Roth 15th in Men’s World Championship Road Race
The Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar, concluded on Sunday with the marquee Elite Men’s 257 kilometre road race. Ryan Roth of Guelph, Ontario, finished a stellar 15th, among the best professional riders in the world. Defending champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia successfully held onto his title in a sprint finish.
The Elite Men’s race took the riders north of Doha on a long loop into the desert before turning south to finish with seven circuits of the final 15 kilometre course on The Pearl island. Strong winds and temperatures in the high 30s Celsius made for a grueling race of nearly six hours.
Roth was a member of an early breakaway that went clear just four kilometres into the race. The group reached a maximum gap of nearly ten minutes, before being reeled in by a chase group shortly before The Pearl circuit. The Canadian time trial champion stayed with the leaders despite the high pace, and finished nine seconds behind the lead sprinters.
“My role for today was to try and get in the early breakaway,” explained Roth. “It’s a hard thing to do, but luckily the first move I covered was the break of the day. Once we got up the road, it was just about managing my effort as best as possible; keep the group rolling, stay hydrated and do everything necessary to survive a long day.”
“We didn’t have a lot of information, but we heard that there was a selection coming up fast, so we backed off and waited for them to catch us. Once we got to the circuit it was … just get to the next lap, and then the next one. For the finale, I actually wasn’t feeling too bad, so I just wanted to do the best result I could. A gap opened up just in front of me in the last kilometre, so I wasn’t able to be with the front guys sprinting, which was a bit disappointing.”
“I also have to say thanks to all the staff who worked so hard. Our prep camp in Israel played a huge part in the team being prepared for this kind of race, so I have to give a special thanks to [team supporter] Sylvan Adams who made it possible.”
Team manager Kevin Field said “I assigned break duty to Ryan because I trust 100% he can do it when asked. And it was a good chance for us to have a reliable guy up the road before the echelons started. For us, the race played out exactly like we expected, and it was super important having Ryan up there.”
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