29 September 2013

Only 61 Riders Completed Worlds

208 riders started, 61 finished

One of the most amazing results sheets I have ever seen: 2013 World Championships Mens Elite Road Race results sheet. It reads like this: 61 names with finish times and 147 DNFs.

Today was an unexpected World Championships Road Race. There must have been much more happening on the road then was seen on TV because rider after rider dropped out. Entire teams vanished from the road. 147 riders either crashed out or abandoned somewhere along the 272.2 kilometer route from Lucca to Firenze, Italy. Take a look over that results sheet to see the impact the cold and rain made on a champion peloton intending to race a career making race for themselves or a teammate.

So few were the finishers (and so impressive), it is worth printing out all of their names:

2013 UCI World Championships Road Results

1 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Portugal) 7:25:44
2 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spain)
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spain) 0:00:17
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)
5 Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 0:00:31
6 Peter Sagan (Slovakia) 0:00:34
7 Simon Clarke (Australia)
8 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kazakhstan)
9 Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)
10 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
11 Bauke Mollema (Netherlands)
12 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Norway)
13 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spain)
14 Simon Geschke (Germany)
15 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Colombia)
16 Michele Scarponi (Italy)
17 Filippo Pozzato (Italy) 0:01:05
18 Arthur Vichot (France)
19 Maciej Paterski (Poland)
20 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
21 Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark)
22 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 0:01:26
23 Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
24 Yury Trofimov (Russian Federation) 0:01:44
25 Pieter Weening (Netherlands) 0:01:59
26 Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic)
27 Aleksejs Saramotins (Latvia) 0:02:01
28 Romain Bardet (France)
29 Serge Pauwels (Belgium)
30 Matija Kvasina (Croatia)
31 Alex Howes (United States of America)
32 Chris Anker Sorensen (Denmark)
33 Michal Golas (Poland)
34 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Colombia)
35 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Colombia)
36 Tiago Jose Pinto Machado (Portugal)
37 Peter Stetina (United States of America)
38 Stefan Denifl (Austria) 0:02:05
39 Marcus Burghardt (Germany) 0:03:40
40 Jan Polanc (Slovenia)
41 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Colombia) 0:04:27
42 John Degenkolb (Germany) 0:04:53
43 Sergei Chernetski (Russian Federation) 0:04:55
44 Anthony Roux (France)
45 Gregory Rast (Switzerland) 0:06:24
46 Thomas Lovkvist (Sweden) 0:07:27
47 Andrei Nechita (Romania) 0:08:06
48 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain)
49 Paul Martens (Germany)
50 Thibaut Pinot (France) 0:09:09
51 Giovanni Visconti (Italy) 0:09:15
52 Bartosz Huzarski (Poland) 0:09:36
53 Danilo Wyss (Switzerland) 0:11:20
54 Jan Barta (Czech Republic)
55 Fabian Wegmann (Germany)
56 Amael Moinard (France)
57 Jan Bakelants (Belgium)
58 Rafal Majka (Poland) 0:12:55
59 Cyril Gautier (France) 0:15:11
60 Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands)
61 Thomas Voeckler (France)

I admit I was rooting for Vincenzo Nibali, although Joaquim Rodriquez worked hard today and looked shattered after the race. Two Americans finished the race: Alex Howes and Peter Stetina. Stetina was certainly not going to quit easily with his father in the hospital for a recent traumatic brain injury (status).

The new World Champion Road is Rui Costa of Portugal 

Perhaps it was the course on Sunday, which favored climbers, but an interesting point is that Rui Costa (Movistar) did not race the Vuelta this year, his last big race was the Tour de France in July (where he won Stages 16 & 19). Both Rodriquez (Katusha) and Valverde (Movistar) did race in the Veulta a España. A fact to fascinate all those coaches and trainers out there helping a rider to peak twice in a season.

Joaquim Rodriquez (SPA), Rui Costa (POR), and Alejandro Valverde (SPA). Photo by Gabriele Bellini for UCI Road World Championships Toscana2013

Race Report by Pez Cycling  |  Original Startlist  |  Photos by Steephull.TV

And now I get to show you my favorite photos I have taken of Rui Costa (below). For the next year he will be wearing rainbow stripes on a Lampre-Merida jersey (Costa will transfer from Movistar to Lampre next season).

Rui Costa interview post Tour de France Stage. Photo © by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®
Rui Costa with his friends and family on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in 2010. Photo © by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®
Rui Alberto Faria da Costa in France at the 2012 Tour de France.  Photo © by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®
Look for Rui Costa among the Lampre-Merida team in 2014. Photo from Lampre-Merida team website

Related post by Pedal Dancer®: Let's go to Italy! and Recommended Viewing: One Wet Worlds