Worlds races because of the timing already have a lot of tired legs especially on the harder courses where the dropout rate is high. Quite a few riders didn't even make the journey for one reason or another but some admitted they were already burnt out. Riders coming straight out the Vuelta probablyy have ther best prep with the short turnaround in racing. Matthews rode the Canadian races. Ii enjoyed the race. Belgium were the favourites and that result was no surprise. Thankfully the weather improved for the final event.Actually, the pros rode like lazy and uninformed pros. Now we hear complaints that the time board on the moto was not exactly accurate and the gaps were bigger than expected.
Most amateur teams don't have the benefit of radios and a DS in a car to robotize their strategy. They know if a strong guy goes you'd best get on that train or regret missing out. Every contender plus a dedicated teammate should have responded or quit b*tching about getting beat. Fans that didn't like the race should think back on how it happened.