, apart from, can they are finding their rhythm now. It is

:07:31.:07:33.

stabilising everywhere. And think I that is because it is simply so

:07:34.:07:37.

fast. Here we have the Griepel group. This is chasing the leader's

:07:38.:07:41.

group. Have they found more momentum again? I think some riders have gone

:07:42.:07:45.

back and shouted at others. Again Griepel comes through. Nobody is on

:07:46.:07:48.

his wheels. His team-mate comes up. That is it. What you need is all,

:07:49.:07:54.

well 20 of those riders rotating in one big rotation. At the moment it

:07:55.:07:58.

is not happening. After every three riders come through, somebody else

:07:59.:08:00.

doesn't go through. It breaks the rhythm. People are trust traited.

:08:01.:08:04.

They don't work with each other and it slows the pace down. Riders peel

:08:05.:08:10.

off into the middle of the road like Kittel. He's shaking has his head.

:08:11.:08:15.

Even maybe he's saying, I don't think it will happen. You cannot

:08:16.:08:23.

give up. That is the thing. So, it is one minute and two seconds

:08:24.:08:27.

between the two first groups on the road. This is the first group.

:08:28.:08:34.

Greg Van Avermaet. Belgians with six riders in this group. A significant

:08:35.:08:39.

group with the tail wind back to The Pearl. These riders are working

:08:40.:08:44.

welling to and they have all the incentive to keep the pressure on

:08:45.:08:50.

the pedals. Like you said, they are the team leaders who have to do the

:08:51.:08:53.

work for themselves and maybe there is a point soon when they say, OK,

:08:54.:08:57.

let's sit up and wait for group number three to catch up and we will

:08:58.:09:02.

see if we can take our chance. The only hope is if this team were to

:09:03.:09:07.

sit up and play cat and mouse. Which I don't think will happen. The

:09:08.:09:11.

Belgians, you see there are too many riders in this to keep the group up

:09:12.:09:16.

the road. Why make it bigger? The Belgians obviously this is a great

:09:17.:09:20.

opportunity for them. Six riders, I mean they can control this group.

:09:21.:09:26.

They can launch offence. I imagine if this group is up behind... And

:09:27.:09:31.

the world champion will come out of this group again, they can play

:09:32.:09:43.

different tactical games. They can launch attacks on The Pearl. Even

:09:44.:09:49.

Tom Boonen will not trust his ability to beat Cavendish in the

:09:50.:09:55.

sprint. Boonen has come through for good turns too. When they get close

:09:56.:10:00.

tore the finish he will question how fresh the legs are of Mark

:10:01.:10:03.

Cavendish, who has been riding quite smart at the moment. He's well

:10:04.:10:10.

protecte focussed. Not to miss that move. He was there and that was

:10:11.:10:14.

probably the hardest task of the day. Now he's... ... Oil in his

:10:15.:10:20.

chain. He's in the biggest gear and he's spinning like that. It must be

:10:21.:10:26.

65 k an hour. Over 40 miles per hour. That is why everyone is giving

:10:27.:10:33.

off that sort of impression of being slightly relaxed because everybody

:10:34.:10:37.

is in their biggest gear. You cannot go much faster. They are at the

:10:38.:10:41.

terminal velocity and the damage has been done. It will be difficult to

:10:42.:10:45.

fix it. Well you hear us in the commentary

:10:46.:10:49.

box talking about raises radio. What is it? We went with the voice of

:10:50.:10:55.

radio in one of the earlier races this week to find out. So radio the

:10:56.:11:03.

radio for all of the team cars but also the commentators. The idea is

:11:04.:11:07.

to give out information on the race, throughout the race, to the finish

:11:08.:11:11.

on what happens, who are the riders, concerned by the breakaway. The

:11:12.:11:16.

gaps. If I see a rider suffering a puncture, I will call the car. The

:11:17.:11:19.

idea is to give out short sentences on what goes on and call a car if

:11:20.:11:23.

necessary. So this is the office of Radio Tour

:11:24.:11:30.

H is how it works. I basically work with this headset. I work with a

:11:31.:11:35.

pedal. So basically when I press on the pedal and I speak, everyone

:11:36.:11:39.

hears me. I have to be careful with what I do with my foot, basically.

:11:40.:11:46.

The challenge of every race is to stay focussed all the time. I cannot

:11:47.:11:50.

stop being focussed because anything can happen at any moment.

:11:51.:11:57.

A crash, a crash in the pack on the right-hand side. Be careful behind.

:11:58.:12:04.

Several riders on the ground. Race radio helps commentators. If you

:12:05.:12:09.

have a break away it established how many riders there are and who it is.

:12:10.:12:12.

It clarifies that quickly I tells you thinks going on within the race.

:12:13.:12:17.

You can hear everything that the team cars can hear.

:12:18.:12:22.

USA, mechanical problem for one of your riders. These are the two

:12:23.:12:29.

motorbikes, these are the two guys who give me information on what goes

:12:30.:12:35.

on at the front. Most of the drivers and the guys on the motorbikes are

:12:36.:12:38.

former riders. It is really important to know how a rider will

:12:39.:12:42.

react and how to drive next to a pack. The guy driving this car rode

:12:43.:12:50.

the Tour de France on several occasions and wore the yellow

:12:51.:12:56.

jersey. I give out the information and it goes to this lady here, who

:12:57.:13:00.

is the black board girl. All the information goes on the black board.

:13:01.:13:04.

She shows this to the riders so they know the gap is one minute 30 or 30

:13:05.:13:10.

seconds. I am always behind pack. That is where I see things in the

:13:11.:13:15.

best possible way and because the pack becomes the leader's group. In

:13:16.:13:19.

12 years of doing this I have never seen the finish of a race because we

:13:20.:13:23.

are behind the pack. I tend not to see what goes on at the front. A

:13:24.:13:29.

nice look behind the scenes there. Let's get back to the race now. At

:13:30.:13:34.

last the leaders coming to The Pearl, heading on to the finishing

:13:35.:13:36.

Sir it is. Seven laps of this circuit.

:13:37.:13:48.

The way the circle is laid out they will catch glimpse. There are

:13:49.:13:54.

roundabouts and all sorts. It will play mind tricks on both groups

:13:55.:13:58.

because you will see, they will be able to see quite quickly because a

:13:59.:14:02.

good bike racer can look at a group and get the feeling of how that

:14:03.:14:07.

group is operating. If this group... What I would do now if I was the

:14:08.:14:11.

Belgians is put all six on the front for this first lap, so each time the

:14:12.:14:16.

chasing group came through they would see the Belgians leading and

:14:17.:14:20.

think, we don't have a chance. That would start to blow the minds of the

:14:21.:14:24.

chasing group and they would give up one by one. You want to create that

:14:25.:14:28.

seed of doubt in that group. As soon as they have cracked, because that

:14:29.:14:33.

is when you crack them, let that group go to two or three minutes and

:14:34.:14:37.

then they can put more of an order. The last thing the Belgians would

:14:38.:14:41.

want to do is allow Germany back in through the back door. Can't do

:14:42.:14:45.

that. This is the perfect mission for the

:14:46.:14:53.

moment from Belgium. Belgium they have got rid of Griepel and others.

:14:54.:14:59.

So far they couldn't have wished for a better scenario. Germany have

:15:00.:15:04.

three fantastic riders who would be desperate to get back into the

:15:05.:15:07.

reckoning of this race and would be a major problem for all the riders

:15:08.:15:11.

as a the front if they were to join that group. Look at this group. We

:15:12.:15:17.

have four Belgians, two/three Norwegians up there.

:15:18.:15:28.

Just so you can show that for the first lap or so and that will mess

:15:29.:15:34.

with their heads and then we can sit back and play it tactically. Mark

:15:35.:15:39.

Cavendish is very much in contention here in this men's road race, a

:15:40.:15:46.

title which he won in Copenhagen in 2011. Very much so. This is almost a

:15:47.:15:51.

perfect scenario for him. He would have preferred to have his team

:15:52.:15:55.

there but, at the same time, he knows Belgium are going to control

:15:56.:16:01.

it. Their leader will be Tom Boonen. They will play games. Norway are

:16:02.:16:05.

well presented and the Italians, so he can play off their work. That's

:16:06.:16:09.

what Peter Sagan is going to have to do. He's got one team-mate up there,

:16:10.:16:13.

so he is in the same position as Cavendish. Peter Sagan started with

:16:14.:16:18.

only two team-mates and Mark Cavendish started with eight but

:16:19.:16:21.

they are both down to one now, so they will both have to play

:16:22.:16:24.

tactically. Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish are both following

:16:25.:16:29.

incredibly strong athletes, very tactically astute. They won't panic.

