It's a Mads, Mads, Mads World

photo: Tim de Waele

A battle of attrition, 46 riders survived the cold and treacherous six plus hours of racing. Flooding forced the UCI to shorten the race by 23km. Many abandoned, in the end it was a Mads, Mads, Mads world.

"After six hours on the bike like that, everyone is on the limit and anything can happen. I think it changes a lot for every guy who is world champion and it will change a lot for me."
- Mads Pedersen

"A world championship for madmen."
-Alejandro Valverde

Julian Alaphilippe

"It's been a day of suffering, very difficult, I have rarely experienced this since the beginning of my career, we'll all remember it."
-Julian Alaphilippe. 28th