Chantal Blaak nets elite women's road race world title despite crash

Mid-race crash did not stop Chantal Blaak winning the elite women's world title at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships

Chantal Blaak wins the elite women's road race at the 2017 World Championships

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Chantal Blaak (Netherlands) was crowned world champion in the elite women’s road race after successfully breaking away from an elite group of riders eight kilometres from the line in Bergen, Norway, on Saturday.

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) won the sprint for silver, just ahead of last year’s champion Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark), who took bronze.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.