:16:30.:16:34.

Mark will not be panicking and neither will be Peter Sagan. They

:16:35.:16:37.

will have to figure out how they are going to play this.

:16:38.:16:50.

The first chase group, that with Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel. The

:16:51.:17:03.

Belgians are keeping the pace on. People hesitating because they don't

:17:04.:17:05.

want to go through and contribute and it's causing splinters.

:17:06.:17:12.

Tempers are starting to fray here. People are starting to get

:17:13.:17:15.

frustrated and angry with each other. Daniele Bennati in fourth.

:17:16.:17:21.

They all looked across, having a look at what the other group is

:17:22.:17:25.

doing, and they will have done the same. That little glance is trying

:17:26.:17:29.

to read what's going on. They will have seen the gap at the front, with

:17:30.:17:35.

Andre Greipel chasing. With the Belgians. The Belgians will think

:17:36.:17:39.

they've got it under control. He is coming around the Belgian rider to

:17:40.:17:43.

shut down the American. You can imagine the psychological warfare.

:17:44.:17:46.

When they see Belgian controlling the front, and then Belgium shutting

:17:47.:17:51.

down the front of their group... It's a mess, isn't it, that second

:17:52.:17:58.

group. Totally. That's thanks to the tactics of Belgium being up there

:17:59.:18:03.

and controlling it. It's not because they're two team-mates missed that

:18:04.:18:05.

move and will be feeling bad they are not up there with their

:18:06.:18:08.

team-mates, they realise it is better that they are there and can

:18:09.:18:11.

get in the way of the chase. Neither of them are going to ride through.

:18:12.:18:21.

Second wheel... Andre Greipel looks under his arm and sees another

:18:22.:18:26.

Belgian rider. Very angry. I don't see Marcel Kittel coming to the

:18:27.:18:30.

front now. The Belgian swings back in again. You see? It's too easy for

:18:31.:18:36.

the Belgians. They are getting angry. The Austrian rider is going

:18:37.:18:40.

to have a go. It's going to be even more frustrating for the riders of

:18:41.:18:45.

the German team when they see that and they just keep shaking their

:18:46.:18:50.

heads. Nothing they can do can fall into place or pick up momentum. It's

:18:51.:18:55.

a bad state of play, when Andre Greipel is the man doing the work in

:18:56.:18:59.

that group, with over 100 kilometres still to go, and this is a guy who

:19:00.:19:03.

could win the World Championships. At the start, he could. Yes, that

:19:04.:19:09.

whole group is now being controlled by the Belgians, two riders

:19:10.:19:15.

controlling 25. They are just wearing them down psychologically,

:19:16.:19:18.

and that's why it's important for the Belgians to have their riders in

:19:19.:19:21.

the brunt of this circuit, for the first lap at least, so the other

:19:22.:19:27.

guys, their heads will drop. -- in the front of this circuit. They are

:19:28.:19:30.

controlling it on all fronts. Psychological warfare out there. We

:19:31.:19:36.

are going into the final 100 kilometres in this race. It is in

:19:37.:19:45.

pieces. That's what we wanted, a bit of wind today out in the desert to

:19:46.:19:49.

shake things up a bit, and the Belgian team certainly did shake it

:19:50.:19:56.

up. It was a phenomenal macro the group behind is in a mess still.

:19:57.:20:00.

They are all over the place, attacking each other. He's banging

:20:01.:20:06.

his head against a brick wall. He loves it. He won't get much love

:20:07.:20:11.

from the others when they rejoin him. He will be Mr popular.

:20:12.:20:20.

On the back of that group from Ireland, Sam Bennett. He'll be

:20:21.:20:28.

gutted. He'd made it into that from split, that leaders group, and he

:20:29.:20:30.

couldn't hang on for whatever reason. -- he made it that front

:20:31.:20:33.

split. A Swiss rider. Michael Schar, I think. It's going

:20:34.:20:50.

up a bit, that gap. That is the riders in the second group on the

:20:51.:20:55.

road in group one. Coming to the realisation they are just not

:20:56.:20:59.

getting it together, so they are splitting, the riders who have

:21:00.:21:02.

something left in their legs, taking their chance at jumping across. It

:21:03.:21:07.

is a very big task with the calibre of riders out there in front.

:21:08.:21:12.

Seemingly impossible. These are the final death throes of this group.

:21:13.:21:16.

When the little attacks start going, that's just before it completely

:21:17.:21:20.

dies, because it shows the momentum has gone, people are not working

:21:21.:21:23.

well together, people are taking these desperate moves. I mean, look

:21:24.:21:30.

is all closing down. This is the group, Michael Schar attacking,

:21:31.:21:34.

grouping up like that. It's done. Australia still represented further

:21:35.:21:50.

up the road in the front group. We are just looking at Mitch Docker.

:21:51.:21:59.

If this second group on the road, which they call group one on the

:22:00.:22:07.

screen, if they give up and they sit up, like David said, there will only

:22:08.:22:11.

be a small number of people finishing this race at the World

:22:12.:22:15.

Championships, and probably not what we predicted at the start of the day

:22:16.:22:20.

on get flat course in Doha. Especially after watching yesterday.

:22:21.:22:26.

Up to the finish, where not many riders will drop throughout the

:22:27.:22:29.

race. A slightly different course, given they didn't go out into the

:22:30.:22:34.

desert, just on the circuit. Being dead flat, we assume is going to be

:22:35.:22:39.

a bunch sprint, like everybody said, but this is a smaller group than

:22:40.:22:43.

many predicted. What crazy about this, and this is bike racing

:22:44.:22:49.

completely, there are 257 kilometres racing today and the race happened

:22:50.:22:53.

in five kilometres, the initial part. If they didn't have

:22:54.:22:58.

crosswinds, we would have been arriving here with 190 riders. It is

:22:59.:23:03.

such a tactical game, bike racing. You look at the map and you see

:23:04.:23:07.

where that's going to happen and that's the only point to focus on.

:23:08.:23:11.

The two kilometres before that corner and then be ready for a one

:23:12.:23:15.

kilometre effort after that. So you had three kilometres where you had

:23:16.:23:20.

to be game on, and so many people missed it. It looks like these

:23:21.:23:23.

riders are being pulled off the course. That is the Dan Stannard

:23:24.:23:29.

group. That is the fourth group in a row.

:23:30.:23:39.

The day has ended early for a sizeable proportion of the number of

:23:40.:23:46.

riders in the field here. Some big names in there, some talented

:23:47.:23:47.

riders. Hopefully a quick change so they can

:23:48.:24:01.

get straight back into the race. Not so quick at the moment,

:24:02.:24:08.

unfortunately. There you go. A good convoy. Because of the nature of

:24:09.:24:13.

this circuit with all of the turns and roundabouts, it means the cars

:24:14.:24:19.

are often slowed down. It's also possible you carry debris from the

:24:20.:24:25.

desert on your tyres. Andre Greipel on the attack on the second group.

:24:26.:24:30.

They got out to one minute 50 seconds before he decided to have a

:24:31.:24:34.

go, and guess who is on his tail. The Belgians. Tony Martin, his work

:24:35.:24:41.

done for the day. Two gold medals from his week's work. It looks like

:24:42.:24:49.

he's getting supplies to ride back to the hotel. The Belgian riders are

:24:50.:24:54.

quick to come to the front to join in and then break it up. In a way,

:24:55.:24:59.

it's almost been better, when we saw the race falling to pieces during

:25:00.:25:03.

the crosswinds, we saw one of the Belgian riders cause a split and

:25:04.:25:06.

pull off Harper Lee. He must have seemed that he had so many

:25:07.:25:10.

team-mates ahead in the group that he pulled the left. It's ingenious.

:25:11.:25:16.

He goes, I could force a split and not move it. That's quite advanced

:25:17.:25:19.

racing to do that in those conditions. If they had the full

:25:20.:25:24.

team up there, they'd have no team-mates behind the block was the

:25:25.:25:27.

so they've got a bunch of strong riders in the front group. Was there

:25:28.:25:35.

a crash? Scott Thwaites. That is in the second group. It looks like he's

:25:36.:25:38.

OK. That's exactly the corner we saw

:25:39.:25:47.

before where Daniele Bennati came ripping round and Jens Keukeleire

:25:48.:25:52.

came round behind and said, don't go that fast. The Belgian riders just

:25:53.:25:56.

policing it so well. It's almost like they are in a track race,

:25:57.:26:01.

looking their shoulders. That in itself, like I said, if those

:26:02.:26:04.

Belgian riders haven't been there and they've had their full team up

:26:05.:26:08.

the front, this group would have had more momentum, but they have served

:26:09.:26:11.

an equally important role for the team of the riders up the front with

:26:12.:26:16.

