Alexander Kristoff took sixth place at the Road World Championships in Wollongong this Sunday, the best result ever for a rider of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux in the elite category.
The race started in a traditional way with an initial early breakaway, until the French team accelerated on Mount Keira, isolating a group of 30 riders with Lorenzo Rota (Italy), Tadej Pogacar or Wout Van Aert.
Thanks to the work of the teammates of Georg Zimmermann (Germany), the dangerous counterattack was caught after the entry of the local circuit in Wollongong. Taco Van der Hoorn (The Netherlands) then took the lead of the peloton, controlling the gap to the breakaway of sixteen riders for more than two hours.
With three laps to go, or 75 kilometer, a new counterattack of twenty riders with Rota, Quinten Hermans (Belgium) and his compatriot Remco Evenepoel managed to escape. This group rapidly took a one minute gap on a disorganized peloton, that kept on loosing time.
With Evenepoel making his decisive attack, Lorenzo Rota battled in the first chasing group in the final race hour. He was in contention for a medal for a very long time, but in the end the peloton caught the Italian rider in the final kilometer. Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff managed to sprint to sixth place.