HARD, EVEN by Yorkshire requirements.
That was how dwelling rider Ben Swift summed up the elite males’s race which closed the UCI Highway World Championships.
Of the 197 riders who set off from Leeds yesterday morning, Swift was one in every of solely 46 to achieve the end in Harrogate.
And that was after the size of the race was decreased – and the robust Buttertubs and Grinton Moor climbs bypassed – as a result of torrential rain and flooded roads.
Swift, the British champion, clocked a time of six hours, 34 minutes and 6 seconds to cowl the 260.7 kilometre course and completed 31st, six minutes, 38 seconds behind winner Mads Pedersen.
“It was a very robust day on the market, fairly epic climate,” stated the Rotherham man.
“It positively was [hard, even for Yorkshire], it was chilly, it was fairly windy at instances and there was a variety of large, deep puddles on the market which made it harder.”
Regardless of that, Swift insisted he by no means thought-about chucking up the sponge.
“No, you don’t wish to quit,” he stated.
“You go till you may’t go any extra. That’s just about what I did.”
Enormous crowds turned out at roadside and, as the one Yorkshire-based competitor, Swift acquired the loudest cheers.
Of the followers who stood for hours within the driving rain, he stated: “Unbelievable, the environment was buildng and constructing and it was superb to see so many individuals there on this fairly unhealthy climate, so due to them.”
Swift’s team-mate Geraint Thomas was one of many riders who didn’t end.
The 2018 Tour de France winner stated: It’s by no means good, personally, to not end, however the assist was second to none.
“We rode nicely collectively [and] the group was actually good. That is one thing we’ll keep in mind for positive.”
Even Pedersen was stunned on the ease with which he out-sprinted Italy’s Metteo Trentin, a previous stage winner in all three Grand Excursions. Stefan Kung, of Switzerland, took bronze.
“It was brutal, a fairly tough day, 10, 12 levels and a variety of water,” Pedersen stated.
“It was a very robust day, however that’s the way in which I wish to race.”