Tom Boonen, causing these guys to ride defensively behind. Scott

:26:17.:26:21.

Thwaites safely back. It goes John Degenkolb again. And the Belgians,

:26:22.:26:29.

and Mitch Docker behind them. Two minutes, the gap, starting to make

:26:30.:26:35.

that move. Well, at least they are not giving up. That shows the

:26:36.:26:39.

calibre of the riders. It's a hell of a time trial to close a

:26:40.:26:43.

two-minute gap if nobody is going to help pupils the it will be a

:26:44.:26:46.

struggle. You can't fully commit ever because you have got a Belgian

:26:47.:26:52.

rider on your wheel. They will not help because they will be annoyed by

:26:53.:26:56.

riders from other groups. What the point of doing a two-minute time

:26:57.:27:00.

trial to close a gap if it is going to drop you immediately? The

:27:01.:27:08.

selection was made a long way out in this race. 184 kilometres from the

:27:09.:27:12.

finish. Almost exactly 100 kilometres ago. So that is how long

:27:13.:27:17.

the race has been on for. All these splits happened in the space of two,

:27:18.:27:24.

three kilometres. Adam Blythe making it back on. There you go, that is

:27:25.:27:32.

John Degenkolb being angry with the Belgian riders for doing their job.

:27:33.:27:38.

Yeah, the Belgian riders in the chase group have done a fabulous job

:27:39.:27:44.

of frustrating the momentum. Chasing down John Degenkolb again. He's not

:27:45.:27:48.

going to throw his bottle at them, is he? He squirted it. That's

:27:49.:27:58.

fantastic. Oh, come on, John! . -- what does he expect the Belgian

:27:59.:28:05.

rider to do? The job of the Belgian riders, only doing what they are

:28:06.:28:10.

supposed to do. They are in control. I like John Degenkolb, he's a great

:28:11.:28:13.

guy, but you can see how you lose your mind. Such unexpected behaviour

:28:14.:28:20.

from John Degenkolb. You wouldn't expect it from anybody. I thought it

:28:21.:28:24.

was just fun and jokes between two mates but then you could see he

:28:25.:28:28.

raised his hands in frustration. It's still going on. Turning round,

:28:29.:28:34.

shaking his at him. John Degenkolb has lost the plot. Now the Belgians

:28:35.:28:37.

are going to rub it in. He's going to stick to his wheel. It's perfect.

:28:38.:28:42.

It's exactly what I'd do. Look, he's just not stopping. Let's see if we

:28:43.:28:47.

can hear it. No, we can't hear it. Very strange behaviour from John

:28:48.:29:00.

Degenkolb. That is just the role of the Belgian team. That's what they

:29:01.:29:04.

have the right to do. You lose your mind after a while. But, second up,

:29:05.:29:12.

he will probably get fined for that. -- the commerce there coming up. He

:29:13.:29:20.

is doing his job and doing it exceptionally well, to the point

:29:21.:29:25.

where he has closed that group down Jens Debusschere getting an earful

:29:26.:29:33.

and I fall from John Degenkolb. With most of the Belgian team at the

:29:34.:29:36.

front of the race, I've no idea what John Degenkolb expects Jens

:29:37.:29:41.

Debusschere to do. We haven't had any information. One assumes they

:29:42.:29:47.

did just all miss that breakaway at the vital moment and there wasn't a

:29:48.:29:54.

mechanical issue at an important juncture. It's interesting that all

:29:55.:29:57.

three of them would there, which implies they couldn't make it. There

:29:58.:30:03.

was no clear attack from any team. It was the perfect crosswind. They

:30:04.:30:09.

were there. They were in the first 40, the right place, but you needed

:30:10.:30:13.

to be in the first 20 and that was the problem. Such a perfect

:30:14.:30:18.

crosswind that, even when they did the final right-hander, they still

:30:19.:30:21.

looked reasonably safe in the tail would section. Then they just

:30:22.:30:25.

started to drop. -- the tailwind section. One minute you think you

:30:26.:30:30.

are safe but then riders start popping out everywhere. That's

:30:31.:30:34.

what's happened. Mark Cavendish was right at the front, Tom Boonen, all

:30:35.:30:38.

these guys. The 20 riders who made it.

:30:39.:30:46.

He did ride himself into the ground. When he needed people to join in and

:30:47.:30:58.

help the chase there was virtually nobody there. There's Kittel. One of

:30:59.:31:04.

those who would have travelled out to Qatar with hopes of claiming the

:31:05.:31:10.

Rainbow jersey. There is a rider suffer from the effects of the heat

:31:11.:31:13.

and the effort and the disappointment. He's upset. He's

:31:14.:31:21.

genuinely gutted. 35.6kms to go. One of these riders in the picture now

:31:22.:31:30.

will become the 2016 world road race champion. Blythe and Cavendish are

:31:31.:31:35.

in this group. The notable absentees, all of the German riders.

:31:36.:31:56.

No Kittel, no Griepel. Sagan is in this group, of Slovakia.

:31:57.:32:05.

France have got a couple of riders in the group, they have Bonnet.

:32:06.:32:10.

There's Bonnet there we are looking at.

:32:11.:32:17.

I am sure Bonnet didn't expect himself to be this the World

:32:18.:32:21.

Championship with the weight of the nation on his shoulders. Neither of

:32:22.:32:26.

the designated ones have made they way into it.

:32:27.:32:39.

A big shift from some of these Belgian riders.

:32:40.:32:50.

Of all the stars in the lead group, in your opinion which would be the

:32:51.:32:54.

most confident with the way the race has played out, and their position

:32:55.:32:58.

at the moment? Mark Cavendish would have to be pretty confident with how

:32:59.:33:02.

things have gone until this point. Obviously Sagan as well. It is

:33:03.:33:10.

difficult to say. Boonen, obviously because he's controlling the race.

:33:11.:33:15.

He decides if they ride, he could decide right now, stop riding guys

:33:16.:33:19.

and the whole thing would stop moving. He's in control of

:33:20.:33:23.

everything and his confidence and abilities. I think for Cavendish he

:33:24.:33:27.

will be happy to have Blythe there. He's been in the wheels, which has

:33:28.:33:33.

been exceptionally hard. He's not had to exert himself yet apart from

:33:34.:33:40.

the perfect moment, which he did. Couldn't have executed better. Hence

:33:41.:33:45.

why he's here in this group. It is the same for Peter Sagan, Michael

:33:46.:33:48.

Matthews, Kristoff. Think I they are all in a bit of a stalemate at the

:33:49.:33:52.

moment. At the moment it is as if, as it stands, you get the impression

:33:53.:33:57.

Belgium, Italy and Norway want to take it to the line for a sprint, in

:33:58.:34:02.

which case you are like, OK, it will be a real proper sprint and we will

:34:03.:34:08.

see who is the best and best today. And that will be quite the match

:34:09.:34:16.

with Michael Matthews, Peter Sagan, Viviani, Cavendish. You cannot

:34:17.:34:19.

predict that. I mean you could, you could say Mark

:34:20.:34:23.

Cavendish. But at the same time it is a long race. Some others will

:34:24.:34:27.

fancy their races. If Kristoff has got his team up there, if Boonen is

:34:28.:34:33.

continuing to let Belgium ride like this, he's obviously confident.

:34:34.:34:37.

Kristoff might not have the speed of Cavendish. He's a good spread

:34:38.:34:43.

sprinter. This has been a long, hard day, it is often where Boonen excels

:34:44.:34:48.

and we have seen Mark Cavendish do the same. The current form from Tom

:34:49.:34:54.

Boonen would dictate he's the man of the moment. He's beaten Mark

:34:55.:35:03.

Cavendish. He's beaten Kristoff. He's beaten others.

:35:04.:35:11.

Michael Matthews will be less, he's younger. At the moment they are

:35:12.:35:18.

playing the same tactic. The Belgian team must have high morale after

:35:19.:35:21.

their success at the Olympic Games. They knew they had the ability to

:35:22.:35:25.

win that gold medal, but to walk away with it, obviously a lot of

:35:26.:35:31.

celebrations and great morale amongst the Belgian team. That was

:35:32.:35:36.

not necessarily the train where you would have expected Belgium to win.

:35:37.:35:44.

It was a physically demanding race. I wonder what Peter Sagan was

:35:45.:35:48.

thinking that night, whether he, once he saw the result of that race,

:35:49.:35:51.

whether he thought, maybe I could have done that after all, maybe that

:35:52.:35:54.

course was doable? That is a decision you have to make.

:35:55.:36:00.

There was a gamble on that one taken by Greg Van Avermaet.

