The highlight of these World Cycling Championships in Glasgow, the elite men's race was spectacular and crowned a king, Mathieu van der Poel.
After Remco Evenepoel, who better than Mathieu van der Poel to be the brand new world champion? In a spectacular race in the rain and despite a criticized course, the Dutchman, one of the big favorites in the race, won alone ahead of his eternal rival Wout van Aert and the inexhaustible Tadej Pogacar. Despite a fall in the final, the grandson of Raymond Poulidor was the strongest by far. "It was one of the last big goals I had left, and to win today is amazing," the Dutchman said on the finish, his eyes still wet. "It was the success that was missing in my career and I think it's my biggest victory on the road. I can't imagine myself riding in the rainbow for a year yet. I knew it This was where you had to attack, because immediately after that there was a descent, then another climb. I still felt strong, while I had noticed that the others were at the limit. I did not expect not to immediately swerve, but when I saw that no one was following, it gave me wings and I was flying". On the side of the France team, bad luck was at the rendezvous with Christophe Laporte, dropped due to a mechanical problem and the rest of the team not at the rendezvous.
In the rest of the news of these Worlds, note the beautiful silver medal of Benjamin Thomas on the omium in track cycling while Valentine Fortin also took silver on the elimination race behind the unbeatable Belgian Lotte Kopeky.
Here are all the race dates for these 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships:
The online event will be to follow this Sunday from 12:55 p.m. on the antennas of France 3 and Eurosport, here is the complete program: