Australian sprinter Michael Matthews raced to a fantastic third place at the World Championships Road Race in Bergen. The race came back together for a sprint at the last moment allowing Michael to take the bronze medal in a tight finish.
The final race of this year’s World Championships saw the riders face 267 tough kilometres. The day started with a ‘Tour de Region’ through Bergen’s stunning countryside, before entering the race circuit for 11 laps. From the offset a 10-man breakaway went clear. They were allowed a generous advantage of ten minutes at most, though this was whittled down over the first few laps until they were caught with 75 kilometres to go. The next few laps saw several other attacks gain small advantages, but the peloton were wary not to give them too much space.
With two laps of the circuit remaining, the newly-crowned World Time Trial champion Tom Dumoulin attacked on Salmon Hill. This ignited the race and saw many other individuals roll the dice for victory. It looked like a lone rider was heading for victory, but a chasing group containing Michael, Tom, Simon Geschke, Warren Barguil and Søren Kragh Anderson was able to bring back the solo escapee. With the race now heading for a certain sprint finish, Michael moved into a great position towards the front of the group for the final corner. He unleashed his sprint with the finish line in sight to add a bronze medal to his gold in the Team Time Trial last week.