Crashes, mechanicals and illness hamper GB in World Champs U23 road race

Bad luck and bad form for Britain's riders saw Owain Doull finish a disappointing 92nd in the U23 men's road race at the 2015 Road World Championships

British cyclists in the 2015 U-23 World Road Championships

(Image credit: Watson)

Great Britain missed out on one of their best chances of a medal at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships as a series of crashes, a badly timed mechanical and illness meant Owain Doull could only manage a disappointing 92nd in the U23 men's road race.

Doull was well placed going into the final lap before being ridden into from behind and dropping his chain on the cobbled climb of Libby Hill.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.