Norway’s hope Alexander Kristoff was pipped at the finish line.
Story by Mia Becker
"It's unreal," said Peter Sagan, who became world champion for the third consecutive year.
All the Norwegian people kept their breath as the riders passed the 1000m mark on the pier after the TV screens lost the images at a critical phase of the race. With about 2 km left there was only one man in front, but when the pictures finally came back on the screen, the field was again together and the thrill was immense.
Alexander Kristoff's expectations were sky-high when he passed the spectators on the pier in a fantastic position to win gold at home. At the end of the race, he saw himself beaten by centimeters by Peter Sagan, who became a part of championship history with his third gold in three years.
- It's absolutely beautiful! I do not know if it's going to make any difference in the world, but it's very nice. To me it was awesome and I am very pleased, says Sagan.
He became the first to win three world championships in a row. When he talks about the three golds he says that the first was not expected, the second was definitely not expected and the third medal was expected by very many.
"The last medal was the hardest.”
Won silver or lost gold?
"I'm badly annoyed by myself and considering how the job worked. I felt good, but I have no more to go on in the sprint. I felt I had it, but Sagan came over,” Kristoff says to TV 2.
Among hundreds of thousands of spectators, Alexander Kristoff and Edvald Boasson Hagen fought all over Norway's heart and honor and a medal of gold. It is getting to the last day’s of the cycling season and the world championship was not topped off with a medal in gold, but silver.
"We had two leaders today, me and Edvald Boasson Hagen, and the rest of the team worked well to get us in good positions. We both had good opportunities to get the best result, but eventually I was there and I am very pleased with that, "Kristoff says.
“Unfortunately, I was not quick enough. It was close, so I have to be happy with the result, but I'm of course disappointed,” he adds.
The team stood together
As the sun looked forward to the morning race, the world's best cyclists set off from Rong to Bergen city. Running for almost 270 km, the Norwegian people gave memorable pictures and had goose bumps for six and a half hours.
Several of the Norwegian riders made a very good ride. With about six miles left to the line, Odd Christian Eiking was well-placed for almost three miles. The two laps with the Norwegians in the front enthralled the crowds. Grøndahl Jansen also drove very good rides toward home.
Edvald had to let go at the Laksebakken in the last round, and at 7km he was completely out of the medal match. It was all up to Kristoff, who was the only Norwegian with the possibility of a medal.
How was the experience?
“It was quite insane, a lot of people. When you think of how many people were all over the course, then it's sick. It was a crazy atmosphere,” says Kristoff.