:36:01.:36:15.

Peter had ridden the test road. He essentially trained and worked for a

:36:16.:36:18.

year for that one race, which is, it takes a lot of courage and

:36:19.:36:21.

confidence to do that. Yes, it paid off. He's a pretty quick finisher,

:36:22.:36:28.

isn't he, Avermaet. I saw him outsprinteding Sagan for the stage

:36:29.:36:34.

win, just the two of them. He did it resentment in Quebec and Montreal.

:36:35.:36:38.

Sagan won the first one and it was Greg Van Avermaet who beat Sagan in

:36:39.:36:42.

the second one. It was only a month ago. We know Avermaet and Sagan, it

:36:43.:36:48.

is not the first time they have got one-twos. Greg Van Avermaet is a

:36:49.:36:54.

great all rounder. So, in that way you could describe

:36:55.:37:00.

Peter Sagan and Greg Van Avermaet as best all-rounders.

:37:01.:37:07.

What a job he has done for Belgium today. That was a very impressive

:37:08.:37:10.

shift. Looks like he is relaxed. No facial

:37:11.:37:26.

expressions. It is clear he's emptied the tank if he just shuts it

:37:27.:37:35.

down like that. That makes it interesting because Oliver Nasen is

:37:36.:37:44.

looking tired address well. -- Naesen is looking tired as well.

:37:45.:37:55.

Meanwhile Avermaet it ises near the back. Sagan just behind him.

:37:56.:38:05.

I can see everybody now getting a bit of the jitters, getting close to

:38:06.:38:09.

the finish. Two laps to go. We would probably have expected a few attacks

:38:10.:38:15.

to have gone before this point. The Belgian team keeping the pace high.

:38:16.:38:20.

A lot of pace put into Tom Boonen for today.

:38:21.:38:51.

We are inside the final two laps here on The Pearl. We have a sizable

:38:52.:38:59.

leading group. Any of these could become the world champion. We still

:39:00.:39:03.

have remnants from the early break away among these elite riders here.

:39:04.:39:07.

Hanging in at the front end of the race. That has been as dumb -- has

:39:08.:39:27.

been a bizarre day for them. Roth, from Canada. Two riders at the back,

:39:28.:39:33.

they were in that early break away. Dougall is there also from South

:39:34.:39:35.

Africa. The shadows are growing longer with

:39:36.:39:52.

every passing minute now. The fierce heat of the day just

:39:53.:40:00.

eases in Doha. It is now just hot rather thanes by

:40:01.:40:08.

teringly so. -- rather than blisteringly so.

:40:09.:40:30.

Belgian TV is hovering before he's had a chance to have a drink. The

:40:31.:40:52.

second group on the road here, still chugging along.

:40:53.:40:59.

And very shortly they'll have two laps to go over the line this time.

:41:00.:41:09.

Griepel in the group, Thwaites of Great Britain and Ben Swift as well.

:41:10.:41:18.

A big, big gap between this group and those at the front of the race.

:41:19.:41:27.

So very much minor placings will be up for grabs for these riders.

:41:28.:41:37.

Sitting on the back of that group is the younger brother of Peter Sagan.

:41:38.:41:43.

Slovakia have a full compliment in the race. All three riders.

:41:44.:42:10.

Inside the last couple of laps now, this road racing championship. Can

:42:11.:42:18.

Mark Cavendish land the title for the second time in his career? Will

:42:19.:42:22.

it be his day? Britain with two cards to play here in this leading

:42:23.:42:26.

group. A long, long day in the saddle.

:42:27.:42:33.

257.3kms the distance. It was out in the desert where the damage was

:42:34.:42:43.

really done. Looks like Viviani going back to the

:42:44.:42:49.

team car for instructions, or is he looking for fluids. He seemed

:42:50.:42:54.

nervous to be. Repeatedly going back, hovering up and down the

:42:55.:42:58.

group. It can work both ways. It can mean he's feeling good and is

:42:59.:43:02.

nervous because of that, or he's just confused.

:43:03.:43:09.

He's gone back to get some more... Get some more direction from the

:43:10.:43:15.

team director in the car. Calm down! It is interesting because some

:43:16.:43:20.

athletes don't want communication in the final 30-40 minutes of the race,

:43:21.:43:24.

but he's just taken on some food as well. That is not a great sign, is

:43:25.:43:38.

it? It is a motivational chat there. He's looking good, Viviani. He's

:43:39.:43:41.

looking smooth and in control on the bike.

:43:42.:43:45.

At the moment, all the leaders, they have got the same workload under the

:43:46.:43:50.

belt. Since the initial split, where they were all contributing and Tom

:43:51.:44:00.

Boonen, 160 K ago, they have all sat on the wheels as Belgium and Italy

:44:01.:44:04.

have done the work. They have not had a chance, normally if it is a

:44:05.:44:09.

heavy course, you see who is feeling good on the climb, you can tell by

:44:10.:44:12.

their pedalling action, their body language. At the moment none of the

:44:13.:44:17.

leaders will know how well each is going, unless somebody has cracked

:44:18.:44:19.

and you can see that, which co you can.

:44:20.:44:31.

But because dumb of the nature of the surface, it is difficult to see

:44:32.:44:40.

if somebody is suffering or not. A good ride from the Moroccan as

:44:41.:44:47.

well to hang in this group. Number 156 who has been in the lead

:44:48.:44:54.

group all the way through the race. The closer they come to the finish

:44:55.:45:00.

now, 23.5 kilometres to go. Mark Cavendish's confidence must be

:45:01.:45:03.

building without those attacks that we are predicting to come at some

:45:04.:45:08.

point, the further they get, close tore the finish, the more confident

:45:09.:45:16.

Mark Cavendish will be. He's been well positioned and well focussed.

:45:17.:45:18.

Having a look around now. Mark Cavendish is almost always in

:45:19.:45:31.

the drops, that lower position. He keeps himself smaller. Over a

:45:32.:45:36.

shortish race, that wouldn't make much difference but, when you have

:45:37.:45:41.

been in the wheels for that long, that micro-difference it will make,

:45:42.:45:45.

making you more aerodynamic, that adds up. Those of the details Mark

:45:46.:45:50.

Cavendish thinks about. It isn't that comfortable but, holding that

:45:51.:45:53.

for hours on end, it a lot of training and work and discipline. He

:45:54.:46:01.

has a very small frontal area when he gets down into that sprinting

:46:02.:46:02.

position, Cavendish. No sign of any liveliness from the

:46:03.:46:17.

front of the leading group at the moment. Not yet. Some very

:46:18.:46:26.

disciplined, controlled. It's still a high pace, the way wit around

:46:27.:46:30.

these roundabouts and corners. That goes to show. -- the way it

:46:31.:46:34.

whiplashs. One of the benefits of them having

:46:35.:46:47.

had six riders in the group when it split, it means they can save their

:46:48.:46:51.

good riders. They put their three leaders in that group, Jurgen

:46:52.:46:58.

Roelandts, Tom Boonen and the other one. If the Belgians and have those

:46:59.:47:02.

riders, they would have all had to be riding. The Belgians sacrificed

:47:03.:47:05.

those three riders for the other three.

:47:06.:47:14.

Daniele Bennati has been up near the front for a long time. It's been the

:47:15.:47:20.

Belgians leading the way, though. There you go, Elia Viviani dropping

:47:21.:47:38.

back, sitting on Peter Sagan's wheel. His team-mates are up there,

:47:39.:47:44.

doing the work. He is down there, monitoring things, getting technical

:47:45.:47:50.

-- tactical insight from the Italian team boss in the car. There is Mark

:47:51.:47:55.

Cavendish. Looking very skinny actually. That could be the heat as

:47:56.:48:02.

well. It's sort of dehydrates you as the race goes on. Mat Hayman,

:48:03.:48:09.

checking that Michael Matthews, his team-mate, is still OK and up with

:48:10.:48:17.

him. Mat Hayman physically be bigger of the two Australians. It will be a

:48:18.:48:22.

huge benefit for Michael Matthews to have had somebody so big and strong

:48:23.:48:25.

in front of him, being protected from the wind. A bit more than the

:48:26.:48:30.

other riders, because of the size of Mat Hayman. He's had a great wheel

:48:31.:48:35.

to sit on for the whole day. The third group in a row pulled out, so

:48:36.:48:43.

only the first two groups out there now, a grand total of probably 50

:48:44.:48:48.

odd riders. They will roll towards the pits.

:48:49.:49:03.

