2019 UCI Road World Championships Men's Road Race : 284.5km

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It's not even raining. Incredible incompetence of the UCI once again. Cutting the distance and the two hardest climbs is in the advantage of MvdP, Sagan and Matthews. It's a big disadvantage for climbers like Alaphilippe and Fuglsang.
 
It's not even raining. Incredible incompetence of the UCI once again. Cutting the distance and the two hardest climbs is in the advantage of MvdP, Sagan and Matthews. It's a big disadvantage for climbers like Alaphilippe and Fuglsang.
I wish they had not altered the course but the evidence of my own eyes looking out of the bedroom window in the centre of Harrogate says that it is currently raining albeit steady rather than torrential is the current state of the rain.
 
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I wish they had not altered the course but the evidence of my own eyes looking out of the bedroom window in the centre of Harrogate says that it is currently raining albeit steady rather than torrential is the current state of the rain.
Photos on Twitter show road completely flooded at base of Buttertubs climb and it is absolutely torrential rain in Ilkley just now
 
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I wish they had not altered the course but the evidence of my own eyes looking out of the bedroom window in the centre of Harrogate says that it is currently raining albeit steady rather than torrential is the current state of the rain.
The forecast posted on the previous page showed the heaviest rain at 10am, so exactly when they’d be going up the first 2 big climbs, and with the runoff accumulating just in time to flood as they go over the 3rd. Better that they be proactive and avoid a repeat of the TdF.

But yeah, shame the big hills are out.
 
Not a fan of the organization or the whole thing. They should have known which streets are always under water following an above average amount of rain. Now they act like this was completely unexpected.
 
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Van Avermaet is not happy.

"They know for 2 weeks it's bad weather and this course. And then they decide on the last morning to change the course.."
He is absolutely on the money. If anything, the only thing he is wrong about is 2 weeks. They should have known for years, back when they announced Harrogate to be the host, that this could have happened. It's just like the Eekhoff drama, the decision itself is probably the correct one, but the entire handling of the situation is godawful.
 
I'm expecting this race to be dominated by crashes and mechanicals. Weather looks really bad - not just very wet again but easily the coldest and maybe the windiest it has been all week. One for the real strong men - I think we see < 40 riders finish
 

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