Mathieu van der Poel solos to spectacular World Championships victory despite late crash

The race was delayed early on by environmental protesters before the circuit took its toll, with Van der Poel winning ahead of very few finishers

Mathieu van der Poel wins road world championships
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Mathieu van der Poel is the new World Champion after crossing the line first in Glasgow. The Dutch rider went solo with 22.4km to go and soon had a gap over the chasing trio of Wout van Aert (Belgium), Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia) and Mads Pedersen (Denmark), who he'd previously been riding with.

Van der Poel won despite sliding out on a corner late on. By then his time gap was enough that he was able to remount and stay ahead. Despite a broken shoe he increased his advantage all the way to the end.

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