And here we are, back at the front of the race. It's been a phenomenal

:49:04.:49:13.

display of teamwork and strength in numbers from the Belgian team. We

:49:14.:49:17.

predicted they would be quite strong, but did we predicted they'd

:49:18.:49:20.

be this strong? They have really dominated today. I think we expected

:49:21.:49:26.

the other teams to expect it as well. But crosswind racing is so

:49:27.:49:32.

particular that you can be incredibly strong and just in the

:49:33.:49:35.

wrong place, about five metres behind where the action is happening

:49:36.:49:40.

and, all of a sudden, it explodes and you have no hope. That's what

:49:41.:49:43.

happened to a lot of riders. They had the legs to be in here today but

:49:44.:49:47.

they were just a bit too far back when it all happened. You can see

:49:48.:49:52.

three teams at the front, Belgium, Italy and Norway. They are the three

:49:53.:49:55.

teams that have the highest representation in the front group.

:49:56.:50:02.

Belgium, six, Italy, four, Norway, four. Those teams are controlling

:50:03.:50:06.

it. That's where, with three leaders, Michael Matthews Australia,

:50:07.:50:10.

with Mat Hayman, Mark Cavendish, he only has Adam Blythe and then for

:50:11.:50:17.

Peter Sagan, he's only got Michael Kolar. They are going to have to

:50:18.:50:21.

watch those three teams. If it starts attacking, they've got to be

:50:22.:50:25.

very careful with what they follow and don't. They can't follow

:50:26.:50:28.

everything, they don't have the energy. They have to make sure they

:50:29.:50:32.

don't let a move though that has a Belgian, an Italian and a Norwegian

:50:33.:50:36.

rider. If that happens, they need to chase it. But if an Italian and a

:50:37.:50:41.

Belgian get up the road and there is no Norwegian, they know that the

:50:42.:50:45.

Norwegians will chase it down. So that's all they've got to worry

:50:46.:50:48.

about. You've got to watch those moves happening at the moment those

:50:49.:50:53.

three teams are represented, you go. If not, you chill out and expect

:50:54.:51:01.

them to chase it down. Nice and simple! A nice phrase at this stage

:51:02.:51:09.

of the race, just chill out! We get the sentiment. You have to be very

:51:10.:51:13.

instinctive on it, where the whole time, watching what's going on and

:51:14.:51:16.

not hesitating the moment something goes. -- I wear the whole time.

:51:17.:51:24.

Normally you'd expect it to need it to his team-mate, Peter Sagan. Some

:51:25.:51:32.

shaking of the legs in this front group. Cavendish, he won't be phased

:51:33.:51:39.

by not having a really strong lead. He is very good at surfing the

:51:40.:51:43.

wheels. When he started to win his first Tour de France victories, he

:51:44.:51:48.

was a master at that, staying calm and surfing the wheels. 20

:51:49.:51:52.

kilometres to go. Very exciting, coming into the finish.

:51:53.:52:01.

Italy and Norway contributing mouth at the pointy end of the race. --

:52:02.:52:15.

contributing now. Ryan Roth taking a go at the Canadian. -- taking an

:52:16.:52:19.

edge on Canadian. A good day for him, hanging in at the front of the

:52:20.:52:23.

race. It's very unusual that the leading group is caught. It was and

:52:24.:52:29.

they are still there with the leading riders. It doesn't happen

:52:30.:52:33.

normally. It's nigh on unprecedented, I think. Good on him.

:52:34.:52:40.

That also goes to show the make-up of the race, the fact there was only

:52:41.:52:45.

one very hard section that also in the middle and caused all this

:52:46.:52:49.

damage. After that, it hasn't been so demanding, the fact that the

:52:50.:52:52.

riders left in the initial break are still there. On a daily course,

:52:53.:52:56.

they'd probably only have lasted two laps. Since they come onto The Pearl

:52:57.:53:05.

and nothing has actually happened. A steady, consistent pace. For the

:53:06.:53:09.

riders sitting on the wheel, it hasn't been too demanding. Even

:53:10.:53:12.

though it looks technical with tight corners, it isn't like you really

:53:13.:53:15.

have to get out of the seat and stamp on the pedals. It's been very

:53:16.:53:19.

flowing for those riders not on the front, pulling the case. It's that

:53:20.:53:25.

little spell where they have two keep the chase group at arms length

:53:26.:53:29.

and make it obvious that, no matter what they try and do, they are not

:53:30.:53:32.

going to gain ground on them and come back into attention. --

:53:33.:53:41.

contention. Other than that, certainly no activity off the front

:53:42.:53:45.

of this group. No sign of it splitting up attacks or counter

:53:46.:53:52.

attacks. The sheer looming presence of those blue jerseys has helped

:53:53.:53:57.

ensure that. We were saying the Belgian team would probably want to

:53:58.:54:01.

do some attacking to drop the likes of Mark Cavendish but, it looks like

:54:02.:54:04.

the closer they get to the finish, Tom Boonen is putting a lot of faith

:54:05.:54:08.

in his legs for this sprint against the likes of Cavendish and Peter

:54:09.:54:13.

Sagan, because the Belgian team are holding the pace high. There is no

:54:14.:54:17.

bunch at all. It would leaders go to show how confident Tom Boonen must

:54:18.:54:22.

be. He's got a great leader. He's got to riders left, Jurgen Roelandts

:54:23.:54:28.

is one of them. He will be at his disposal. It is a courageous, very

:54:29.:54:33.

courageous move. I suppose you have to be bold to win the World

:54:34.:54:35.

Championships. Oliver Naesen's tag must be almost

:54:36.:54:49.

empty, the amount of time he has been at the front of the race.

:54:50.:54:58.

Jasper Stuyven as well. Is a great rider in his own right. He is tipped

:54:59.:55:01.

as being the next Tom Boonen. He has won some good races. You can wind

:55:02.:55:06.

sprints. He is broadly somebody we going to see off the front in years

:55:07.:55:13.

to come. -- he can wind sprints. That is the reason he can do a big

:55:14.:55:20.

stint like this. The winner in Brussels this year. A couple of six

:55:21.:55:24.

places in the Tour de France, including in Paris. Anti-won a stage

:55:25.:55:33.

last year. Yes, he did. -- and he won a stage. One of the early

:55:34.:55:41.

breakaway riders cramping. Goes to riders in the middle of the picture

:55:42.:55:49.

actually are both in their day job team-mates with Mark Cavendish.

:55:50.:55:56.

I don't think they'll be able to help him much though. It's

:55:57.:56:05.

interesting, looking back down the line, Elia Viviani is this from the

:56:06.:56:09.

back of that line. Sitting on the wheel of another rider. Tom Boonen

:56:10.:56:17.

isn't going to attack but if anybody does it will be Greg. A bit of an

:56:18.:56:27.

indication that Elia Viviani doesn't back himself against the likes of

:56:28.:56:30.

Tom Boonen and Cavendish or else he would be playing that game and

:56:31.:56:33.

marking their wheels. He's looking for his best opportunity to win and

:56:34.:56:39.

he sees that if there is a late attack from elsewhere he will be

:56:40.:56:41.

there and he's obviously very fast at the finish. Elia Viviani having

:56:42.:56:47.

that gold medal in the Omnium this year. All the pressure is off. His

:56:48.:56:53.

road form hasn't been the same this year because he has been

:56:54.:56:55.

concentrating on the track. He did win a stage in the Dubai Tour

:56:56.:57:01.

earlier in the year. He had a great year last year, four stage wins in

:57:02.:57:06.

the Tour of Britain. A stage won elsewhere and a gold medal in Rio

:57:07.:57:11.

this summer in the Omnium. Mark Cavendish at halfway, back the

:57:12.:57:16.

groove. -- back in the group. Adam Blythe. Clearing up what is going

:57:17.:57:23.

on. Adam Blythe will be asking Mark what he wants him to do. Just

:57:24.:57:26.

sitting on his wheel now. That is often what you do in this situation,

:57:27.:57:31.

Adam Blythe sitting behind Mark Cavendish because then, if anything

:57:32.:57:35.

happens, you can see it happening. At this point in the race, you are

:57:36.:57:39.

so concentrated, tired, and they are still talking, figuring out what to

:57:40.:57:45.

do. It looks like he has set to Adam Blythe, I want the wheel of Peter

:57:46.:57:48.

