Allez les Bleus
It was time for La Marseillaise to be played in Bergen when Benoit Cosnefroy took the gold medal in the men’s under 23 road race event.
Story by Kristian Arnesen Strømshoved
The Norwegian U23 team and Kristoffer Halvorsen wanted to defend the victory from Doha last year. And the setting was right, Bergen by rain.
It looked good for Norway, but in the end, it was a French victory.
- I didn’t know my rivals that well. I concentrated on myself and hoped I could win, a very satisfied Benoit Cosnefroy said at the press conference after the race.
The final race began
With four laps to go, the race gained speed, and silver medallist from the time trial, Brandon McNulty, managed to break away from the peloton. He was accompanied by Pavel Sivakov and Rasmus Fossum Tiller.
With three laps to go, Italy increased the speed of the peloton up Salmon Hill. This was an exciting time in the race indeed as many riders tried to push away from the rest of the peloton.
One lap to go
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Lennard Kamna from Germany, who took the gold medal on Sunday together with Team Sunweb at the Team Time Trial, pushed away just before “Salmon Hill”. The strong German rider flew up the hill.
Cosnefroy started the hunt for him, and soon after the duo was in together in front.
- We came to this race without a captain and we worked together to ride a hard race, the Frenchman said after the race.
Would the leaders pull it off?
The hunt was on. From the top of the “Salmon hill” and towards the coastline, the difference was about 10 seconds. Everybody was holding their breaths: would they pull it off?
With one kilometre left, it could tip both ways. In the end, Cosnefory pulled it off and finished first. Second was Lennard Kamna (GER) and third place for Michael Carbel Svendgaard (DEN).
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