Sagan. He is holding that very tight. Adam Blythe needs to be there

:57:49.:57:52.

in case a get opened up. This is where it is going to happen in the

:57:53.:57:57.

next few minutes and we will find out who will become the new world

:57:58.:58:01.

champion for the next 12 months, as they cross the line, one lap to go

:58:02.:58:05.

in the World Championship road race. Great Britain with two cards to

:58:06.:58:10.

play. Mark Cavendish and Adam Blythe in this leading group. If a star

:58:11.:58:15.

studded leading group of riders many of whom will feel they can become

:58:16.:58:19.

the world champion. So many riders in this group could legitimately

:58:20.:58:21.

win. All of these riders you would

:58:22.:58:35.

definitely call is being potential winners. In all honesty, I wouldn't

:58:36.:58:40.

dare call any of them at the moment. But I will call Mark Cavendish. He's

:58:41.:58:47.

got the experience. Tom Boonen and mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan I guess

:58:48.:58:51.

they be a bit less confidence against those two, but he has looked

:58:52.:58:54.

very comfortable through this race. Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen in

:58:55.:59:00.

Qatar have that history. They have got through today's race, the

:59:01.:59:07.

hardest part of the race, very well. Tom Boonen has the confidence of

:59:08.:59:10.

having the team worked so hard for him. These printers will be trying

:59:11.:59:14.

to take every positive that they can at the moment to try and get revved

:59:15.:59:22.

up for the finish. -- the sprinters. With a rider of Tom Boonen's

:59:23.:59:26.

stature, if he has the confidence to call a spread like this, you got

:59:27.:59:29.

enough team-mates to play different tactics but he is choosing not to do

:59:30.:59:34.

that. Very little chance in launching attacks now. Unless they

:59:35.:59:39.

want to cause chaos in the last few kilometres, which is possible. You

:59:40.:59:43.

might try and launch one from Van Avermaet. It's possible they might

:59:44.:59:47.

try and wreak some havoc in the final and then let Tom Boonen

:59:48.:59:50.

six-pack. He will anticipate that everybody else is unsure what's

:59:51.:59:54.

going to happen. -- let Tom Boonen sit back.

:59:55.:00:00.

Or you could do it all for one, clinical, traditional lead out. But

:00:01.:00:06.

do you want to lead Mark out that way? Let's face it, he won four

:00:07.:00:13.

stages of the Tour de France this year. The all-time greatest ever

:00:14.:00:17.

sprinter, perhaps. You want to make it a bit more difficult for him.

:00:18.:00:23.

So far it stays together. . 13.3kms to go. Tom Boonen is so confident in

:00:24.:00:31.

his condition here at the World Championships that he wants a

:00:32.:00:35.

head-to-head sprint. It looks more like it will be that way. The

:00:36.:00:40.

question eis whether Belgium will throw out attacks. Tom Boonen is

:00:41.:00:45.

showing confidence in himself for a sprint today. Adam Blythe has a

:00:46.:00:53.

massive weight on shoulders. He will have to take Cavendish to the line.

:00:54.:00:59.

Either shuts things down. When Cavendish asks you to do something,

:01:00.:01:03.

normally if you can do it for him he will fulfil the contract. That is

:01:04.:01:08.

how he operates. It is a lot of responsibility to have. We saw the

:01:09.:01:14.

discussion between them, cross the line before. Some decisions being

:01:15.:01:21.

made by Mark Cavendish. It looks as if he allowed him to have the wheel

:01:22.:01:26.

of Sagan. Cavendish has been glued to the wheel of Sagan for the last

:01:27.:01:32.

few kilometres. Here comes the second group.

:01:33.:01:44.

Over the line. One lap for them. Disappointment for Andre Griepel.

:01:45.:01:47.

This was no not the group he wanted to be in at all. One of the big

:01:48.:01:58.

pre-race favourites. Here we are with the leaders.

:01:59.:02:05.

Still all together. Only 12kms remaining now in this World

:02:06.:02:10.

Championship race. Adam Blythe is glued to Mark

:02:11.:02:17.

Cavendish's wheel. Mark Cavendish is stuck to Peter Sagan. What will

:02:18.:02:21.

happen is Blythe will sweep around the back and make sure no-one gets

:02:22.:02:27.

on Cavendish's wheel. That will be his first job. After that it will be

:02:28.:02:32.

a case of protecting him if anything happens, moving past him and

:02:33.:02:35.

positioning him if he loses a wheel. That is what Adam Blythe will have

:02:36.:02:40.

to do. He'll have to do an exceptional performance at some

:02:41.:02:44.

point, when the heat is on, to make sure Cavendish is delivered. He's

:02:45.:02:51.

the delivery man for Mark Cavendish. The tension goes up as the

:02:52.:02:58.

kilometres slowly click by and the finish comes on to the horizon. The

:02:59.:03:06.

last lap here on The Pearl, in Doha. The Belgians are dominating this

:03:07.:03:10.

leading group. A superb ride from them as a team. Not only did they

:03:11.:03:14.

get most of their team in the lead group, they had two in the front

:03:15.:03:20.

group disruptding the chase. Dis-- disrupting the chase. Disrupting,

:03:21.:03:25.

frustrating, but what a display of strength in numbers from the Belgian

:03:26.:03:32.

team today. They have not been under pressure since they made their move.

:03:33.:03:36.

They have been so in control. We saw in the women's race that the

:03:37.:03:43.

Netherlands took control, but didn't finish it off. They are speaking

:03:44.:03:49.

again at the back. There is Blythe and Cavendish. The four behind are

:03:50.:03:54.

left over from that initial break. It is a good place to be because you

:03:55.:03:58.

can see everything that is going on and it forces everybody else to

:03:59.:04:01.

question where you are and what you are doing. They are almost in the

:04:02.:04:05.

driving seat. It is like the back seat of the bus - they can see what

:04:06.:04:11.

is going on and nobody can see them. The reason he's doing that, he knows

:04:12.:04:16.

Sagan and his team-mates will move up at some point. If that doesn't

:04:17.:04:20.

happen, he has got Adam Blythe to come by and pull him up. At the

:04:21.:04:26.

moment they are counting on the two Slovaks to pull them up and they

:04:27.:04:35.

will use them as a sort of team. Boonen will get ready. He's sat in

:04:36.:04:39.

there, with his team-mates having done so much throughout the day.

:04:40.:04:42.

Will it work out for Belgium? Will they end up in the same boat as the

:04:43.:04:47.

Dutch, 24 hours ago, when they too were dominant in numbers in the

:04:48.:04:52.

women's road race and got into the perfect condition, a perfect leadout

:04:53.:04:58.

in the sprint, but ultimately the leader couldn't get over the line in

:04:59.:05:01.

first place. It is a difficult sprint to judge. You cannot see the

:05:02.:05:06.

finish line until the last 250 metres. There is the potential to

:05:07.:05:10.

accidentally go a little bit too early. That is the big fear of a lot

:05:11.:05:15.

of riders here, so the timing has to be right. It is an ever such slight

:05:16.:05:21.

little rise. How late do you have to leave it on this run-in? For

:05:22.:05:27.

different riders it is a different timing, obviously. Mark Cavendish

:05:28.:05:32.

can leave it quite late to pop out of the wheels and obviously these

:05:33.:05:36.

riders have had a demanding race. There are a lot of tired legs.

:05:37.:05:44.

Taking a look at the wind here, it has dropped off a little bit. It

:05:45.:05:48.

looks like it could be a little bit of a head-wind address well. -- as

:05:49.:05:56.

well. Definitely a slight head-wind. Who

:05:57.:06:00.

has got the coolest head because crow come around in the last 50

:06:01.:06:04.

metre, so you have to ride the right wheel and if you ride out early it

:06:05.:06:09.

is unlikely you will make it to the line. After hard racing it would be

:06:10.:06:18.

hard to have a sprint last 200 metres in these conditions. Whereas

:06:19.:06:23.

normally you would expect a sprint, a big rider could launch at 200 and

:06:24.:06:27.

hold it to the line, I think it will be more difficult in these

:06:28.:06:31.

conditions. That is the type of sprint where Cavendish excels. He

:06:32.:06:36.

can ride out in the final 75 metres and come by.

:06:37.:06:46.

And finally, the job is done of Naesen, I think. He pulls off the

:06:47.:06:55.

front. Just over eight kilometres remaining

:06:56.:07:00.

in Doha. The second Belgian ride tore go out of the job. What a job

:07:01.:07:05.

he's done as well. Not giving up yet. Maybe he's decided he's got a

:07:06.:07:09.

second wind, just in case he's needed again. He will hang in there.

:07:10.:07:15.

It is amazing how athletes can do that. They can squeeze every last

:07:16.:07:21.

little bit out of themselves. When they get to the back there, they

:07:22.:07:25.

find that extra motivation to get back in. We saw it yesterday with

:07:26.:07:32.

Danni King. A big turn, she was able to get back in. Look at the effort

:07:33.:07:39.

there in the front. His final pool I image fwin. Empty now. -- imagine.

:07:40.:07:49.

Empty now and peel off. Stuyven forcing the pace and drawing

:07:50.:07:54.

some of the sting from one or two other riders here who may fancy

:07:55.:07:57.

their chances. You can see the speed at the back. There is Mark Cavendish

:07:58.:08:03.

peeling out. Stuyven doing the big turn. It is levelling the playing

:08:04.:08:08.

field a little bit. Now Boonen only has two team-mates left. The same as

:08:09.:08:13.

Matthews and Sagan, Mark Cavendish - they only have one team-mate left.

:08:14.:08:17.

He's used up the majority of his team controlling the race now. At

:08:18.:08:21.

the moment it will look like a chaotic sprint. Norway and Italy

:08:22.:08:27.

still have three team-mates left for their respective leaders. You would

:08:28.:08:30.

count on them doing a slightly bigger leadout. There is a strong

:08:31.:08:35.

chance they would have burnt them out before the final K. It will be

:08:36.:08:43.

one leader with one man. So many riders who have genuine hopes of

:08:44.:08:49.

winning. Realistic hopes of winning. Stuyven has pulled off as well.

:08:50.:08:56.

Two team-mates left. So, this is going to make it even more chaotic.

:08:57.:09:03.

The three nor Norwegians... Each rider at the

:09:04.:09:15.

front for a while has to do one big turn. That is all they have left in

:09:16.:09:19.

them. To the final leadout now. It will all stall a little bit because

:09:20.:09:24.

there is a long way to go. Norway with six K to go. It is unusual

:09:25.:09:30.

taking bottles on with six kilometres to go. Some relaxed

:09:31.:09:35.

riders with six kilometres to go. Terpstra in there. Michael Matthews

:09:36.:09:50.

has been determined. Confident to have Heyman there to

:09:51.:09:56.

put him into a position. I think the only chance for Tom Leezer is quick,

:09:57.:10:00.

with the Dutch rider. He has used a leadout man in his professional

:10:01.:10:04.

team. Whether he would be convinced to do the sprint, I don't think so.

:10:05.:10:14.

That It is a slim chance on an occasion

:10:15.:10:23.

such as this. 1.3kms to go. You can see Blythe and

:10:24.:10:29.

Cavendish positioned. They have to be alert. Terpstra makes his move.

:10:30.:10:38.

He has a little go. Doesn't last for long.

:10:39.:10:45.

Avermaet with him. We knew Greg Van Avermaet... The moment Terpstra saw

:10:46.:10:53.

he had Avermaet on his wheel, he a's not going to work with him because

:10:54.:11:03.

he has Tom Boonen behind. Hayman was with that move as well.

:11:04.:11:09.

The Slovaks are taking control. They are quite enjoying... This is what

:11:10.:11:13.

they need to do a little bit now. I don't know where Peter Sagan has

:11:14.:11:18.

decided... Oh, that was Adam Blythe keeping Mark Cavendish's wheel clean

:11:19.:11:25.

there. Blythe knows what he has to do. His job is called the sweeper

:11:26.:11:29.

role, to sweep Mark Cavendish's wheel.

:11:30.:11:33.

I think he will be willing to do it. He has to fight to make space for

:11:34.:11:42.

Mark Cavendish as well. He's got to be the man that moves and makes room

:11:43.:11:46.

for Mark Cavendish. Four kilometres to go.

:11:47.:11:54.

It is Corella leading this group, around the round about. Mark

:11:55.:11:58.

Cavendish is further back from halfway. Watch Adam Blythe. He

:11:59.:12:04.

sweeps either side of Mark's wheel, making sure it keeps people away

:12:05.:12:13.

from him. Adam Blythe is in for that one, it

:12:14.:12:18.

is not a fun yob to have. It gets physical -- fun to have. It gets

:12:19.:12:22.

physical. He'll have to start to use his head

:12:23.:12:28.

and his shoulders. Hayman moving on. Not sure what we

:12:29.:12:36.

are seeing there. So Corella leads the way. Tom Boonen

:12:37.:12:41.

must feel the pressure now after such a superb job. He's in a good

:12:42.:12:49.

position. He looks relaxed. That is Leezer of the Netherlands in second

:12:50.:12:59.

place. Viviani in third. And Norway have got the one with the jersey

:13:00.:13:04.

unzipped. He's not the big card. He's trying to power away at the

:13:05.:13:06.

front for now. It is an interesting choice of Peter

:13:07.:13:14.

Sagan. You can see how the leaders are using their team-mates in

:13:15.:13:17.

different ways. Mark Cavendish has decided to use Adam Blythe as his

:13:18.:13:22.

sweeper. Peter Sagan has sent his team-mate up there to control the

:13:23.:13:25.

race. Peter Sagan will run this solo, which is classic Peter Sagan

:13:26.:13:30.

style. Mark Cavendish is using a slightly more refined tactic.

:13:31.:13:35.

This is where it gets dangerous. You can easily get boxed in or caught

:13:36.:13:40.

out. So again this is, we will see if Mark Cavendish is still glued to

:13:41.:13:45.

Peter Sagan's wheel. Because Peter Sagan, one thing he's good at is

:13:46.:13:50.

positioning. He's on Sagan's wheel. The blue jersey of Sagan, the centre

:13:51.:13:55.

back of this group. Two hand a half to go.

:13:56.:13:59.

And now this must be Terpstra having a go. It is Leezer.

:14:00.:14:04.

Yes, it is Leezer. Tom Leezer going off the front for the Netherlands.

:14:05.:14:08.

Gambling. He has to go for it here. He has no alternative. No chance

:14:09.:14:13.

whatsoever if it is a sprint. This will be the one-two tactic. Norway

:14:14.:14:19.

are forced to chase and bell gap. Greg Van Avermaet will -- Belgian.

:14:20.:14:25.

Greg Van Avermaet will have to go. So Tom Leezer on the attack. He's

:14:26.:14:30.

opened up a gap here now, with just two, less than two kilometres to go.

:14:31.:14:35.

He's looking strong. This is where the Norwegian rider will not have

:14:36.:14:38.

much in him because he's been doing the chase. Norway will have to use a

:14:39.:14:43.

fresher ride tore bring this back. He's going for it on the front. He's

:14:44.:14:49.

not got much left in the tank. He's losing ground to Leezer at the

:14:50.:14:57.

moment. All the leaders are scared of using their leading man. For the

:14:58.:15:02.

first time today the pressure is on the Belgian team.

:15:03.:15:09.

Boonen on the wheel with 1.3 to go. Boonen, it is too far at the front

:15:10.:15:17.

for Boonen at the moment. At some point Greg Van Avermaet will

:15:18.:15:21.

have to come up and help. Maybe he will be the guy for this sprint and

:15:22.:15:25.

Tom Boonen has been bluffing. That is an option. Two Belgian riders in

:15:26.:15:31.

the front. You can see the other side, with a kilometre to go, that

:15:32.:15:35.

is the worst position for Tom Boonen right now.

:15:36.:15:41.

One kilometre to go now. Tom Leezer from the Netherlands, look at the

:15:42.:15:46.

effort. He's getting everything he's got. Can he hang on? Still a long

:15:47.:15:51.

way to go. The chase is being led by the Belgians and Jurgen Roelandts is

:15:52.:15:54.

on the front. Jurgen Roelandts leading the chase. Beginning to

:15:55.:16:00.

close the gap. He's now going to use Tom Leezer as his target man, his

:16:01.:16:06.

slipstream. The guys in the break had been dropped. I can't see Mark

:16:07.:16:09.

Cavendish. He is still an Peter Sagan's wheel. 500 metres to go.

:16:10.:16:15.

They start to fan out across the road. Tom Leezer's output haven't

:16:16.:16:22.

been successful. Adam Blythe is moving up he looks over his shoulder

:16:23.:16:28.

to see if Mark Cavendish is there. In the finishing straight. Fanned

:16:29.:16:30.

out across the road. Tom Boonen tries to lead them. It comes Michael

:16:31.:16:39.

Matthews. Towards the line. Peter Sagan of Slovakia. Peter Sagan takes

:16:40.:16:44.

the victory on the line. What a spread. Mark Cavendish pipped at the

:16:45.:16:49.

last. He can't believe it. But you never bet against Peter Sagan in a

:16:50.:16:52.

situation like that, and he best -- he saved the best for last. What a

:16:53.:16:59.

sprint! What a finish! For the second year in a row, Peter Sagan is

:17:00.:17:06.

the world champion. That hasn't happened since 1992. Mark Cavendish

:17:07.:17:10.

get the silver medal. Tom Leezer of the Netherlands just forced out of

:17:11.:17:15.

it in the end. Tom Boonen Belgian with bronze. Cavendish left banging

:17:16.:17:20.

his handlebars in frustration. He knew that Peter Sagan's wheel was

:17:21.:17:24.

what he wanted, that's what he's back with, but he had the legs to

:17:25.:17:30.

get into the line. He did everything well but Peter Sagan is so strong.

:17:31.:17:33.

Tom Boonen did a great sprint. All of the favourites. Michael Matthews

:17:34.:17:47.

board, Nizzolo says,. -- Michael Matthews was fourth. Adam Blythe

:17:48.:17:52.

finished 12th. You was trying to lead out Mark Cavendish. Peter Sagan

:17:53.:17:56.

rode it perfectly. An unbelievable finish from Peter Sagan. He said his

:17:57.:18:00.

team made up the three or four kilometres for the finish. Mark

:18:01.:18:07.

Cavendish, a picture of frustration. So near and yet so far. Almost the

:18:08.:18:16.

perfect race for him. There you go, he's just saying that he lost the

:18:17.:18:19.

wheel. In that chaos and confusion. Adam Blythe came round. Jurgen

:18:20.:18:26.

Roelandts, Tom Boonen. There is Adam Blythe on the left. Mark Cavendish

:18:27.:18:29.

on the right. He tries to get onto Adam's wheel. He goes back to Peter

:18:30.:18:36.

Sagan and destroys not to take -- decides not to take Adam. Two

:18:37.:18:42.

Norwegian riders on the left. Peter Sagan jumps. Look at the speed of

:18:43.:18:46.

his job. Mark Cavendish decided to go left. He got stuck behind Michael

:18:47.:18:52.

Matthews. Peter Sagan chose the right direction. Mark Cavendish

:18:53.:18:57.

didn't. He ultimately got slightly bulked inadvertently behind Michael

:18:58.:19:02.

Matthews. They split. He did everything right. Peter Sagan chose

:19:03.:19:07.

to go right for the sprint. Mark Cavendish chose to go left. It's a

:19:08.:19:10.

lottery. You don't know which will be the right one. He got slightly

:19:11.:19:14.

caught behind Michael Matthews and that's what stopped him being

:19:15.:19:19.

closer. You can see his frustration when he crossed the line. For Peter

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Sagan, with number one on his back, to win, as reigning world champion,

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that is quite an accomplishment for anybody in any career. Just that one

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moment for Cavendish. He couldn't quite get through. With Michael

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Matthews in front of him. He had no choice. About 100 metres to go, they

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launched their spread. He couldn't have gone with Peter Sagan because

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he would have got locked in. They started their race against each

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other. Equally, Peter Sagan could have got caught up and he didn't.

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Mark Cavendish had the misfortune not to. Effectively a high five to

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Peter Sagan. Really good. They are the three riders be expected on the

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podium. It was just a matter of which order. Peter Sagan delivers at

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the end. What is entertainment. For the second time in his career, Peter

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Sagan is world champion. Mark Cavendish left disappointed with his

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second silver medal of the year, to go with the one in the Omnium it

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reopened it was so nearly gold today. -- the Omnium at Rio.

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Tom Boonen, previous world champion, he won it in 2005. An excellent 12th

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place for Adam Blythe. I can't believe it. It's amazing. I have

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thank you for all my family and friends. They support me here. They

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bring sort of energy from Slovakia here. They were cheering for me. I

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am very happy. It's amazing. My brother, he risked for me is life,

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because he went for the water upwards -- he went from the road, he

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went out of the road. Michael Kolar was going the last five kilometres

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in front to make that sprint. And you do the whole team. -- thank you

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to the whole team. I wanted to be an Peter's wheel. I knew that he would

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get the right wheel. I told Adam to come with a few hundred metres to

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go. When he came, he was alongside and it spread everybody out. It was

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the wrong side of the road. There was nowhere to go. Maybe I should

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have been further forward. I don't know. I had nowhere to go for most

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of it. Managed to come back and drown someone, Matthews, with less

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than 100 go. I came past Tom but I couldn't race Peter Sagan. So much

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power. I'm disappointed I messed up tactically. That decisive split in

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the race, you and Adam managed to stay with the leading group, that

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was the moment the race. There was a puncture. He was in the front. The

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guy is incredible to get us there. Daniel McLay and Ian Stannard. --

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Daniel McLay. So they were brilliant up to them. Just unfortunate to lose

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Luke to a puncture. He would have been valuable at the final. Mark

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felt he got boxed in. He didn't get a free run at it. By the looks of

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it, he was pretty quick. He will be disappointed. People had a lot of

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money on him. A group of 25 to win the sprint, you would put a lot of

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money on him. At the end of the day, Peter Sagan is fast. We know that.

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Just running out of road at the end. Maybe if the line was 20 metres

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later and Peter Sagan launched 20 metres later, but that's how it is.

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That is baked -- that is by Christine. I'll have to settle with

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another second. -- that is bike racing. It will be a long time

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before we see another sprinter's course. Do you think we have another

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world champion with us? Definitely. People like Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe,

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these guys moving on, Geraint Thomas would have won a medal at the

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Olympics if he hadn't fallen. 100%. Let's see what the world will be

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like in 2019. Maybe Mark will have another go there. Fantastic scenes.

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Peter Sagan celebrating another World Championship victory. A 1-2-

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three from former world champions. I think it tells you all you need to

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know about the quality of this race. Bitter disappointment Mark

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Cavendish. When you believe you could have won it, which I think

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Mark did, rightfully so. There were a couple of mistakes but he did

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everything right the whole race. Adam Blythe Webster left earlier to

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try and lead out. -- Adam Blythe went left early. Peter Sagan chose

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the right hand side and Mark Cavendish chose the left. That was

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fine but I don't think he anticipated Michael Matthews slowing

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as much as he did and he got caught up behind him. What are your

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thoughts? The expression on Mark's face of the race goes to show he

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believes he could have won it. Absolutely devastating to lose a

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race when you haven't really given yourself every opportunity and he

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made one split decision that might not have been right. Very difficult

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to know. You can see the disappointment of his face. Given --

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difficult not to feel is disappointment. It was absolutely

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critical, the sprint. But there were other moments where this race was

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decided. There was one moment, 184 kilometres from the finish and it

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lasted about five kilometres. That is exactly what happens. Everybody

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knew what was happening but it doesn't matter how prepared you are,

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when it happens, you just need to be caught in the wrong position and

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it's all over, or you have a puncture and there is no getting

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back. Geraint Thomas bitterly disappointed getting a double

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puncture just as he was getting across. But that is bike racing. You

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saw when they climbed off the bike that they couldn't believe it. They

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came in thinking that Team GB could be the strongest and dominating

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force. In the end, it was a bit of bad luck for Geraint Thomas, getting

:25:50.:25:52.

that puncture, and that critical moment. Very difficult for the team

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to deal with. The Belgians drove this race as soon as that split

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happened. They got a bronze medal for Tom Boonen. Could they have done

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more? I'm amazed at the confidence he had to control the whole race for

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a bunch sprint with Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan there. Mark

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Cavendish in particular, and he had the legs to win. But he chose his

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tactics. That's what a former world champion like Tom Boonen does. It

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didn't quite work out. As a team, they rode incredibly. They could

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have had different tactics but, on this circuit, I don't think they

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could have made a difference. Almost done here in Doha, but more sport

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coming up. The first round proper of the FA Cup is fast approaching.

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As the sunsets here in Doha, in fact it's properly set now, and we have

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got some cool air for the first time week, let's reflect on these World

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Championships. The crowd sat been disappointing but we have seen some

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great racing. They have. The women's race, I thought the British women's

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team, I haven't seen a performance like that ever read British women's

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team. It was fantastic, especially some of the young riders. Today, the

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road race, the British team, Adam Blythe and Mark Cavendish. Limited

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options when we expected a full government of riders and still they

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managed to do nearly a perfect race. Your highlight was to I figured it

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would have to be the way that Dani King rode for Lizzie Deignan. It was

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a top-class effort from Dani King. Lots to enjoy in Doha over the last

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week. Next year, we are off to Bergen, Innsbruck and finally

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Yorkshire in 2019. From all of us here in Doha, bye-bye.

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They are in the finishing straight. Fanned out across the road. It comes

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Michael Matthews from the centre. Peter Sagan takes the victory on the

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line! The second year in a row, Peter Sagan is the champion of the

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world.

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Jill Douglas introduces coverage of the men's road race at the Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar, marking the first time the event has been held in the Middle East.

Britain's Mark Cavendish has had a memorable season, collecting four stage wins at the Tour de France, where he also wore the leader's yellow jersey for the first time. The Manx rider also won Olympic silver on the track in Rio. Can he round off 2016 in style by reclaiming the road race rainbow jersey that he won in 2011?

Commentary is by Simon Brotherton and David Millar.


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